What Happened in 1981

Significant Events

  • Jan 20 Ronald Reagan inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States of America
  • Apr 14 1st Space Shuttle, Columbia 1, returns to Earth
  • May 13 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City
  • Jun 5 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles
  • Jun 5 World's first today in history program with editable data "TODAY", invented by Michael Butler runs for the first time on a mainframe computer
  • Aug 12 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
  • Oct 23 US national debt hits $1 trillion
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More than $3.3 million is stolen from the First National Bank of Arizona in Tucson in the then largest US bank robbery in history

On April 22, 1981


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