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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 13, 1981 – A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.
- April 18, 1981 – The longest professional baseball game is begun in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The game is suspended at 4:00 the next morning and finally completed on June 23.
- May 31, 1981 – Burning of Jaffna library, Sri Lanka, It is one of the violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the twentieth century.
- 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.
- June 13, 1981 – At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, fires six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.
- August 25, 1981 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn
- 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
- September 26, 1981 – Baseball: Nolan Ryan sets a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter.
- December 13, 1981 – General Wojciech Jaruzelski declares martial law in Poland to prevent dismantling of the communist system by Solidarity.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- January 1, 1981 – Jonas Armstrong, English actor
- January 15, 1981 – El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer
- February 9, 1981 – Tom Hiddleston, English actor
- March 31, 1981 – Gerard McCarthy, British actor
- May 30, 1981 – Remy Ma, American rapper
- June 25, 1981 – Pooja Umashanker, Indian actress
- July 19, 1981 – Nikki Osborne, Australian actress
- July 27, 1981 – Susan King Borchardt, American basketball player
- August 5, 1981 – Zion, Puerto Rican singer
- November 6, 1981 – Andrew Murray, Canadian hockey player