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  • Kosovo
    Thursday Jan 1, 1981

    Kosovo War

    4,000 Serbs moved from Kosovo to central Serbia

    Kosovo
    Thursday Jan 1, 1981

    In 1981 it was reported that some 4,000 Serbs moved from Kosovo to central Serbia after the Kosovo Albanian riots in March that resulted in several Serb deaths and the desecration of Serbian Orthodox architecture and graveyards.




  • Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Sunday Jan 4, 1981

    Iran–Iraq War

    Operation Nasr

    Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Sunday Jan 4, 1981

    On 5 January 1981, Iran had reorganised its forces enough to launch a large-scale offensive, Operation Nasr (Victory).




  • Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Sunday Jan 4, 1981

    Iran–Iraq War

    The Battle of Dezful

    Dezful, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Sunday Jan 4, 1981

    In Battle of Dezful, the Iranian armoured divisions were nearly wiped out in one of the biggest tank battles of the war. When the Iranian tanks tried to manoeuvre, they became stuck in the mud of the marshes, and many tanks were abandoned. The Iraqis lost 45 T-55 and T-62 tanks, while the Iranians lost 100–200 Chieftain and M-60 tanks. Reporters counted roughly 150 destroyed or deserted Iranian tanks , and also 40 Iraqi tanks. 141 Iranians were killed during the battle.




  • Algeria
    Monday Jan 19, 1981

    Iranian Revolution

    The Algiers Accords and The hostages release

    Algeria
    Monday Jan 19, 1981

    The hostage crisis ended with the signing of the Algiers Accords in Algeria on 19 January 1981. The hostages were formally released to United States custody the following day, just minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the new American president.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 20, 1981

    Ronald Reagan

    A President

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 20, 1981

    The presidency of Ronald Reagan began on January 20, 1981, when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States.




  • Tehran, Iran
    Tuesday Jan 20, 1981

    Jimmy Carter

    Fifty-two American hostage

    Tehran, Iran
    Tuesday Jan 20, 1981

    Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for the next 444 days until they were finally freed immediately after Ronald Reagan succeeded Carter as President on January 20, 1981.




  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 28, 1981

    Christopher Paul Gardner

    Christopher Jarrett Medina Gardner's Birth

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 28, 1981

    Their son Christopher Jarrett Gardner Jr. was born on January 28, 1981. Gardner worked as a research lab assistant at UCSF and at the Veterans' Hospital after leaving the service. His position as a research lab assistant paid only about $8,000 a year, which was not enough for him to support a live-in girlfriend and a child. After four years, he quit these jobs and doubled his salary by taking a job as a medical equipment salesman.


  • San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 28, 1981

    Christopher Jarrett Medina Gardner

    Birth

    San Francisco, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 28, 1981

    Christopher Jarrett Medina Gardner was born to Chris Gardner and Jackie Medina, on 28 January 1981.


  • United Kingdom
    Friday Feb 6, 1981

    Princess Diana

    Proposed

    United Kingdom
    Friday Feb 6, 1981

    The Prince proposed on 6 February 1981, and Lady Diana accepted, but their engagement was kept secret for the next few weeks.


  • La Boca, near Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Friday Feb 20, 1981

    Diego Maradona

    To Boca

    La Boca, near Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Friday Feb 20, 1981

    Maradona signed a contract with Boca Juniors on 20 February 1981.


  • Munich, Germany
    Saturday Feb 21, 1981

    Carlos the Jackal

    Bombing of the Radio Free Europe offices

    Munich, Germany
    Saturday Feb 21, 1981

    Carlos is believed to have planned his attacks on several European targets, including the bombing of the Radio Free Europe offices in Munich in February 1981, which was part of an eventually unsuccessful hunt for Ion Mihai Pacepa ordered and financed by the Romanian government.


  • Spain
    Monday Feb 23, 1981

    Juan Carlos I

    Military Coup attempted

    Spain
    Monday Feb 23, 1981

    There was an attempted military coup, known as 23-F, on 23 February 1981, when the Cortes were seized by members of the Guardia Civil in the parliamentary chamber. During the coup, the King, in the uniform of the Captain-General of the Spanish armed forces, gave a public television broadcast calling for unambiguous support for the legitimate democratic government. The broadcast is believed to have been a major factor in foiling the coup.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Feb 24, 1981

    Princess Diana

    Engagement

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Feb 24, 1981

    Their engagement became official on 24 February 1981.


  • Pristina, Kosovo
    Sunday Mar 1, 1981

    Kosovo War

    The First major outbreak occurred in Kosovo's main city

    Pristina, Kosovo
    Sunday Mar 1, 1981

    The first major outbreak occurred in Kosovo's main city, Pristina, when a protest of University of Pristina students over long queues in their university canteen rapidly escalated and in late March and early April 1981 spread throughout Kosovo, causing mass demonstrations in several towns. The disturbances were quelled by the Presidency of Yugoslavia proclaiming a state of emergency, sending in riot police and the army, which resulted in numerous casualties.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Mar 30, 1981

    Ronald Reagan

    Assassination Attempt

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Mar 30, 1981

    On March 30, 1981, Reagan, his press secretary James Brady, Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy were struck by gunfire from would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr. outside the Washington Hilton hotel.


  • H-3 Airbase, Iraq
    Friday Apr 3, 1981

    Iran–Iraq War

    Attack on H3

    H-3 Airbase, Iraq
    Friday Apr 3, 1981

    The Iraqi Air Force, badly damaged by the Iranians, was moved to the H-3 Airbase in Western Iraq, near the Jordanian border and away from Iran. However, on 3 April 1981, the Iranian air force used eight F-4 Phantom fighter bombers, four F-14 Tomcats, three Boeing 707 refuelling tankers, and one Boeing 747 command plane to launch a surprise attack on H3, destroying 27–50 Iraqi fighter jets and bombers.


  • New York, U.S.
    Friday Apr 3, 1981

    Juan Trippe

    Death

    New York, U.S.
    Friday Apr 3, 1981

    Trippe suffered a stroke in September 1980, which forced him to cut back on his workload; he died after suffering a second stroke at his New York City home on April 3, 1981, at the age of 81. He is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.


  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 11, 1981

    Hillsborough events

    FA Cup semi-final 1981

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 11, 1981

    Hillsborough hosted five FA Cup semi-finals in the 1980s. A crush occurred at the Leppings Lane end of the ground during the 1981 semi-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers after hundreds more spectators were permitted to enter the terrace than could safely be accommodated, resulting in 38 injuries, including broken arms, legs and ribs.


  • University of Miami Hospital, Miami, U.S.
    Monday May 11, 1981

    Bob Marley

    Death

    University of Miami Hospital, Miami, U.S.
    Monday May 11, 1981

    Marley died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital), aged 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death. His final words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life."


  • Vatican City, Italy
    Wednesday May 13, 1981

    Pope John Paul II

    Unsuccessful Assassination

    Vatican City, Italy
    Wednesday May 13, 1981

    As he entered St. Peter's Square to address an audience on 13 May 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and critically wounded by Mehmet Ali Ağca, an expert Turkish gunman who was a member of the militant fascist group Grey Wolves.


  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Wednesday May 13, 1981

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Red granite monument

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Wednesday May 13, 1981

    A red granite monument was erected close to Bobby's grave by The Dog Aid Society of Scotland and unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester on 13 May 1981.


  • Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
    Thursday May 21, 1981

    Bob Marley

    State Funeral

    Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
    Thursday May 21, 1981

    Marley received a state funeral in Jamaica on 21 May 1981, which combined elements of Ethiopian Orthodoxy and Rastafari tradition. He was buried in a chapel near his birthplace with his guitar, and the Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga delivered the final funeral eulogy to Marley.


  • United Kingdom
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1981

    James Bond

    For Your Eyes Only

    United Kingdom
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1981

    For Your Eyes Only is a 1981 spy film and the twelfth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the fifth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It marked the directorial debut of John Glen, who had worked as editor and second unit director on three other Bond films.


  • Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 25, 1981

    Bill Gates

    Microsoft's company restructuring

    Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 25, 1981

    Gates oversaw Microsoft's company restructuring on June 25, 1981, which re-incorporated the company in Washington state and made Gates the president of Microsoft and its board chairman.


  • Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 25, 1981

    Bill Gates

    Microsoft's company restructuring

    Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 25, 1981

    Gates oversaw Microsoft's company restructuring on June 25, 1981, which re-incorporated the company in Washington state and made Gates the president of Microsoft and its board chairman.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Wednesday Jul 29, 1981

    Princess Diana

    "Fairytale Wedding"

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Wednesday Jul 29, 1981

    Twenty-year-old Diana became Princess of Wales when she married the Prince of Wales on 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral, which offered more seating than Westminster Abbey, a church that was generally used for royal nuptials. The couple had residences at Kensington Palace and Highgrove House, near Tetbury.


  • St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England
    Wednesday Jul 29, 1981

    Prince Charles

    1st Marriage

    St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England
    Wednesday Jul 29, 1981

    Prince Charles proposed to Diana in February 1981; she accepted and they married in St Paul's Cathedral on 29 July of that year. Upon his marriage, Charles reduced his voluntary tax contribution from the profits generated by the Duchy of Cornwall from 50% to 25%.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 4, 1981

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

    Birth

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 4, 1981

    Rachel Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is a former social worker and yoga instructor living in View Park–Windsor Hills, California. Markle has often been described as having a very close friendship with her mother. Her father, Thomas Markle Sr., lives in Rosarito, Mexico, and is a retired television director of photography and lighting director whose profession resulted in his young daughter often visiting the set of Married...with Children. Markle's parents divorced when she was six years old. Her older paternal half-siblings are Samantha Markle and Thomas Markle Jr., from whom she is reportedly estranged.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Aug 6, 1981

    Nicaraguan Revolution

    President Reagan Signed National Security Decision Directive Number 7

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Aug 6, 1981

    and on 6 August 1981 he signed National Security Decision Directive number 7, which authorized the production and shipment of arms to the region but not their deployment.


  • Abadan, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Saturday Sep 26, 1981

    Iran–Iraq War

    Ending The Iraqi Siege of Abadan

    Abadan, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Saturday Sep 26, 1981

    By late 1981 , Iran returned to the offensive and launched a new operation (Operation Samen-ol-A'emeh (The Eighth Imam)), ending the Iraqi Siege of Abadan on 27–29 September 1981.


  • Malmö, Sweden
    Saturday Oct 3, 1981

    Zlatan Ibrahimović

    Born

    Malmö, Sweden
    Saturday Oct 3, 1981

    Ibrahimović was born in Malmö, Sweden, on 3 October 1981.


  • Cairo, Egypt
    Tuesday Oct 6, 1981

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    The assassination of President Anwar Sadat

    Cairo, Egypt
    Tuesday Oct 6, 1981

    In 1981, Al-Zawahiri was one of hundreds arrested following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.


  • Iran
    Wednesday Oct 14, 1981

    Iran–Iraq War

    The Ambush

    Iran
    Wednesday Oct 14, 1981

    On 15 October, after breaking the siege, a large Iranian convoy was ambushed by Iraqi tanks, and during the ensuing tank battle Iran lost 20 Chieftains and other armored vehicles and withdrew from the previously gained territory.


  • England, United Kingdom
    Monday Oct 26, 1981

    Freddie Mercury

    Greatest Hits

    England, United Kingdom
    Monday Oct 26, 1981

    Mercury wrote 10 of the 17 songs on Queen's Greatest Hits album: "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Seven Seas of Rhye", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy", "We Are the Champions", "Bicycle Race", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and "Play the Game".


  • England
    Friday Nov 6, 1981

    Margaret Thatcher

    The Anglo-Irish Inter-Governmental Council

    England
    Friday Nov 6, 1981

    On 6 November 1981, Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald had established the Anglo-Irish Inter-Governmental Council, a forum for meetings between the two governments.


  • Japan
    Tuesday Nov 10, 1981

    3D printing

    Hideo Kodama filed a patent for this XYZ plotter

    Japan
    Tuesday Nov 10, 1981

    Hideo Kodama filed a patent for this XYZ plotter, which was published on November 10, 1981. (JP S56-144478).


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 17, 1981

    Nicaraguan Revolution

    President Reagan Signed National Security Directive 17

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 17, 1981

    On 17 November 1981, President Reagan signed National Security Directive 17, authorizing covert support to anti-Sandinista forces.


  • U.S.
    Friday Nov 20, 1981

    Audrey Hepburn

    They All Laughed

    U.S.
    Friday Nov 20, 1981

    Hepburn's last starring role in a feature film was opposite Gazzara in the comedy They All Laughed (1981), directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film was overshadowed by the murder of one of its stars, Dorothy Stratten, and received only a limited release.


  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Saturday Nov 28, 1981

    Black Friday

    The earliest known published reference to this explanation occurs

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Saturday Nov 28, 1981

    When this was recorded in the financial records, once-common accounting practices would use red ink to show negative amounts and black ink to show positive amounts. Black Friday, under this theory, is the beginning of the period when retailers would no longer be "in the red", instead taking in the year's profits. The earliest known published reference to this explanation occurs in The Philadelphia Inquirer for November 28, 1981.


  • Iran
    Saturday Nov 28, 1981

    Iran–Iraq War

    Operation Tariq al-Qods

    Iran
    Saturday Nov 28, 1981

    On 29 November 1981, Iran began Operation Tariq al-Qods with three army brigades and seven Revolutionary Guard brigades.


  • Bostan, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Sunday Dec 6, 1981

    Iran–Iraq War

    Retaken The town of Bostan

    Bostan, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Sunday Dec 6, 1981

    The Iraqis failed to properly patrol their occupied areas , and the Iranians constructed a 14 km (14,000 m; 8.7 mi) road through the unguarded sand dunes, launching their attack from the Iraqi rear. The town of Bostan was retaken from Iraqi divisions by 7 December.


  • Nassau, Bahamas
    Friday Dec 11, 1981

    Muhammad Ali Clay

    Last match

    Nassau, Bahamas
    Friday Dec 11, 1981

    Despite pleas to definitively retire, Ali fought one last time on December 11, 1981, in Nassau, Bahamas, against Trevor Berbick, losing a ten-round decision.


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