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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 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.
- March 30, 1981 – President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
- April 9, 1981 – The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS George Washington accidentally collides with the Nissho Maru, a Japanese cargo ship, sinking it.
- June 11, 1981 – A Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.
- August 7, 1981 – The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
- August 10, 1981 – Murder of Adam Walsh: the head of John Walsh’s son is found. This inspires the creation of the television series America’s Most Wanted.
- November 30, 1981 – Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings ended inconclusively on December 17).
- December 1, 1981 – The AIDS virus is officially recognized.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- January 19, 1981 – Bitsie Tulloch, American actress
- March 3, 1981 – Kim Yoo-Jin (Eugene), South Korean singer and actress
- March 28, 1981 – Gareth David-Lloyd, Welsh Actor
- May 6, 1981 – Matt Drake, British vocalist/guitarist (Evile)
- September 5, 1981 – Daniel Moreno, Spanish professional bicyclist
- September 24, 1981 – Drew Gooden, American basketball player
- September 26, 1981 – Serena Williams, American tennis player
- October 20, 1981 – Willis McGahee, American football player
- December 27, 1981 – David Aardsma, American baseball player
- December 28, 1981 – Mika Väyrynen, Finnish footballer