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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 21, 1981 – Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.
- 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.
- June 11, 1981 – A Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.
- June 28, 1981 – A powerful bomb explodes in Tehran, killing 73 officials of Islamic Republic Party.
- August 5, 1981 – Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
- August 25, 1981 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn
- October 3, 1981 – The Hunger Strike by Provisional Irish Republican Army and Irish National Liberation Army prisoners at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland ends after seven months and ten deaths.
- October 14, 1981 – Vice President Hosni Mubarak is elected as the President of Egypt one week after the assassination of the President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- January 29, 1981 – Rui En, Singaporean actress & singer
- February 2, 1981 – Michelle Bass, English reality TV star and glamour model
- February 6, 1981 – Shim Eun Jin, South Korean singer (Baby V.O.X.)
- April 9, 1981 – Milan Bartovič, Slovak ice hockey player
- May 13, 1981 – Jimmy Wang Yang, American professional wrestler
- August 5, 1981 – Erik Guay, Canadian alpine skier
- August 12, 1981 – Tony Capaldi, Northern Irish footballer
- September 25, 1981 – Gemma Garrett, British model
- October 16, 1981 – Anthony Reyes, American baseball player
- November 8, 1981 – Azura Skye, American actress