Historical Events for Year 1981

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Events 1 - 150 of 779

Jan 1st - Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community
Jan 1st - International Year for the Disabled begins
Jan 1st - Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing
Jan 1st - Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors
Jan 1st - 67th Rose Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #16 Washington, 23-6
Jan 1st - 47th Sugar Bowl: #1 Georgia beats #7 Notre Dame, 17-10
Jan 1st - 47th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 18-17
Jan 2nd - Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65)
Jan 2nd - Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, WI v Pakistan
Jan 3rd - Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
Jan 3rd - Greg Chappell scores 204 v India at the SCG
Jan 3rd - Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 m butterfly (58.91)
Jan 4th - "Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway
Jan 4th - "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances
Jan 4th - British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
Jan 4th - "Red Right 88", trailing 14–12 with little time remaining the Browns chose to attempt an end zone pass play (Red Right 88) before trying for a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but the pass is intercepted by Raiders safety Mike Davis and Oakland wins
Jan 4th - 69th Men's Australian Open: Brian Teacher beats Kim Warwick (7-5, 7-6, 6-3)
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana MandlikovaTennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova Jan 4th - 69th Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlikova beats Wendy Turnbull (6-0, 7-5)
Jan 5th - "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins
Jan 5th - British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women
Jan 6th - 50th hat trick in Islander history-John Tonelli scored 5 goals
Jan 8th - "Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances
Jan 8th - India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia
Jan 8th - Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)
Jan 9th - Francisco Balsamao elected pres of Portugal
Jan 10th - El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "general offensive"
Jan 10th - John Severin sets 100-mi unicycle speed record, 9 h 21 m
Jan 11th - "Tintypes" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
Jan 11th - Palau adopts constitution
Jan 11th - Brit team led by Ranulph Fiennes completes longest & fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days (2,500 miles)
Jan 11th - AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers 34-27
Jan 11th - NFC Championship Game: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys 20-7
Jan 12th - Soap opera "Dynasty" produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
Jan 12th - -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
Jan 13th - Barbara Sonntag, Colo, crochets record 147 stitches/min for 1/2 hour
Jan 13th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to May Swenson & Howard Nemerov
Ice Hockey Great Mike BossyIce Hockey Great Mike Bossy Jan 13th - Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals
Jan 14th - US Federal Communications Commission frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish
Jan 15th - "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
Jan 15th - Bob Gibson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
Jan 15th - Pope John Paul II receives Lech Walesa and Solidarity delegation at the Vatican
Jan 16th - Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth
Jan 16th - John Lennon releases "Woman" in UK
Jan 16th - Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband
Jan 16th - Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan LendlTennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl Jan 17th - Philippino president Marcos ends state of siege
Jan 18th - Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets
Jan 18th - Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity
Jan 19th - Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide
Jan 19th - US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
Jan 20th - 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
Jan 20th - Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), ends term as 12th director of CIA
Jan 20th - Frank C Carlucci, ends term as deputy director of CIA
Jan 20th - Islander Glenn Resch's 25th & last shut-out opponent-Flames 5-0
Jan 20th - Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President
Jan 20th - The US diplomats and citizens held hostage at the US embassy in Tehran begin their journey home
Jan 21st - "Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater New York City for 54 performances
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan Jan 21st - Bernhard Goetz is assaulted for 1st time on a New York City subway train
Jan 21st - Norman Stronge and his son James (both former Ulster Unionist Members of Parliament) are assassinated by the Irish Republican Army at their home Tynan Abbey, which is then burnt down
Jan 22nd - 40th Islander shut-out opponent-3-0 vs Red Wings-Billy Smith 15th
Jan 22nd - O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of New Orleans Saints
Jan 23rd - 1st Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente California)
Jan 23rd - Jochem Bird elected mayor of West Berlin
Jan 23rd - Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games
Jan 23rd - Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana & Joe Rudi
Jan 24th - Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques
Jan 24th - Kim Hughes scores 213 v India at Adelaide
Jan 25th - 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang QingChinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing Jan 25th - Mao's widow Jiang Qing sentenced to death
Jan 25th - Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
Jan 26th - Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 v Australia at Adelaide Oval
Jan 28th - "5 O'Clock Girl" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 12 performances
Jan 28th - William J Casey becomes 13th director of CIA (until 1987)
Jan 28th - Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
Jan 29th - AL approves sale of White Sox to Jerry Reinsdorf & Eddie Einhorn for $20 million, & 80% of Mariners to George Argyros for $104 million
Jan 30th - 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win
Jan 31st - "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits #1
Jan 31st - 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Robert De Niro, & Mary Tyler Moore win
Actor Robert De NiroActor Robert De Niro Jan 31st - Gaetan Boucher skates world record 1000m (1:13.39)
Feb 1st - Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC
Feb 1st - Dutch Antilles census is 231,932
Feb 1st - French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
Feb 1st - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-7
Feb 1st - Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
Feb 1st - Trevor Chappell bowls underarm to Brian McKechnie, WSC Final MCG
Feb 1st - 31st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-120 at Richfield, Ohio
Feb 3rd - Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
Feb 3rd - Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway
Feb 5th - "Piaf" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances
Feb 5th - Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane
Feb 5th - Milt jury in NC convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with enemy
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke EllingtonJazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington Feb 6th - "Brady Brides" debuts on NBC TV
Feb 6th - Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon
Feb 6th - Suleiman Nyambui runs world record 5k indoor (13:20.4)
Feb 6th - Crime film "Fort Apache: The Bronx" starring Paul Newman released amid protests in the US
Feb 8th - "5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 12 perfs
Feb 8th - "Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances
Feb 8th - Sally Little wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
Feb 8th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Elaine Zayak
Feb 8th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
Feb 10th - 33rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 4-1 at LA
Feb 10th - 8 killed & 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
Feb 10th - Dennis Lillee becomes Australian Cricket's top wicket-taker with 249
Feb 11th - Australia all out 83 v India at MCG chasing 143 to win
Actor & Entrepreneur Paul NewmanActor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman Feb 11th - Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
Feb 12th - Admiral Bobby R Inman, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA
Feb 12th - Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent
Feb 12th - Cape Verde amends its constitution
Feb 12th - Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Bldg, 10m
Feb 13th - Longest sentence published by NY Times-1286 words
Feb 13th - A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.
Feb 13th - 31st Berlin International Film Festival: "Hurry, Hurry!" wins the Golden Bear
Feb 14th - Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
Feb 15th - Joanne Carner wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
Feb 15th - Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, NY
Feb 15th - 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (169.651 MPH)
Feb 17th - Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison Feb 19th - George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine"
Feb 20th - Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
Feb 20th - James Sanford equals 50m indoor world record (5.61 sec)
Feb 21st - "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
Feb 21st - Charles Rocket clearly says "fuck" on "Saturday Night Live"
Feb 21st - Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)
Feb 21st - NASA launches Comstar D-4
Feb 22nd - Amy Alcott wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic
Feb 23rd - People mag features drug ordeal of Mackenzie & Papa John Phillips
Feb 23rd - Spanish coup under lt-col Antonio Tejero Molina fails
Feb 24th - Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer
Feb 24th - Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower
Feb 24th - An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city.
Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy JoelPianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel Feb 25th - 23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins
Feb 25th - Calgary Flames scored 11 goals against the Islanders
Feb 25th - Exec Board of Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29
Feb 25th - L Calvo Sotelo elected premier of Spain
Feb 25th - NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins)
Feb 25th - NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
Feb 25th - Rita Jenrette (wife of Abscam congressman) appears on Donahue
Feb 25th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 25th - Exec Board of Baseball Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
Feb 26th - 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released
Feb 26th - 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost
Feb 26th - French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
Feb 27th - Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney Feb 27th - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory"
Feb 28th - Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws
Feb 28th - China PR throws out Neth ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan
Mar 1st - Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC for 767 perfs
Mar 1st - Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic
Mar 1st - Republican prisoners in the Maze began a second hunger strike; among the prisoners is Bobby Sands
Mar 2nd - Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists

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