October 1981 calendar

October 1981

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in October 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 October 1981: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1981?


  • 01 Oct 1981 Iranian plane crash
  • 03 Oct 1981 Brewers (since 1970) and Expos (1969) clinch their 1st-ever postseason
  • 04 Oct 1981 Donna Caponi Young / Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ
  • 05 Oct 1981 Dutch guilder / Deutsche mark revalued up 5.5%
  • 07 Oct 1981 Hosni Mubarak became acting President of Egypt
  • 08 Oct 1981 1st broadcast of Cagney & Lacey on ABC-TV
  • 09 Oct 1981 Abolition of capital punishment in France.
  • 11 Oct 1981 Expos beat Phillies, 3 games to 2, in NLCS
  • 12 Oct 1981 Marlowe opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 13 Oct 1981 Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected President of Egypt
  • 14 Oct 1981 Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • 15 Oct 1981 New York Yankees capture 33rd AL pennant, sweeping 3 games from Oakland Athletics
  • 16 Oct 1981 2nd Dutch government of Van Agt resigns
  • 18 Oct 1981 Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
  • 19 Oct 1981 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant
  • 20 Oct 1981 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, New Jersey Nets lose to New York Knicks 103-99
  • 22 Oct 1981 Start of 1st-class game at Newcastle, NSW vs. Queensland
  • 23 Oct 1981 US national debt hits $1 trillion
  • 25 Oct 1981 12th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:08:13
  • 27 Oct 1981 Andrew Young, former United Nations Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 28 Oct 1981 Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black Mayor of Augusta, Georgia
  • 29 Oct 1981 Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies
  • 31 Oct 1981 1st live radio drama in 25 years
  • 06 Oct 1981 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is murdered by Islamic extremists.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Endless Love
  2. - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)youtube
  3. - Start Me Up
  4. - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
  5. - Private Eyesyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Tainted Love
  2. - It's My Party
  3. - Prince Charming
  4. - The Birdie Song (Birdie Dance)
  5. - Japanese Boy


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1981?

Night Probe! by Clive Cussler

Night Probe!


Heidi Milligan is a brilliant, American naval commander who accidentally finds a reference to the secret, long-buried North American Treaty. This was a landmark-breaking, precedent-setting pact between the United States and Canada.

Luciano'S Luck by Jack Higgins

Luciano'S Luck


An American Mafioso, in the darkest days and hours of World War II is the only hope for the Allies to win.

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

Noble House by James Clavell

Noble House


Hong Kong, 1963. Although the action lasts only a week, it is full of high-adventure: from murder and kidnapping to financial double-dealing, and natural disasters like fire, flood, and landslide.

Theory Z by William G. Ouchi

Theory Z