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1981 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

Events 201 - 300 of 423

  • Jun 22 2 Habash terrorists attack a travel agency in Greece killing 2
  • Jun 22 Iranian president Bani Sadr deposed
  • Jun 23 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
  • Jun 23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • Jun 25 Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional
  • Jun 25 Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington
  • Jun 27 Cambodia adopts its constitution
  • Jun 27 Pamela Jenks, aged 21, is crowned the 14th Miss Black America

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jun 27 Ali Khamenei narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, when a bomb concealed in a tape recorder, explodes on a desk in front of him

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • Jun 28 74 government officials die in attack in Iran
  • Jun 29 Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Tehran, 72 killed

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Jun 29 Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng

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Jun 30 China's Communist Party condemns late Mao Zedong's policy

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Jun 30 Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained
  • Jul 1 Laurel Canyon California murders (4 die, 1 wounded)
  • Jul 1 Nell Dunn's "Steaming" premieres in London

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Jul 1 Prince Willem Alexander opens Willems Bridge in Rotterdam

King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander
King of the Netherlands
Willem-Alexander
  • Jul 1 Radio Shack 3rd release of Model III TRSDOS 1.3
  • Jul 3 NYC transit fare rises from 60 cents to 75 cents, new brass Y-cut-out token
  • Jul 5 Premier Begin's Likud party wins Israeli elections
  • Jul 5 Rajan Mahadevan recites 31,811 digits of π (Pi) from memory
  • Jul 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 7 The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, successfully completes a 163 mile flight across the English Channel

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Jul 7 Sandra Day O'Connor nominated for the Supreme Court, 1st female Supreme Court justice

1st Woman Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
1st Woman Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Jul 8 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 8 French Prime Minister Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France
  • Jul 8 Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)
  • Jul 9 Jacksons begin a 36-city tour
  • Jul 9 Nintendo releases arcade game Donkey Kong in Japan (July 31 in the US)
  • Jul 10 CERN achieves 1st proton-antiproton beam collision (570 GeV)
  • Jul 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 11 Neva Rockefeller is 1st woman ordered to pay her husband alimony
  • Jul 14 Kevin Wade's "Key Exchange," premieres in London
  • Jul 16 India performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 16 Shukuni Sasaki spins 72 plates simultaneously

  • Jul 17 Humber Estuary Bridge in UK opens, world's longest span (1.4 km)
  • Jul 17 Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut
  • Jul 17 Lobby walkways at Kansas City's Hyatt Regency hotel collapse killing 114 and injuring over 200
  • Jul 17 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 17 Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta
  • Jul 17 Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another
  • Jul 18 Polish communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek
  • Jul 20 England set for innings loss v Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls
  • Jul 21 Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
  • Jul 22 Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca sentenced to life imprisonment in a court in Rome, Italy
  • Jul 24 Mohammed Ali Rajai elected president of Iran
  • Jul 26 2 climbers fall 550 m down cliff near Angel Falls, Venezuela

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Jul 26 New York Mayor Ed Koch is given the Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch
  • Jul 29 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Jul 29 Former Iranian president Bani Sadr flees to Paris
  • Jul 30 Belgian Senate accept laws against racism
  • Jul 30 Simon Gray's "Quartermaine's Terms" premieres in London
  • Jul 31 Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman president of National Bar Association
  • Aug 1 Poland premier Jagielski resigns

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Aug 3 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated'

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test in Pacific
  • Aug 3 Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
  • Aug 4 Columbia mated with SRBs and external tank for STS-2 mission

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Aug 4 Oliver North is assigned to White House duty

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • Aug 5 US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
  • Aug 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 6 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron freed
  • Aug 6 NASA launches US Navy communication system Fltsatcom-5 - fails after being damaged during flight
  • Aug 7 "The Washington Star" ceases all operations after 128 years of publication
  • Aug 8 At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws
  • Aug 9 Six English lifeguards set relay swim record English Channel (7:17)
  • Aug 9 NL beats AL 5-4 in 52nd All Star Game (Cleveland Stadium)
  • Aug 10 Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business
  • Aug 10 Richard Nixon Museum in San Clemente closes
  • Aug 12 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
  • Aug 12 Jon Erikson (US) becomes 1st to triple cross English Channel (38:27)
  • Aug 14 George Foster hits his 8th HR into red seats at Riverfront
  • Aug 19 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • Aug 24 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel
  • Aug 25 Jeff Schwartz, sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09)

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

Aug 25 Voyager 2's closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km)

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • Aug 26 Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 26 Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn's moon Titan
  • Aug 27 Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard sunken Italian liner Andrea Doria
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Assassination AttemptRonald Reagan is Shot

Aug 28 John Hinckley pleads innocent to attempt to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan

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The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
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  • Aug 28 National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis & Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men
  • Aug 31 Royals manager Jim Frey is fired & replaced by Dick Howser
  • Sep 1 Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH)
  • Sep 1 Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
  • Sep 1 RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show
  • Sep 1 Northern Ireland’s first religiously integrated secondary school opens
  • Sep 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 9 Vernon E Jordan resigns as president of National Urban League
  • Sep 10 "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso returns to Spain
  • Sep 11 2nd government of Van Agt forms in Netherlands
  • Sep 13 April Moon sets women's handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13"
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 14 Judge Wapner & People's Court premiere on TV
  • Sep 15 US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Sep 15 Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/Marxism

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Sep 15 The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 15 Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.

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