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1981 Historical Event(s)
- 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.
- February 14, 1981 – Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
- March 30, 1981 – President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
- April 9, 1981 – The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS George Washington accidentally collides with the Nissho Maru, a Japanese cargo ship, sinking it.
- May 10, 1981 – François Mitterrand wins the presidential election and becomes the first Socialist President of France in the French Fifth Republic.
- 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.
- August 5, 1981 – Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
- September 25, 1981 – Belize joins the United Nations.
- December 4, 1981 – South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei “homeland” (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).
Who Were Born On 1981?
- January 6, 1981 – Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress
- February 1, 1981 – Graeme Smith, South African cricketer
- March 26, 1981 – Josh Wilson, American baseball player
- April 19, 1981 – Ryuta Hara, Japanese footballer
- July 28, 1981 – Zo In Sung, South Korean actor
- July 31, 1981 – J.Son Dinant, American comedian
- September 25, 1981 – Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player
- October 31, 1981 – Irina Denezhkina, Russian writer
- November 15, 1981 – Lorena Ochoa, Mexican golfer
- November 17, 1981 – Sarah Harding, English singer (Girls Aloud)