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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 28, 1981 – Ronald Reagan lifts remaining domestic petroleum price and allocation controls in the United States helping to end the 1979 energy crisis and begin the 1980s oil glut.
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- February 11, 1981 – 100000 USgal of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers.
- February 14, 1981 – Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
- 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 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- October 27, 1981 – The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
- December 1, 1981 – A Yugoslavian Inex Adria Aviopromet DC-9 crashes in Corsica killing all 180 people on board.
- December 14, 1981 – Arab-Israeli conflict: Israel’s Knesset passes The Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the area of the Golan Heights.
- 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?
- March 12, 1981 – Maurizio Lauro, Italian footballer
- April 10, 1981 – Laura Bell Bundy, American actor
- May 4, 1981 – Eric Djemba-Djemba, Cameroon footballer
- May 26, 1981 – Isaac Slade, American musician (The Fray)
- May 29, 1981 – Justin Chon, American actor
- June 2, 1981 – Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
- June 9, 1981 – Anoushka Shankar, English-born sitarist, daughter of Ravi Shankar
- July 2, 1981 – Aaron Voros, Canadian hockey player
- December 23, 1981 – Maritza Correia, American swimmer
- December 27, 1981 – Javine, British singer