1981: On This Year

1981

1981 (MCMLXXXI in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1981th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1981 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1981 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1981, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1981, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1981, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1981, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1981.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1981 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.

history

What was 1981 known for ?

  • The 80s is probably the era that brought about courage not experienced before. Freedoms were accessible to more people than ever, and it brought about unrivaled creativity. Despite the colorful creations in the fashion and entertainment industry, tragic events were happening in separate parts of the world.
  • After addressing the construction and building workers union at the Hilton in Washington D. C. on 30, March 1981, reports across the radios and televisions were awash with the shooting of the USA president, Ronald Regan. The culprit, John Hinkley Jr., was only ten feet away from the president armed with .22 revolver with exploding bullets. He was not an excellent shot, and most of the bullets failed to explode as expected. The collateral damage includes the then press secretary James Brady, a police officer, and a secret service agent. The last bullet hit the presidential limo and ricocheted to hit the president in the chest. Hinkley walked free after doctors had found he was clinically insane.
  • Two months later, four gunshots rang through the air as Pope John Paul II’s procession made its way through St. Peter’s Square in Rome in the evening of May 13. One hit the pontiff in the abdomen, another hit the pope’s left hand; the third hit 60-year old Ann Odre from the USA in the chest, while the fourth struck Jamaican Rose Hill, 21 in the arm. The world waited as a team of surgeons took more than five hours to remove the bullets lodged in the pontiff’s abdomen and hand. The assailant was a 23-year-old Turk, Mehmet Ali Agca. Pope John Paul II visited Mehmet in prison and offered him forgiveness two years later.
  • Split in opinion on religious lines was the order of the day on June 6, when a train plunged into the Baghmati River. The engineer of the train braked too hard when a cow crossed the tracks and a rough estimate of 600 passengers in a train lost their lives. Torrential rains had made the tracks wet, and when the brakes were applied, the cars slid, and seven cars plunged into the murky waters of the Baghmati River. After a day’s search recovered 286 bodies with over 300 missing to this very day. The train had an estimated 1000 passengers onboard.
  • Despite the tragic events of 1981, it saw the worldwide invasion by Japanese electronics like the Walkman from Sony. A 12-year old also dissected the Rubik’s cube and wrote a book on how to solve the cube; it turned out to be a best seller.

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Oscar

1981: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1981, during the 54th Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 29/03/1982 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 1981:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1981?

Chariots of Fire
The Oscar for Best Movie went to Chariots of Fire, directed by Hugh Hudson, starring Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1981?

Reds
The Oscar for Best Director went to Warren Beatty, for the movie Reds , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1981?

On Golden Pond
The Oscar for Best Actor went to Henry Fonda, for the movie On Golden Pond, starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1981?

On Golden Pond
The Oscar for Best Actress went to Katharine Hepburn, for the movie On Golden Pond, starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1981?

Arthur
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to John Gielgud, for the movie Arthur, starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1981?

Reds
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Maureen Stapleton, for the movie Reds, starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski produced in the United States of America.
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1981: Who was Time's Person of the Year?


Lech Wałęsa
In 1981, Lech Wałęsa was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Leader of the Polish Solidarity trade union and architect of the Gdańsk Agreement until his arrest and the imposition of martial law in December 1981.

1981: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1981 were:

The Cardinal Sins by Andrew M. Greeley

The Cardinal Sins

By:

When it was first published, the Cardinal Sins became a global sensation. Andrew M. was the first to sell more than 3 million copies.

Masquerade by Kit Williams

Masquerade

By:

Schocken Books. NY. Copyright-1979. This publication-1980. "First American edition." First printing (no later dates, number/letter lines). Blue boards with impressions of the author's initials (KW), in lower corner of frontboard.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Cosmos

By:

One of the most popular science books ever is RETURNING to Television as an All-New Miniseries on FOXCosmos. Sagan presents a blue-blue world that is jewel-like in clear-eyed prose.

The Beverly Hills Diet by Judy Mazel

The Beverly Hills Diet

By:

NEW BOOK. Never read! This book was found at a closing bookstore. The dust cover could have light shelf wear, or may be damaged by bookstore handling.

The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot

The Lord God Made Them All

By:

The triumphant finale to the legendary series

Rooster chinese zodiac sign

1981: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1981?


According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1981 was the Year of the Rooster.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Rooster sign.

Nobel Prize

1981: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year


1981: Who won the Nobel Peace Prize ?

In 1981 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to:
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

1981: Who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry ?

In 1981 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to:
  • Kenichi Fukui Roald Hoffmann

1981: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine ?

In 1981 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to:
  • Torsten Wiesel
world population

1981: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1981 were Michael, Christopher and Matthew for boys and Jennifer, Jessica and Amanda for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1981: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1981 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Michael
  • Christopher
  • Matthew
  • Jason
  • David
  • Joshua
  • James
  • John
  • Robert
  • Daniel

1981: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1981 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Jennifer
  • Jessica
  • Amanda
  • Sarah
  • Melissa
  • Amy
  • Nicole
  • Stephanie
  • Elizabeth
  • Heather

vinyl songs

1981: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1981, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

1981: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1981 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
  2. Endless Love by Diana Ross
  3. Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
  4. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) by Christopher Cross
  5. Woman by John Lennon
  6. Slow Hand by Pointer Sisters
  7. Just The Two Of Us by Grover Washington Jr.
  8. Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones
  9. Queen Of Hearts by Juice Newton
  10. Being With You by Smokey Robinson

1981: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1981, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was One Day In Your Life by Michael Jackson

1981: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1981 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. One Day In Your Life by Michael Jackson
  2. Stand And Deliver by Adam & The Ants
  3. Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar) by Julio Iglesias
  4. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
  5. This Ole House by Shakin' Stevens
  6. Japanese Boy by Aneka
  7. Shaddup You Face by Joe Dolce Music Theatre
  8. Prince Charming by Adam & The Ants
  9. Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz
  10. Chi Mai (Theme From 'Life And Times Of David Lloyd George') by Ennio Morricone

1981: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1981 were:

Tenko

Tenko

Release year: 1981

Starring: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Claire Oberman, Emily Bolton

Country: Australia

Das Boot

Das Boot

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Country: United States of America

Hill Street Blues

Hill Street Blues

Release year: 1981

Written by:

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Country: United States of America

Pixote

Pixote

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Hector Babenco

Starring: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino

Chashme Buddoor

Chashme Buddoor

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Sai Paranjape

Starring: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey, Rakesh Bedi

world population

1981: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1981 was 4,536,996,762 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 40.0% of the total population, which is roughly 1.8 billion individuals.The annual population change in 1981 was an increase of +78.9 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.77% over the previous year.The average population density in 1981 was 19 persons per square mile (or 30 persons per square kilometer).

history

What happened in 1981?

Here's what happened in 1981:

  • Jan 1, 1981: International Year for the Disabled begins
  • Jan 2, 1981: Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, West Indies versus Pakistan.
  • Jan 3, 1981: Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 metre butterfly (58.91s).
  • Jan 4, 1981: Frankenstein opens and closes on Broadway
  • Jan 5, 1981: Nightline with Ted Koppel extended from 20 minutes to 30 minutes
  • Jan 6, 1981: 50th hat trick in New York Islanders' history - John Tonelli scores five goals.
  • Jan 8, 1981: Pirates of Penzance opens at Uris Theater in New York City, New York for 772 performances.
  • Jan 9, 1981: Francisco Balsamao elected President of Portugal.
  • Jan 10, 1981: John Severin sets 100-mile unicycle speed record, 9 hours 21 minutes.
  • Jan 11, 1981: Tintypes closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • Jan 12, 1981: Dynasty with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jan 13, 1981: Barbara Sonntag, Colorado, crochets record 147 stitches/minutes for 30 minutes.
  • Jan 14, 1981: FCC frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish
  • Jan 15, 1981: Hill Street Blues premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jan 16, 1981: John Lennon releases Woman in the UK
  • Jan 17, 1981: Philippino President Marcos ends state of siege
  • Jan 18, 1981: Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity
  • Jan 19, 1981: US and Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • Jan 20, 1981: 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
  • Jan 21, 1981: Bernhard Goetz is assault for 1st time on a New York subway train
  • Jan 22, 1981: 40th Islander shut-out opponent-3-0 vs. Red Wings-Billy Smith 15th
  • Jan 23, 1981: First Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente, California).
  • Jan 24, 1981: Kim Hughes scores 213 versus India at Adelaide.
  • Jan 25, 1981: Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • Jan 26, 1981: Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 versus Australia at Adelaide Oval.
  • Jan 27, 1981: The Indonesian passenger ship ''Tamponas 2'' catches fire and capsizes in the Java Sea, killing 580.
  • Jan 28, 1981: Olympic Glory oil tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills one million gallons of oil in a ship collision.
  • Jan 30, 1981: 8th American Music Awards: Kenny Rogers wins.
  • Jan 31, 1981: The Tide Is High by Blondie hits #1
  • Feb 1, 1981: 11th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 21-7
  • Feb 2, 1981: Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at age 88.
  • Feb 3, 1981: Gro Harlem Brundtland elected Premier of Norway
  • Feb 5, 1981: Piaf opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • Feb 6, 1981: Brady Brides, debuts on NBC TV
  • Feb 8, 1981: Brigadoon closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances
  • Feb 9, 1981: Stardust fire: A fire at the Stardust nightclub in Artane, Dublin, Ireland in the early hours kills 48 and injures 214.
  • Feb 10, 1981: 8 killed and 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
  • Feb 11, 1981: Polish Premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
  • Feb 12, 1981: Cape Verde amends its constitution.
  • Feb 13, 1981: Longest sentence published by New York Times-1286 words
  • Feb 14, 1981: Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
  • Feb 15, 1981: Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, New York.
  • Feb 17, 1981: Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
  • Feb 20, 1981: James Sanford equals 50 metre indoor world record (5.61 seconds).
  • Feb 21, 1981: Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
  • Feb 22, 1981: Amy Alcott wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic.
  • Feb 23, 1981: People Magazine features drug ordeal of Mackenzie and Papa John Phillips
  • Feb 24, 1981: Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • Feb 25, 1981: Calgary Flames scored 11 goals against the Islanders
  • Feb 26, 1981: 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn and Bost
  • Feb 27, 1981: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record Ebony and Ivory
  • Feb 28, 1981: Calvin Murphy (Houston Rockets) sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws.
  • Mar 1, 1981: Sophisticated Ladies opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 767 performances
  • Mar 2, 1981: Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington DC
  • Mar 5, 1981: Bring Back Birdie opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Mar 6, 1981: Walter Cronkite signs-off as anchorman of CBS Evening News
  • Mar 7, 1981: Bring Back Birdie closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Mar 8, 1981: Dennis Lillee ct by Queensland 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • Mar 9, 1981: Max Delbrnck, German/US biologist (Nobel Prize 1969), dies at age 74 (born 1906).
  • Mar 11, 1981: Chile constitution takes effect; military dictator Augusto Pinochet is sworn in as President for another 8-year term.
  • Mar 12, 1981: Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Mar 13, 1981: Attempt on Pope John Paul II by Mehemet Ali Agca
  • Mar 15, 1981: Broadway Follies opens / closes at Nederlander Theater, New York City
  • Mar 17, 1981: FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team, forms.
  • Mar 18, 1981: Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in one period (they beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4).
  • Mar 19, 1981: 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
  • Mar 20, 1981: Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Doctor.
  • Mar 22, 1981: 1st class postage raised to 18 cents from 15 cents
  • Mar 23, 1981: US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions.
  • Mar 24, 1981: Nightline with Ted Koppel premieres on ABC
  • Mar 25, 1981: (to March 26) Bowers and Ruddy Galleries auctions part of the Garrett coin collection.
  • Mar 26, 1981: Police and Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo, Yugoslavia.
  • Mar 27, 1981: John Lennon releases Watching the Wheels in the UK
  • Mar 28, 1981: Christa Rothenburger skates ladies world record 500 metre (40.18 seconds).
  • Mar 29, 1981: Woman of the Year opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances
  • Mar 30, 1981: President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
  • Mar 31, 1981: 53rd Academy Awards - Ordinary People, R De Niro and Sissy Spacek win
  • Apr 1, 1981: CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley
  • Apr 2, 1981: Heavy battle between Christian militia and Syrian army in East Lebanon.
  • Apr 3, 1981: The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
  • Apr 4, 1981: Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor
  • Apr 5, 1981: 10th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez.
  • Apr 6, 1981: Yugoslav government sends troops to Kosovo.
  • Apr 7, 1981: Belgium Eysken's government forms.
  • Apr 8, 1981: Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • Apr 9, 1981: US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru
  • Apr 10, 1981: Caveman with Ringo premieres
  • Apr 11, 1981: Race riot in London area of Brixton
  • Apr 12, 1981: Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender / WRAL Golf Classic
  • Apr 13, 1981: Washington Post's Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize for "Jimmy's World" (later admits story was a hoax and returns prize).
  • Apr 14, 1981: First Space Shuttle - Columbia 1 - returns to Earth.
  • Apr 15, 1981: Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award-winning 8-year-old heroin addict story is a lie; Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story.
  • Apr 16, 1981: Copperfield opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 18, 1981: Pawtucket and Rochester start a 33-inning baseball game
  • Apr 19, 1981: Oakland Athletics runs record to 11-0
  • Apr 20, 1981: Final performance of TV show Soap airs
  • Apr 21, 1981: US furnishes US$1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia.
  • Apr 22, 1981: 10,000 copper workers in Chile strike.
  • Apr 24, 1981: IBM-PC computer introduced
  • Apr 25, 1981: Maureen Reagan (40) marries 3rd husband, Dennis Revell
  • Apr 26, 1981: Copperfield closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 27, 1981: Xerox introduces the Xerox 8010 Star Information System. It features graphics display, word processor, mouse, laser printer, Ethernet, and software for combining text and graphics Priced at about $16,000, the computer is not a commercial success. During its lifetime, 100,000 units are produced.
  • Apr 29, 1981: Peter Sutcliffe admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper (murdered 13 women).
  • Apr 30, 1981: Can-Can opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 1, 1981: Billie Jean King admits to a lesbian affair with Marilyn Barnett
  • May 2, 1981: Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes
  • May 3, 1981: Can-Can closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 4, 1981: Rockline premieres on KLOS FM in Los Angeles
  • May 5, 1981: Bobby Sands, Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and elected member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, dies aged 27 while on hunger strike in HM Prison Maze.
  • May 6, 1981: Inacent Black opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • May 8, 1981: Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, one short of record.
  • May 9, 1981: Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx Historian
  • May 10, 1981: Amy Alcott wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament.
  • May 12, 1981: Lena Horne: Lady, Music opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 performances
  • May 13, 1981: Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st Europe Cup II.
  • May 14, 1981: 35th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2.
  • May 15, 1981: George Harrison releases All Those Years Ago in the UK
  • May 16, 1981: Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks
  • May 17, 1981: Inacent Black closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • May 20, 1981: Ipswich Town wins 10th UEFA Cup at Amsterdam.
  • May 21, 1981: Stanley Cup: New York Islanders beat the Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1
  • May 22, 1981: Soyuz 40 returns to Earth.
  • May 23, 1981: Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage.
  • May 24, 1981: Kathy Hite wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.
  • May 25, 1981: Al Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified
  • May 26, 1981: Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14.
  • May 27, 1981: John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol
  • May 29, 1981: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • May 30, 1981: Nightline extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week
  • May 31, 1981: Cathy Reynolds wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship.
  • Jun 1, 1981: Production of Chevrolet Corvette cars begins at a new plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. The first Corvette is a two-tone Beige over Dark Brown 1981 model.
  • Jun 2, 1981: Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be
  • Jun 3, 1981: Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt
  • Jun 4, 1981: 54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus
  • Jun 5, 1981: Center of Disease Control reports of a pneumonia affecting gays
  • Jun 6, 1981: 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29
  • Jun 7, 1981: 35th Tony Awards: Amadeus and 42nd Street win
  • Jun 8, 1981: 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters
  • Jun 10, 1981: Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Company
  • Jun 11, 1981: Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student
  • Jun 12, 1981: Raiders Of The Lost Ark starring Harrison Ford premieres
  • Jun 13, 1981: 39 Unification church couples wed in Germany
  • Jun 14, 1981: 27th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young
  • Jun 17, 1981: Battle between Moslems and Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
  • Jun 18, 1981: Vaccine to prevent hoof and mouth disease announced
  • Jun 19, 1981: Boeing commercial Chinook 2-rotor helicopter is certified.
  • Jun 20, 1981: Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats
  • Jun 21, 1981: 81st US Golf Open: David Graham shoots 273 at Merion Golf Club - Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 22, 1981: Iran President Bani Sadr deposed
  • Jun 23, 1981: This Was Burlesque opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Jun 24, 1981: The Humber Bridge is opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It would be the world's longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years.
  • Jun 25, 1981: Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional
  • Jun 26, 1981: For Your Eyes Only premieres in US
  • Jun 27, 1981: Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes returns to #1 slot
  • Jun 28, 1981: Piaf closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • Jun 29, 1981: Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Teheran, 72 killed
  • Jul 1, 1981: NEC soccer team forms in Nijmegen
  • Jul 2, 1981: The Wonderland Gang is brutally murdered in a massacre involving Eddie Nash.
  • Jul 3, 1981: 88th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats H Mandlikova
  • Jul 5, 1981: 9th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Jan Stephenson
  • Jul 7, 1981: 1st solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, crosses English Channel
  • Jul 8, 1981: Prime Minister Maurois nationalizes banks / plane / steel industry in France
  • Jul 9, 1981: Jacksons begin a 36-city tour
  • Jul 10, 1981: CERN achieves first proton-antiproton beam collision (570 GeV).
  • Jul 11, 1981: Neva Rockefeller is 1st woman ordered to pay her husband alimony
  • Jul 12, 1981: Debbie Austin wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 14, 1981: US Senate confirms Donna Pope as US Mint director.
  • Jul 16, 1981: India performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 17, 1981: This is Burlesque closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Jul 18, 1981: Poland communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek
  • Jul 19, 1981: 110th British Golf Open: Bill Rogers shoots a 276 at Royal St. George
  • Jul 20, 1981: England set for innings loss vs. Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls
  • Jul 21, 1981: Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
  • Jul 22, 1981: Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca sentenced in a Rome court to life in prison.
  • Jul 24, 1981: Mohammed Ali Rajai elected President of Iran
  • Jul 25, 1981: Voyager 2 encounters Saturn.
  • Jul 26, 1981: New York Mayor Ed Koch is given Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant
  • Jul 27, 1981: 6 year old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh is kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and is found murdered two weeks later.
  • Jul 29, 1981: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated
  • Jul 30, 1981: Belgian Senate accept laws against racism
  • Jul 31, 1981: 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends
  • Aug 1, 1981: MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • Aug 2, 1981: Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs
  • Aug 3, 1981: 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike
  • Aug 4, 1981: Columbia mated with SRBs and external tank for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 5, 1981: Federal government began firing striking air traffic controllers
  • Aug 6, 1981: Crowned Miss National Teen-Ager
  • Aug 7, 1981: The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
  • Aug 9, 1981: 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • Aug 10, 1981: Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business
  • Aug 12, 1981: IBM introduces PC and PC-DOS version 1.0
  • Aug 13, 1981: Last broadcast of Waltons on CBS-TV
  • Aug 14, 1981: Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off New York Met Mike Scott
  • Aug 15, 1981: Botham scores a century in 86 balls vs. Australia at Old Trafford
  • Aug 16, 1981: Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • Aug 18, 1981: My Fair Lady opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • Aug 19, 1981: 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • Aug 24, 1981: American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel
  • Aug 25, 1981: Jeff Schwartz sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09).
  • Aug 26, 1981: Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 27, 1981: Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard Andrea Doria
  • Aug 28, 1981: Sebastian Coe of the UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33
  • Aug 29, 1981: 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • Aug 30, 1981: Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 31, 1981: Royals manager Jim Frey is fired and replaced by Dick Howser
  • Sep 1, 1981: Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
  • Sep 3, 1981: Gerald P Remy of Boston gets 6 hits in a baseball game
  • Sep 4, 1981: Longest game at Fenway Park completed in 20, Mariners-8, Red Sox-7
  • Sep 6, 1981: Bob Lemon becomes the New York Yankees' manager for the second time.
  • Sep 7, 1981: Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 9, 1981: Vernon E Jordan resigns as President of National Urban League
  • Sep 10, 1981: Guernica of Pablo Picasso returns to Spain
  • Sep 11, 1981: 2nd government of Agt forms
  • Sep 12, 1981: 95th US Womens Tennis: Tracy Austin beats M Navratilova
  • Sep 13, 1981: 33rd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Hill St. Blue, Judd Hirsh and Isabel Sanford wins
  • Sep 14, 1981: Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • Sep 15, 1981: Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical Laborem exercens against capitalism / marxism
  • Sep 16, 1981: 1st broadcast of Miami Vice on NBC-TV
  • Sep 17, 1981: Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season
  • Sep 18, 1981: Assemblee Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • Sep 19, 1981: Satellites China 10 and 11 launched into Earth orbit by B-1 rocket.
  • Sep 20, 1981: Belize declares independence
  • Sep 21, 1981: Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from the UK
  • Sep 24, 1981: Enterprise Radio (all sports) resigns air
  • Sep 25, 1981: Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour
  • Sep 26, 1981: First flight of the Boeing 767 airliner.
  • Sep 27, 1981: Day in Hollywood, A Night.., closes at John Golden New York after 588 performances
  • Sep 28, 1981: Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two black joggers in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Sep 29, 1981: US Senate confirms Elizabeth Jones as US Mint chief engraver.
  • Sep 30, 1981: Seoul, South Korea is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics.
  • Oct 1, 1981: Iranian plane crash
  • Oct 3, 1981: Brewers (since 1970) and Expos (1969) clinch their 1st-ever postseason
  • Oct 4, 1981: Donna Caponi Young / Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ
  • Oct 5, 1981: Dutch guilder / Deutsche mark revalued up 5.5%
  • Oct 7, 1981: Hosni Mubarak became acting President of Egypt
  • Oct 8, 1981: 1st broadcast of Cagney & Lacey on ABC-TV
  • Oct 9, 1981: Abolition of capital punishment in France.
  • Oct 11, 1981: Expos beat Phillies, 3 games to 2, in NLCS
  • Oct 12, 1981: Marlowe opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Oct 13, 1981: Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected President of Egypt
  • Oct 14, 1981: Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • Oct 15, 1981: New York Yankees capture 33rd AL pennant, sweeping 3 games from Oakland Athletics
  • Oct 16, 1981: 2nd Dutch government of Van Agt resigns
  • Oct 18, 1981: Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
  • Oct 19, 1981: LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant
  • Oct 20, 1981: 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, New Jersey Nets lose to New York Knicks 103-99
  • Oct 22, 1981: Start of 1st-class game at Newcastle, NSW vs. Queensland
  • Oct 23, 1981: US national debt hits $1 trillion
  • Oct 25, 1981: 12th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:08:13
  • Oct 27, 1981: Andrew Young, former United Nations Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Oct 28, 1981: Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black Mayor of Augusta, Georgia
  • Oct 29, 1981: Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies
  • Oct 31, 1981: 1st live radio drama in 25 years
  • Nov 1, 1981: 1st Class Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents
  • Nov 3, 1981: Brewers reliever Rollie Fingers wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 4, 1981: Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 seconds remaining
  • Nov 6, 1981: Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie to win a Cy Young Award
  • Nov 8, 1981: Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election
  • Nov 10, 1981: Oh, Brother! opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Nov 11, 1981: Oh, Brother! closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Nov 12, 1981: Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World
  • Nov 13, 1981: Ringo releases Wrack My Brains
  • Nov 14, 1981: Old Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park repaired andworking again
  • Nov 15, 1981: Camelot opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Nov 16, 1981: Merrily We Roll Along opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 17, 1981: 1st opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Nov 18, 1981: Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP
  • Nov 20, 1981: Burundia adopts its constitution
  • Nov 21, 1981: 400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles
  • Nov 22, 1981: Marlowe closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Nov 24, 1981: 1st air-launched cruise missile tested
  • Nov 25, 1981: Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles
  • Nov 28, 1981: Merrily We Roll Along closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 29, 1981: My Fair Lady closes at Uris Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • Nov 30, 1981: New York Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award
  • Dec 1, 1981: 180 dies as Yugoslav DC-9 jetliner slams into a mountain
  • Dec 2, 1981: Spanish government requests membership in NATO.
  • Dec 3, 1981: Beth Daniel / Tom Kite wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 4, 1981: Falcon Crest premieres on CBS-TV
  • Dec 5, 1981: 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern California (RB).
  • Dec 6, 1981: Rob de Castella of Australia sets marathon record at 2:08:18.
  • Dec 7, 1981: Spain becomes a member of the NATO
  • Dec 8, 1981: The No. 21 Mine explosion in Whitwell, Tennessee kills 13.
  • Dec 9, 1981: Porn star John Holmes charged with Laurel Canyon murders
  • Dec 10, 1981: During the Ministerial Session of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, Spain signs the Protocol of Accession to NATO.
  • Dec 11, 1981: Argentine President / General Roberto Viola flees
  • Dec 12, 1981: 1st closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Dec 13, 1981: Polish government declares martial law, arrests Solidarity activists
  • Dec 14, 1981: Arab-Israeli conflict: Israel's Knesset passes The Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the area of the Golan Heights.
  • Dec 15, 1981: 4th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • Dec 17, 1981: Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brigadier General James L Dozier
  • Dec 19, 1981: Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.
  • Dec 20, 1981: Dreamgirls opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances
  • Dec 21, 1981: Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 overtimes (NCAA record).
  • Dec 22, 1981: Argentine General Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president.
  • Dec 24, 1981: Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa and Lisa Evers marry
  • Dec 28, 1981: Cleveland Metroparks Administrative offices move from downtown to Zoo
  • Dec 30, 1981: In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.
  • Dec 31, 1981: CNN Headline News debuts.
  • Jan 2, 1981: One of the largest investigations by a British police force ends when serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper", is arrested in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

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What does the year 1981 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1981 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 82nd year of the 20th century and the 1st year of the 1980s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1980 and precedes 1982.

calendars for year 1981

Can you show me the calendar for the year 1981?

February 1981
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September 1981
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November 1981
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