1981 in History – What happened in year 1981

✅ Published on April 10th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1981 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 januaryEnglish serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, the 'Yorkshire Ripper',was arrested in Sheffield, ending one of the largest policeinvestigations in British history.
08 januaryA local farmer reported a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence,France, claimed to be 'perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time'.
09 januaryU.S. Representative Raymond F. Lederer was convicted of bribery and conspiracy for his role in the Abscam scandal, but continued to serve his term for three more months.
15 januaryHill Street Blues, one of American television's most critically acclaimed shows, aired its pilot episode, 'Hill Street Station'.
28 januaryRonald Reagan lifts remaining domestic petroleum price and allocation controls in the United States helping to end the 1979 energy crisis and begin the 1980s oil glut.
13 februarySewer explosion caused by the ignition of hexane vapor destroyed more than two miles (3 km) of streets in Louisville,Kentucky, US.
01 marchLPGA Olympic Gold Golf Classic won by Sally Little.
05 marchThe ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, was launched bySinclair Research and went on to sell over 1.5 million units around theworld.
27 marchThe Solidarity movement in Poland staged a warning strike, the biggest strike in the history of the Eastern Bloc, in which at least 12 million People walked off their jobs for four hours.
29 marchDick Beardsley and Inger Simonsen jointly won the first running of the London Marathon.
30 marchTrying to impress actress Jodie Foster, obsessed fan John Hinckley, Jr. shot and wounded U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three others outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
03 aprilThe Osborne 1 , the first successful portablecomputer, was unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in SanFrancisco.
02 mayGeneral Motor Corporation acquired Chevrolet Motor Company on May 2, 1918 as a separate division. Chevrolet Motor Company was founded on November 3, 1911 by William C. Durant who was also the founder of General Motors.
05 mayAfter sixty-six days without food, Irish republican Bobby Sandsdied of starvation in HM Prison Maze.
10 mayFrançois Mitterrand was elected to be the first socialist President of the French Fifth Republic.
13 mayMehmet Ali Agca attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981 in St. Peter’s square at Vatican City. He was forgiven by Pope after being sentenced to life in prison by an Italian Court. On June 26, 2000, Pope released the ‘Third Secret of Fatima’ in which he said that assassination attempt was the fulfillment of this secret.
13 mayMehmet Ali Agca shot and critically wounded Pope John Paul IIin Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City.
21 mayThe Italian government released the membership list ofPropaganda Due, an illegal pseudo-Masonic lodge that had been implicatedin numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.
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.
05 juneThe Centers for Disease Control recorded a cluster ofPneumocystis pneumonia cases among homosexual men in Los Angeles, thefirst reported cases of AIDS.
07 juneIsrael air force destroyed Osirak nuclear reactor of Iraq. The attack was done during operation opera. The Israeli air force carried out a surprise attack on Osirak nuclear reactor. This reactor was a purchase of Iraq from France and was under construction.
07 juneThe Israeli Air Force attacked and disabled the Osirak nuclear reactor, assuming it was producing plutonium to further an Iraqi nuclear weapons program.
13 juneEnglish teenager Marcus Sarjeant fired six blank shots at QueenElizabeth II as she rode down The Mall to the Trooping the Colourceremony.
18 juneUnited States Air Force (USAF) The F-117 was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first operational aircraft initially designed around stealth technology, makes its first flight. The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United.
24 juneThe Humber Bridge opened, connecting the East Riding ofYorkshire and North Lincolnshire in England, at the time the longestsingle-span suspension bridge.
28 juneSeventy-three leading officials of Iran's Islamic Republican Party were killed when a bomb exploded at the party's headquarters in Tehran.
30 junePresident's rule imposed in Assam. President's rule refers to Article 356 of the Constitution of India deals with the failure of the constitutional machinery of an Indian state. In the event that government in a state is not able to function as per the Constitution, the state comes under the direct control of the central government, with executive authority exercised through the Governor instead of a Council of Ministers headed by an elected Chief Minister accountable to the state legislature.
09 julyDonkey Kong game was released by Nintendo. It was a video game designed by Nintendo. It became very famous and was listed in the best video games those times. The Donkey Kong video game was an arcade, character played game which was later developed into Mario. It has a storyline game play.
09 julyNintendo released the arcade game Donkey Kong, which featured the debut of Mario, one of the most famous characters in video game history.
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.


Famous birthdays in the year 1981:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 January Hanno Balitsch / Footballer / Germany
03 March Emmanuel Pappoe / Footballer / Ghana
03 March Julius Malema / Politician / South Africa
07 January Alex Auld / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
12 AprilBrian Vandborg / Cyclist / Denmark
13 JulyMirco Lorenzetto / Cyclist / Italy
15 MayJamie-Lynn Sigler / Actress / United States of America
16 AprilMaya Dunietz / Singer / Israel
16 NovemberCaitlin Glass / Actress / United States of America
17 JuneKyle Boller / Footballer / United States of America
20 MayLindsay Taylor / Basketball Player / United States of America
20 NovemberKimberley Walsh / Actress / United Kingdom
20 SeptemberDavid McMillan / Footballer / United States of America
21 MayAnna Rogowska / Pole Vaulter / Poland
22 February Jeanette Biedermann / Singer / Germany
25 OctoberAustin Winkler / Writer / United States of America
26 OctoberSam Brown / Actor / United States of America
26 JuneNatalya Antyukh / Hurdler / Russia
27 MayMarcelo Bonan / Footballer / Brazil
30 SeptemberDominique Moceanu / Gymnast / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1981:

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