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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.
- March 6, 1981 – After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.
- 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.
- June 13, 1981 – At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, fires six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.
- June 17, 1981 – Hyatt Regency walkway collapse: In the Hyatt Regency Hotel the 2nd and 4th floor walkways collapse crushing 144 people to death, this was the worst structural failure in the United States.
- July 1, 1981 – The Wonderland Murders occurred in the early morning hours, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash.
- August 3, 1981 – Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
- August 25, 1981 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn
- 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.
- November 11, 1981 – Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- April 3, 1981 – Matthew Nash, Australian footballer
- April 6, 1981 – Robert Earnshaw, Zambian/Welsh footballer
- May 2, 1981 – Tiago Mendes, Portuguese footballer
- May 19, 1981 – Michael Leighton, Canadian hockey player
- June 16, 1981 – Kevin Bieksa, Canadian ice hockey player
- July 23, 1981 – Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41)
- August 28, 1981 – Raphael Matos, Brazilian racing driver
- September 28, 1981 – Melissa Claire Egan, American actress
- November 18, 1981 – Gian Magdangal, Filipino singer and actor
- December 8, 1981 – Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player