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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 17, 1981 – President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos lifts martial law eight years and five months after declaring it.
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- April 27, 1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
- May 25, 1981 – In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
- June 6, 1981 – Bihar train disaster A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river. The government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing; however, it is generally believed that the actual figure is closer to 1,000 killed.
- August 5, 1981 – Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
- August 24, 1981 – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.
- September 1, 1981 – A coup d'état in the Central African Republic overthrows President David Dacko.
- September 19, 1981 – Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a free concert in New York’s Central Park.
- 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.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- January 7, 1981 – Alex Auld, Canadian ice hockey player
- January 13, 1981 – Jason James, Welsh bassist
- February 11, 1981 – Scot Thompson, American footballer
- February 25, 1981 – Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor
- May 20, 1981 – Morgan Knabe, Canadian swimmer
- August 8, 1981 – Meagan Good, American actress
- August 15, 1981 – Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
- September 26, 1981 – Collien Ulmen-Fernandes, German TV host and actress
- November 14, 1981 – Russell Tovey, British actor
- November 16, 1981 – Caitlin Glass, American voice actress