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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 20, 1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man ever to be inaugurated as U.S. President, Iran releases 52 American hostages.
- 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.
- May 10, 1981 – François Mitterrand wins the presidential election and becomes the first Socialist President of France in the French Fifth Republic.
- 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 11, 1981 – A Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.
- 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.
- October 6, 1981 – Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated.
- November 12, 1981 – Space Shuttle program: mission STS-2, utilizing the Space Shuttle Columbia, marks the first time a manned spacecraft is launched into space twice.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- February 11, 1981 – Kelly Rowland, American singer
- February 19, 1981 – Kyle Martino, American soccer player
- April 10, 1981 – Laura Bell Bundy, American actor
- May 17, 1981 – Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer
- June 12, 1981 – Nora Tschirner, German television presenter
- August 1, 1981 – Stephen Hunt, Irish footballer
- August 6, 1981 – Diána Póth, Hungarian figure skater
- August 8, 1981 – Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer and songwriter
- October 1, 1981 – Rupert Friend, British actor
- October 15, 1981 – Keyshia Cole, American R&B singer