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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 8, 1981 – A local farmer reports a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be “perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time”.
- January 18, 1981 – Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- May 12, 1981 – Francis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for political prisoner status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.
- September 19, 1981 – Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a free concert in New York’s Central Park.
- October 9, 1981 – Abolition of capital punishment in France.
- October 22, 1981 – The United States Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to decertify the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its strike the previous August.
- November 1, 1981 – Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.
- November 23, 1981 – Iran-Contra Affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
- December 31, 1981 – A coup d'état in Ghana removes President Hilla Limann’s PNP government and replaces it with the Provisional National Defence Council led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- February 9, 1981 – Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
- March 17, 1981 – Kyle Korver, American basketball player
- May 6, 1981 – Edyta Śliwińska, Polish dancer
- May 30, 1981 – Hisanori Takada, Japanese footballer
- June 8, 1981 – Ai Nonaka, Japanese voice actor
- June 22, 1981 – Chris Urbanowicz, British guitarist (Editors)
- June 30, 1981 – Ben Utecht, American football player
- July 23, 1981 – Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41)
- August 26, 1981 – Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
- December 16, 1981 – Krysten Ritter, American actress