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1981 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXXI) was the 81st year of the 20th century. 1981 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1981.
News Events of 1981
Iran releases 52 American hostages, minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as US President.
President Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers.
Royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
Martial law declared in Poland.
Gulf Cooperation Council created by six Arab states.
Israel bombs Iraq 's Osiraq nuclear plant.
IBM introduces the first IBM PC.
Osbourne I, first portable computer, introduced.
President Reagan survives assassination attempt.
First launch of Space Shuttle.
Unsuccessful assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated.
Antigua and Barbuda, Belize independent from UK.
Bobby Sands dies after a 66-day hunger strike in Long Kesh prison in Northern Ireland.
Sinclair ZX81 (known in the US as Timex Sinclair 1000 or Timex Sinclair 1500) goes on sale.
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first operational stealth aircraft, makes its maiden flight.
Sports in 1981
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