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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.
- February 13, 1981 – A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.
- March 27, 1981 – The Solidarity movement in Poland stages a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walk off their jobs for four hours.
- May 10, 1981 – François Mitterrand wins the presidential election and becomes the first Socialist President of France in the French Fifth Republic.
- June 11, 1981 – A Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.
- July 1, 1981 – The Wonderland Murders occurred in the early morning hours, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash.
- 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 25, 1981 – Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the 102nd person sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and the first woman to hold the office.
- December 1, 1981 – The AIDS virus is officially recognized.
- December 30, 1981 – In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- April 26, 1981 – Ms. Dynamite, British musician
- May 29, 1981 – Andrei Arshavin, Russian footballer
- May 31, 1981 – Mikael Antonsson, Swedish footballer
- June 12, 1981 – Nora Tschirner, German television presenter
- September 2, 1981 – Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
- September 24, 1981 – Ryan Briscoe, Australian racing driver
- September 28, 1981 – Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress
- September 30, 1981 – Brandon Watson, American baseball player
- October 8, 1981 – Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player
- December 12, 1981 – Jeret Peterson, American aerial skier