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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 25, 1981 – Jiang Qing, the widow of Mao Zedong, is sentenced to death.
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- April 25, 1981 – More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan.
- May 21, 1981 – Irish Republican hunger strikers Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara die on hunger strike in Maze prison.
- 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.
- June 24, 1981 – The Humber Bridge is opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It would be the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years.
- September 25, 1981 – Belize joins the United Nations.
- October 9, 1981 – Abolition of capital punishment in France.
- October 27, 1981 – The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
- December 9, 1981 – Philadelphia Police Department officer Daniel Faulkner is killed during a routine traffic stop; Mumia Abu-Jamal is later convicted for it and he goes on to become “perhaps the world’s best known death-row inmate” before his sentence is commuted to life without parole in December 2011.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- April 12, 1981 – Nicolás Burdisso, Argentine footballer
- May 17, 1981 – Leon Osman, English footballer
- May 21, 1981 – Maximilian Mutzke, German singer and drummer
- May 29, 1981 – Andrei Arshavin, Russian footballer
- June 9, 1981 – Anoushka Shankar, English-born sitarist, daughter of Ravi Shankar
- June 13, 1981 – Chris Evans, American actor
- October 4, 1981 – Scott Hammond, American photographer
- October 28, 1981 – Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
- November 6, 1981 – Lee Dong Wook, South Korean actor
- November 18, 1981 – Gian Magdangal, Filipino singer and actor