Year 1981 in History

Events in History

  • 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 5 After 66 days on hunger strike, 26 year old Provisional IRA member and British MP Bobby Sands dies in the Maze Prision. Nine more hunger strikers die in the next 3 months.
  • 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)
  • Sep 25 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as the 1st female US Supreme Court Justice
  • Oct 23 US national debt hits $1 trillion
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Historical Marriages

  • Mar 10 14th Prince of Ligne Michel Charles Eugène Marie Lamoral (29) weds Princess of Ligne Eleanora (27) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Apr 25 Maureen Reagan (40) marries 3rd husband, Dennis Revell (28)
  • May 8 Author John Grisham (26) weds Renee Jones

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