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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.
- May 5, 1981 – Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
- June 11, 1981 – A Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.
- June 13, 1981 – At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, fires six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.
- 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.
- August 7, 1981 – The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
- 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
- September 21, 1981 – Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice.
- December 14, 1981 – Arab-Israeli conflict: Israel’s Knesset passes The Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the area of the Golan Heights.
- December 17, 1981 – Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigade in Verona, Italy.
Who Were Born On 1981?
- March 1, 1981 – Ana Hickmann, Brazilian supermodel
- May 26, 1981 – Isaac Slade, American musician (The Fray)
- September 5, 1981 – Nina Eichinger, German actress
- September 14, 1981 – Ashley Roberts, American singer, dancer & actress (Pussycat Dolls)
- October 1, 1981 – Rupert Friend, British actor
- October 4, 1981 – Justin Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
- October 18, 1981 – Greg Warren, American football player
- October 26, 1981 – Guy Sebastian, Australian singer
- October 31, 1981 – Frank Iero, American musician (My Chemical Romance, Pencey Prep)
- December 18, 1981 – Joshua Dallas, American actor