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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1981 – Palau achieves self-government though it is not independent from the United States.
- January 10, 1981 – Salvadoran Civil War: The FMLN launches its first major offensive, gaining control of most of Morazán and Chalatenango departments
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- February 10, 1981 – A fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino kills eight and injures 198.
- April 3, 1981 – The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
- April 27, 1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
- May 13, 1981 – Mehmet Ali Ağca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Pope is rushed to the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic to undergo emergency surgery and survives.
- May 25, 1981 – In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
- December 4, 1981 – South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei “homeland” (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).
- December 11, 1981 – El Mozote massacre: Armed forces in El Salvador kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the Salvadoran Civil War.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- May 15, 1981 – Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
- July 19, 1981 – Didz Hammond, English bass guitarist (Dirty Pretty Things, The Cooper Temple Clause)
- August 8, 1981 – Harel Skaat, Israeli singer
- August 27, 1981 – Demetria McKinney, American actress
- September 6, 1981 – Yuki Abe, Japanese footballer
- October 27, 1981 – Han Hye-jin, South Korean actress
- October 28, 1981 – Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
- October 31, 1981 – Mike Napoli, American baseball player
- November 16, 1981 – Osi Umenyiora, English-born American football player
- December 21, 1981 – Frankie Abernathy, American actress (d. 2007)