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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.
- March 6, 1981 – After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.
- May 10, 1981 – François Mitterrand wins the presidential election and becomes the first Socialist President of France in the French Fifth Republic.
- May 26, 1981 – Prime Minister of Italy Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
- June 27, 1981 – The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issues its “Resolution on Certain Questions in the History of Our Party Since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China”, laying the blame for the Cultural Revolution on Mao Zedong.
- September 15, 1981 – Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.
- September 25, 1981 – Belize joins the United Nations.
- November 11, 1981 – Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations.
- November 30, 1981 – Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings ended inconclusively on December 17).
- December 1, 1981 – The AIDS virus is officially recognized.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- January 5, 1981 – Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer
- February 4, 1981 – Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist
- March 3, 1981 – Paul Lloyd, Jr., South African professional wrestler
- April 14, 1981 – Amy Leach, British theatre director
- June 1, 1981 – Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter
- July 15, 1981 – Alou Diarra, French footballer
- September 22, 1981 – Ashley Eckstein, American film and television actress
- October 30, 1981 – Ian Snell, American baseball player
- November 6, 1981 – Cassie Bernall, American murder victim (d. 1999)
- November 9, 1981 – Lyn, South Korean singer