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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1981 – Palau achieves self-government though it is not independent from the United States.
- January 10, 1981 – Salvadoran Civil War: The FMLN launches its first major offensive, gaining control of most of Morazán and Chalatenango departments
- January 18, 1981 – Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).
- 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 13, 1981 – Mehmet Ali Ağca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Pope is rushed to the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic to undergo emergency surgery and survives.
- July 17, 1981 – A structural failure leads to the collapse of a walkway at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Missouri killing 114 people and injuring more than 200.
- 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
- October 27, 1981 – The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
- 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 15, 1981 – Pitbull, American rapper
- January 17, 1981 – Scott Mechlowicz, American actor
- April 19, 1981 – Napakpapha Nakprasitte, Thai film actress
- May 21, 1981 – Maximilian Mutzke, German singer and drummer
- June 17, 1981 – Kyle Boller, American football player
- August 18, 1981 – César Delgado, Argentine footballer
- September 30, 1981 – Brandon Watson, American baseball player
- November 15, 1981 – Lorena Ochoa, Mexican golfer
- November 16, 1981 – Kate Miller-Heidke, Australian singer-songwriter
- December 27, 1981 – Emilie de Ravin, Australian actress