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1981 Historical Event(s)
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- May 21, 1981 – The Italian government releases the membership list of Propaganda Due, an illegal pseudo-Masonic lodge that was implicated in numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.
- May 25, 1981 – In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
- July 29, 1981 – A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
- 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.
- September 26, 1981 – Baseball: Nolan Ryan sets a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter.
- October 27, 1981 – The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
- November 11, 1981 – Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations.
- November 28, 1981 – Our Lady of Kibeho: Schoolchildren in Kibeho, Rwanda, experience the first of a series of Marian apparitions.
- December 1, 1981 – A Yugoslavian Inex Adria Aviopromet DC-9 crashes in Corsica killing all 180 people on board.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- March 28, 1981 – Antonio Rizzo, Italian footballer
- April 9, 1981 – Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer
- May 11, 1981 – Daniel Ortmeier, American baseball player
- June 1, 1981 – Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player
- July 13, 1981 – Ágnes Kovács, Hungarian swimmer
- August 5, 1981 – Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
- August 12, 1981 – Tony Capaldi, Northern Irish footballer
- September 28, 1981 – Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress
- October 25, 1981 – Austin Winkler, American lead vocalist (Hinder)
- October 30, 1981 – Ayaka Kimura, Japanese actress