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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.
- February 10, 1981 – A fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino kills eight and injures 198.
- March 5, 1981 – The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, is launched by Sinclair Research and would go on to sell over 1.5 million units around the world.
- April 11, 1981 – A massive riot in Brixton, South London, results in almost 300 police injuries and 65 serious civilian injuries.
- 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.
- May 25, 1981 – In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
- June 7, 1981 – The Israeli Air Force destroys Iraq’s Osiraq nuclear reactor during Operation Opera. The facility could have been used to make nuclear weapons.
- August 1, 1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
- November 11, 1981 – Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations.
- December 17, 1981 – Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigade in Verona, Italy.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- January 20, 1981 – Owen Hargreaves, English footballer
- January 28, 1981 – Elijah Wood, American actor
- April 4, 1981 – Ned Vizzini, American author
- April 9, 1981 – Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer
- May 17, 1981 – Leon Osman, English footballer
- May 30, 1981 – Hisanori Takada, Japanese footballer
- June 14, 1981 – Lonneke Engel, Dutch model
- June 25, 1981 – Pooja Umashanker, Indian actress
- October 12, 1981 – Brian J. Smith, American actor
- October 25, 1981 – Jerome Isaac Jones, American singer