1981 in History – What happened in year 1981

In history, year 1981 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1981.

Know what happened in 1981:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 OctoberThe hunger strike by Irish Republican Army prisoners at theMaze jail in Belfast ended after seven months and 10 deaths.
05 JuneThe Centers for Disease Control recorded a cluster ofPneumocystis pneumonia cases among homosexual men in Los Angeles, thefirst reported cases of AIDS.
10 AugustThe severed head of kidnapped six-year-old Adam Walsh was foundin a canal in Vero Beach, Florida, prompting his father John to becomean advocate for victims' rights, helping to spur the formation of theNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
11 DecemberSalvadoran Civil War-About 900 civilians were killed by theSalvadoran armed forces in an anti-guerrilla campaign.
13 FebruarySewer explosions caused by the ignition of hexane vapors destroyed more than two miles (3 km) of streets in Louisville, Kentucky, US.
13 JuneEnglish teenager Marcus Sarjeant fired six blank shots at QueenElizabeth II as she rode down The Mall to the Trooping the Colourceremony.
13 MayMehmet Ali Agca shot and critically wounded Pope John Paul IIin Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City.
14 OctoberHosni Mubarak was elected President of Egypt, one week afterAnwar Sadat was assassinated.
21 MayThe Italian government released the membership list ofPropaganda Due, an illegal pseudo-Masonic lodge that had been implicatedin numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.
24 JuneThe Humber Bridge opened, connecting the East Riding ofYorkshire and North Lincolnshire in England, at the time the longestsingle-span suspension bridge.
29 July A worldwide television audience of over 700 million peoplewatched the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana Spencer at StPaul's Cathedral in London.
11 DecemberSalvadoran Civil War-About 900 civilians were killed by theSalvadoran armed forces in an anti-guerrilla campaign.
19 DecemberSixteen lives were lost when a Penlee lifeboat went to the aidof the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas off the south-westcoast of England.
27 OctoberCold War-Soviet Whiskey-class submarine U 137 ran aground nearSweden's Karlskrona naval base (monument pictured), sparking aninternational incident termed 'Whiskey on the rocks'.
19 AugustTwo American F-14 Tomcats shot down two Libyan Su-22 Fitterswhile the U.S. Navy conducted military exercises in the Gulf of Sidra.
09 JulyNintendo released the arcade game Donkey Kong (pictured), whichfeatured the debut of Mario, one of the most famous characters in videogame history.
17 JulyA structural failure caused a walkway at the Hyatt Regencyhotel in Kansas City, Missouri, US, to collapse (damage pictured),killing 114 people and injuring 216 others.
07 JuneThe Israeli Air Force attacked and disabled the Osirak nuclearreactor, assuming it was producing plutonium to further an Iraqi nuclearweapons program.
31 MayAn organized mob of police and government-sponsoredparamilitias began burning the public library in Jaffna, Sri Lanka,destroying over 97,000 items in one of the most violent examples ofethnic biblioclasm of the 20th century.
03 AprilThe Osborne 1 (pictured), the first successful portablecomputer, was unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in SanFrancisco.
02 JanuaryEnglish serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, the 'Yorkshire Ripper',was arrested in Sheffield, ending one of the largest policeinvestigations in British history.
09 JanuaryU.S. Representative Raymond F. Lederer was convicted of briberyand conspiracy for his role in the Abscam scandal, but continued toserve his term for three more months.
05 JuneThe Centers for Disease Control recorded a cluster ofPneumocystis pneumonia cases among homosexual men in Los Angeles, thefirst reported cases of AIDS.
05 MayAfter sixty-six days without food, Irish republican Bobby Sandsdied of starvation in HM Prison Maze.
05 MarchThe ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, was launched bySinclair Research and went on to sell over 1.5 million units around theworld.
08 January A local farmer reported a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence,France, claimed to be 'perhaps the most completely and carefullydocumented sighting of all time'.
12 AugustThe IBM Personal Computer, the original version and progenitor of the IBM PC compatible hardware platform, was introduced.
15 January Hill Street Blues, one of American television's most criticallyacclaimed shows, aired its pilot episode, 'Hill Street Station'.
16 JulyMahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia's fourth prime minister, a post which he held for 22 years, making him the country'slongest-serving one.
19 DecemberSixteen lives were lost when a Penlee lifeboat went to the aidof the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas off the south-westcoast of England.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1981:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 March Will Power / Racing Car Driver / Australia
03 NovemberRodrigo Millar / Footballer / Chile
03 AugustPablo Ibáñez / Footballer / Spain
06 February Ricky Barnes / Golfer / United States of America
09 March Clay Rapada / Baseball Player / United States of America
09 AprilDennis Sarfate / Baseball Player / United States of America
11 MayDusán Mukics / Journalist / Slovenia
13 AprilNat Borchers / Footballer / United States of America
14 DecemberShaun Marcum / Baseball Player / United States of America
14 NovemberRussell Tovey / Actor / United Kingdom
15 February Matt Hoopes / Writer / United States of America
18 NovemberMaggie Stiefvater / Author / United States of America
19 JulyJimmy Gobble / Baseball Player / United States of America
19 MayLuciano Figueroa / Footballer / Argentina
20 January Freddy Guzmán / Baseball Player / Dominican Republic
20 DecemberJames Shields / Baseball Player / United States of America
25 NovemberJared Jeffries / Basketball Player / United States of America
25 JulyYūichi Komano / Footballer / Japan
30 OctoberJun Ji-hyun / Model / South Korea
31 January Justin Timberlake / Writer / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1981:

YearName / Profession / Country
29 OctoberRiya Sen / Actress / India
08 OctoberMona Singh / Actress / India
07 NovemberAnushka Shetty / Actress / India
24 NovemberCelina Jaitley / Actress / India
10 AprilPrasad Barve / Actor / India
27 March Akhil Kumar / Boxer / India
09 DecemberDiya Mirza / Actress / India
31 JanuaryAmrita Arora / Actress / India
25 FebruaryAnuj Sahni / Actor / India
02 NovemberIsha Deol / Actress / India
30 AprilKunal Nayyar / Actor / India
02 AprilKapil Sharma / Actor / India
27 NovemberDivya Khosla Kumar / Actress / India
07 JulyMahendra Singh Dhoni / Player / India
12 DecemberYuvraj Singh / Cricketer / India
02 JulyAnupama Verma / Actress / India
14 OctoberGautam Gambhir / Cricketer / India
07 JulyMahendra Singh Dhoni / Cricketer / India
24 NovemberCelina Jaitley / Actress / India
07 JuneAmrita Rao / Actress / India

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