November 1981 calendar

November 1981

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in November 1981.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on November 1981: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of November 1981?


  • 01 Nov 1981 1st Class Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents
  • 03 Nov 1981 Brewers reliever Rollie Fingers wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 04 Nov 1981 Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 seconds remaining
  • 06 Nov 1981 Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie to win a Cy Young Award
  • 08 Nov 1981 Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election
  • 10 Nov 1981 Oh, Brother! opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 11 Nov 1981 Oh, Brother! closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 12 Nov 1981 Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World
  • 13 Nov 1981 Ringo releases Wrack My Brains
  • 14 Nov 1981 Old Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park repaired andworking again
  • 15 Nov 1981 Camelot opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 16 Nov 1981 Merrily We Roll Along opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 17 Nov 1981 1st opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 18 Nov 1981 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP
  • 20 Nov 1981 Burundia adopts its constitution
  • 21 Nov 1981 400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles
  • 22 Nov 1981 Marlowe closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 24 Nov 1981 1st air-launched cruise missile tested
  • 25 Nov 1981 Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles
  • 28 Nov 1981 Merrily We Roll Along closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 29 Nov 1981 My Fair Lady closes at Uris Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • 30 Nov 1981 New York Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award
  • 01 Nov 1981 Antigua and Barbuda gains independence from the United Kingdom.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in November 1981?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)youtube
  2. - Private Eyesyoutube
  3. - Physicalyoutube
  4. - Start Me Up
  5. - Waiting For A Girl Like You

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - It's My Party
  2. - Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar)
  3. - Under Pressure
  4. - The Birdie Song (Birdie Dance)
  5. - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in November 1981?

Spring Moon by Bette Bao Lord

Spring Moon


In a time of mystery, an ancient land full of stunning beauty and exotic surprises...a brave woman triumphs over the ultimate tragedy of her world.

Teenage Romance by Delia Ephron

Teenage Romance


This book offers a humorous and sympathetic view of the painful pleasures associated with adolescent passages. It is illustrated by the charming drawings of Edward Koren.

The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot

The Lord God Made Them All


The triumphant finale to the legendary series

The Third Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders

The Third Deadly Sin


Edward X. Delaney, a retired cop, takes on a female serial murderer in this spine-tingling thriller by Lawrence Sanders (New York Times bestselling author). By day she is a middle-aged secretary

No Time For Tears by Cynthia Freeman

No Time For Tears


There is no time for tears