Historical Events for Year 1981

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Jan 1st - Georgia beats Notre Dame in Sugar Bowl for college football title
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 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 - 55th Australian Womens Tennis: H Mandlikova beats W Turnbull (60 75)
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 - 69th Australian Mens Tennis: B Teacher beats Kim Warwick (75 76 63)
Jan 4th - British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
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 12th - "Dynasty" with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
Jan 12th - -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
Jan 12th - Dynasty, a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, premieres on ABC
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
Jan 13th - Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals
Jan 14th - FCC 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 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
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
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad AliHeavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali 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 21st - "Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 54 performances
Jan 21st - Bernhard Goetz is assault for 1st time on a NY subway train
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
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 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
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 Award: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win
Jan 31st - "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits #1
Jan 31st - 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Coal Miner's Daughter
Jan 31st - Gaetan Boucher skates world record 1000m (1:13.39)
Feb 1st - 11th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 21-7
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra StreisandSinger-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand Feb 1st - 31st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-120 at Cleveland
Feb 1st - Duke Ellington-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 3rd - Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win 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
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)
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney 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
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 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 17th - Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
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
Princess of Wales Diana SpencerPrincess of Wales Diana Spencer 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.
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
The Pianoman Billy JoelThe Pianoman Billy Joel Feb 27th - Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
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 - "Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 767 perfs
Mar 1st - Bobby Sands, IRA member, begins 65-day hunger strike (he dies)
Mar 1st - Irish Rep Army Bobby Sand begins hunger strike in Maze Prison
Mar 1st - Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic
Mar 2nd - Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
Mar 2nd - Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Wash DC
Mar 3rd - Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals
Mar 3rd - NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
Mar 5th - "Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 4 perfs
Mar 5th - Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)
Mar 5th - Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva & I Lisovski (URS)
Mar 5th - Men's Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
Mar 5th - US government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer

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