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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 25, 1981 – Jiang Qing, the widow of Mao Zedong, is sentenced to death.
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- February 6, 1981 – The National Resistance Army of Uganda launches an attack on a Ugandan Army installation in the central Mubende District to begin the Ugandan Bush War.
- April 11, 1981 – A massive riot in Brixton, South London, results in almost 300 police injuries and 65 serious civilian injuries.
- May 5, 1981 – Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
- May 31, 1981 – Burning of Jaffna library, Sri Lanka, It is one of the violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the twentieth century.
- June 27, 1981 – The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issues its “Resolution on Certain Questions in the History of Our Party Since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China”, laying the blame for the Cultural Revolution on Mao Zedong.
- August 10, 1981 – Murder of Adam Walsh: the head of John Walsh’s son is found. This inspires the creation of the television series America’s Most Wanted.
- December 11, 1981 – El Mozote massacre: Armed forces in El Salvador kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the Salvadoran Civil War.
- December 14, 1981 – Arab-Israeli conflict: Israel’s Knesset passes The Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the area of the Golan Heights.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- February 2, 1981 – Michelle Bass, English reality TV star and glamour model
- February 19, 1981 – Nicky Shorey, English footballer
- March 4, 1981 – Aketza Peña, Spanish road bicycle racer
- April 8, 1981 – Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
- June 13, 1981 – Chris Evans, American actor
- August 18, 1981 – Jon Schneck, American musician (Relient K)
- August 28, 1981 – Martin Erat, Czech hockey player
- September 26, 1981 – Serena Williams, American tennis player
- November 4, 1981 – Vince Wilfork, American football player
- December 11, 1981 – Nikki Benz, Ukraine-born Canadian pornographic actress