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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1981 – Greece is admitted into the European Community.
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- February 14, 1981 – Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
- February 24, 1981 – An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city.
- March 27, 1981 – The Solidarity movement in Poland stages a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walk off their jobs for four hours.
- 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 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.
- July 1, 1981 – The Wonderland Murders occurred in the early morning hours, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash.
- 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
- November 23, 1981 – Iran-Contra Affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- February 8, 1981 – Myriam Montemayor Cruz, Mexican singer
- February 21, 1981 – Jun Kaname, Japanese actor
- April 8, 1981 – Brian Burres, American baseball player
- April 28, 1981 – Jessica Alba, American actress
- May 28, 1981 – Daniel Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
- June 16, 1981 – Kevin Bieksa, Canadian ice hockey player
- July 28, 1981 – Michael Carrick, English footballer
- August 22, 1981 – Saito Takumi, Japanese actor and model
- November 11, 1981 – Natalie Glebova, Russian/Canadian beauty queen, Miss Universe 2005