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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 23, 1981 – In Spain, Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d'état by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies.
- 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 21, 1981 – The Italian government releases the membership list of Propaganda Due, an illegal pseudo-Masonic lodge that was implicated in numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.
- June 5, 1981 – The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that five people in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.
- July 27, 1981 – 6 year old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh is kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and is found murdered two weeks later.
- October 6, 1981 – Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated.
- 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.
- 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).
Who Were Born On 1981?
- February 14, 1981 – Randy de Puniet, French motorcycle racer
- March 10, 1981 – Efthimios Kouloucheris, Greek footballer
- March 17, 1981 – Thorsten Stuckmann, German footballer
- May 30, 1981 – Remy Ma, American rapper
- May 31, 1981 – Mikael Antonsson, Swedish footballer
- June 20, 1981 – Ardian Gashi, Albanian-Norwegian footballer
- July 2, 1981 – Nathan Ellington, English soccer player
- October 16, 1981 – Anthony Reyes, American baseball player
- October 31, 1981 – Irina Denezhkina, Russian writer
- December 14, 1981 – Johnny Jeter, American professional wrestler