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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.
- 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.
- April 27, 1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
- 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 29, 1981 – A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
- August 1, 1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
- August 30, 1981 – President Mohammad-Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar of Iran are assassinated in a bombing committed by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.
- September 15, 1981 – The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
- December 9, 1981 – Philadelphia Police Department officer Daniel Faulkner is killed during a routine traffic stop; Mumia Abu-Jamal is later convicted for it and he goes on to become “perhaps the world’s best known death-row inmate” before his sentence is commuted to life without parole in December 2011.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- January 24, 1981 – Michael Wolf, German ice hockey player
- June 14, 1981 – Lonneke Engel, Dutch model
- August 21, 1981 – Tyler Winklevoss, American Rower and Entrepeneur
- August 30, 1981 – Germán Legarreta, American actor
- September 6, 1981 – Yuki Abe, Japanese footballer
- November 6, 1981 – Andrew Murray, Canadian hockey player
- November 13, 1981 – Mark Cardona, Filipino basketball player
- December 3, 1981 – Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (d. 2010)
- December 9, 1981 – Dia Mirza, Indian actress
- December 17, 1981 – Rena Takeshita, Japanese fashion model