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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1981 – Palau achieves self-government though it is not independent from the United States.
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- 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.
- April 12, 1981 – The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) launches on the STS-1 mission.
- April 26, 1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world’s first human open fetal surgery.
- May 31, 1981 – Burning of Jaffna library, Sri Lanka, It is one of the violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the twentieth century.
- July 7, 1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan appoints Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States.
- July 27, 1981 – 6 year old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh is kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and is found murdered two weeks later.
- October 22, 1981 – The United States Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to decertify the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its strike the previous August.
- December 11, 1981 – El Mozote massacre: Armed forces in El Salvador kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the Salvadoran Civil War.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- April 5, 1981 – Michael A. Monsoor, American soldier (d. 2006)
- April 11, 1981 – Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazilian model
- June 30, 1981 – Ben Utecht, American football player
- July 2, 1981 – Nathan Ellington, English soccer player
- August 12, 1981 – Djibril Cissé, French footballer
- October 29, 1981 – Amanda Beard, American swimmer
- November 2, 1981 – Katharine Isabelle, Canadian actress
- November 18, 1981 – Gian Magdangal, Filipino singer and actor