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1981 Historical Event(s)
- January 8, 1981 – A local farmer reports a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be “perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time”.
- February 5, 1981 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- 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.
- May 25, 1981 – In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
- June 11, 1981 – A Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.
- June 28, 1981 – A powerful bomb explodes in Tehran, killing 73 officials of Islamic Republic Party.
- July 19, 1981 – In a private meeting with U.S. President Ronald Reagan, French Prime Minister François Mitterrand reveals the existence of the Farewell Dossier, a collection of documents showing that the Soviets had been stealing American technological research and development.
- 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
- 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 19, 1981 – Lucho González, Argentine footballer
- February 12, 1981 – Lisa Hannigan, Irish singer
- May 2, 1981 – Tiago Mendes, Portuguese footballer
- June 19, 1981 – Moss Burmester, New Zealand swimmer
- September 17, 1981 – Francis Manioru, Solomon Islander sprinter
- September 24, 1981 – Ryan Briscoe, Australian racing driver
- October 21, 1981 – Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
- October 28, 1981 – Solomon Andargachew, Ethiopian footballer
- December 15, 1981 – Michelle Dockery, British actress
- December 26, 1981 – Pablo Canavosio, Argentine-born Italian rugby player