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1981


Jan
5
Birthday of Deadmau5Birthday of Deadmau5, otherwise known as Joel Thomas Zimmerman, a Canadian electro-house music producer, DJ, and performer.Deadmau5 Biography: Life and Career of the Electro-House Producer

8
UFO sighting in FranceA local farmer reports a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be "perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time" (1981)Top 10 Unexplained Phenomena: Mysteries
World UFO Day: Celebrate Conspiracy and Mystery

14
Release: Scanners is releasedThe film Scanners is released to theaters (1981)Top 10 Practical Special Effects in Movies
Another Top 10 Hilarious Movie Deaths

15
Birthday of Pitbull Birthday of Pitbull (1981)Pitbull: Biography of the Cuban-American Rapper
Top 10 Artists Whose Songs Sound the Same

20
Ronald Reagan takes office as President of the U.S.A.Ronald Reagan takes office as President of the U.S.A. (1981)Top 10 Defining Moments of 1980s America

21
Production of DeLorean DMC-12 begins in Northern Ireland Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland (1981)Historic Automotive Flops

25
Birthday of Alicia KeysAmerican R&B singer and actress Alicia Key is bornAlicia Keys Biography: Life and Career of the Singer and Actress

31
Birthday of Justin Timberlake Birthday of Justin Timberlake (1981)The Life and Career of Justin Timberlake
Top 10 Decade Defining Songs of the 2000s

Feb
5
The song Mickey by Toni Basil is releasedThe song Mickey by Toni Basil is released (1981)Top 10 Cheesiest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

9
Birthday of The RevBirthday of The Rev (1981)Top 10 Avenged Sevenfold Songs

9
Birthday of Tom HiddlestonBirthday of Tom Hiddleston (1981)Top 10 Supervillain Portrayals in Movies
Top 10 Decade Defining Actors: 2010s

11
Birthday of Kelly RowlandBirthday of Kelly Rowland (1981)Top 10 Destiny’s Child Songs

17
Birthday of Joseph Gordon-Levitt Birthday of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (1981)Joseph Gordon-Levitt: From Third Rock From The Sun to The Dark Knight Rises
Top 10 Decade Defining Actors: 2010s

21
The Mr. Robinson character debuts on Saturday Night LiveThe Mr. Robinson character debuts on Saturday Night Live, performed by Eddie Murphy (1981)Top 10 Saturday Night Live Characters

25
23rd Annual Grammy Awards 23rd Annual Grammy Awards take place (1981)Top 10 Memorable Grammy Upsets

Mar
11
Russell Lissack of Bloc Party is bornRussell Lissack, guitarist of Bloc Party, is bornInterview with Bloc Party

15
The TV series The Muppet Show airs its last episodeThe TV series The Muppet Show airs its last episode (1981)Top 10 Movie Continuations of TV Series
Top 10 Muppets from The Muppet Show
Top 10 TV Theme Songs (with Words)

Apr
9
Release: Superman IIThe film Superman II is released (1981)Batman VS. Superman

10
Release: ExcaliburThe film Excalibur is released (1981)Top 10 Movie Wizards
Top 10 Medieval Movies

10
Release: The HowlingThe film The Howling is released (1981)Top 10 Werewolf Movies (REDUX)

12
Death of Joe LouisDeath of Joe Louis (1981)Top 10 Fighters of All Time

12
Space Shuttle Columbia first launched Space Shuttle Columbia first launched (1981)Top 10 Defining Moments of 1980s America
Space Race: 20th Century Timeline and Firsts

28
Birthday of Jessica Alba Birthday of actress Jessica Alba (1981)The Career of Actress Jessica Alba
Top 10 Movie Bikinis

30
Birthday of Bon Iver's Justin VernonBirthday of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon (1981).Top 10 Unlikely Musical Collaborations

May
11
Death of Bob MarleyDeath of Bob Marley (1981)The Life and Career of Bob Marley
Top 10 Memorable Grammy Snubs

19
Birthday of Georges St-PierreBirthday of Georges St-Pierre (1981)Interview with UFC Fighter Georges St-Pierre
Top 10 Fighters of All Time
UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre Talks Fashion

Jun
4
Release: Chariots of FireChariots of Fire is released (1981)Top 10 Dramatic Slow Motion Scenes

9
Birthday of Natalie PortmanBirthday of Natalie Portman (1981)Top 10 Acting Debuts in Movies

12
Release: Clash of the TitansRelease of the film Clash of the Titans (1981)Top 10 Sword and Sandal Movies

12
Release: Raiders of the Lost Ark is releasedThe film Raiders of the Lost Ark is released to theaters (1981)Top 10 Comedic Moments In Action Films
Top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies
Top 10 Movies of the 1980s
Top 10 Alternate Casting Choices in Film
Han Solo vs Indiana Jones
Top 10 Scariest Scenes From Non-Horror Movies
Top 10 Movie Traps
Top 10 Movie Treasure Hunters

13
Birth of actor Chris EvansBirth of American actor Chris Evans (1981)Chris Pine Vs Chris Evans Vs Chris Hemsworth: Actor Showdown

18
AIDS is recognized by medical professionals in San FranciscoA disease cluster, which will later be known as AIDS, is recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California (1981)AIDS: 30 Years of a Deadly Disease

19
Release: Superman IIThe film Superman II is released (1981)Top 10 Supervillain Portrayals in Movies

19
Release: The Cannonball RunThe film The Cannonball Run is released (1981)Top 10 Ferraris from Movies and TV

24
Release: For Your Eyes OnlyThe James Bond film For Your Eyes Only is released (1981)Top 10 Best Blockbuster Movie Franchises

26
Release: Dragonslayer is releasedDragonslayer is released (1981).Top 10 Dragons from Movies and TV

28
Death of Terry Fox Death: Terry Fox (1981)Terry Fox: A Single Dream, A World Of Hope

Jul
9
Donkey Kong arcade game is releasedDebut of the arcade game Donkey Kong. This early platform game introduced both the title character and Mario, and put Nintendo on the map.Top 10 Disappointing Arcade Ports
Super Mario Bros. Trivia
Top 10 Mario Games
Top 10 Nintendo Games

10
Release: The Fox and the HoundThe film The Fox and the Hound is released (1981)Top 10 Saddest Cartoon Movie Moments

11
Release: High 'n' Dry is releasedHigh 'n' Dry is released (1981).Top 10 Def Leppard Songs

13
Release: Girls on Film by Duran Duran is releasedGirls on Film by Duran Duran is released (1981).Top 10 Sexiest Music Videos

17
Theatrical release of 'Arthur'.Theatrical release of 'Arthur'. The film stars Dudley Moore as the eponymous Arthur Bach, a drunken New York City millionaire who is on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress, but ends up falling for a common working-class girl from QueensTop 10 Hilarious Movie Drunks

27
Adam Walsh is kidnapped.6 year old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh is kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and is found murdered two weeks later.Top 10 Kidnappings That Shocked the U.S.

27
On "Coronation Street," Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Hunt for the first time.On "Coronation Street," Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Hunt for the first time.Top 10 Coronation Street Trivia

29
Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Princess DianaRoyal Wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana (1981)Royal Weddings Past and Present: From Princess Diana to Prince William
Top 10 Televised Events of All Time
Princess Diana Biography: Life and Death

30
Release: Victory is releasedVictory is released (1981).Top 10 Prison Escape Films

31
Birthday of M. ShadowsBirthday of M. Shadows (1981)Top 10 Avenged Sevenfold Songs

31
Release: Release of Journey's 'Escape'Release of Journey's 'Escape' (1981)Journey and Steve Perry: History of 'Don't Stop Believin' Band

Aug
1
MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first videoMTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video (1981)Top 10 Trends of the 1980s
Top 10 Defining Moments of 1980s America
The History of MTV

8
Birthday of Roger FedererBirthday of Roger Federer (1981).Top 10 Most Dominant Male Athletes of All Time

10
Murder of Adam WalshMurder of Adam Walsh: the head of John Walsh's son is found. This inspires the creation of the television series America's Most Wanted (1981) Top 10 Infamous Serial Killers in America: Part 2

12
The IBM Personal Computer is released The IBM Personal Computer is released (1981)The History of IBM: the Personal Computer to Watson

21
Release: An American Werewolf in LondonThe film An American Werewolf in London is released (1981)Top 10 Movie Dream Sequences
Top 10 Werewolf Movies (REDUX)
Top 10 Practical Special Effects in Movies

21
Birthday of Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss Birthday: Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss (1981) Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Profile

21
Release: The IBM Personal Computer is released The IBM Personal Computer is released (1981)Top 10 Defining Moments of 1980s America

28
Release: Body HeatThe film Body Heat is released (1981)Top 10 Femme Fatales in Modern Cinema

28
The TV series Wheel of Fortune airs its first episode with Pat Sajak as hostThe TV series Wheel of Fortune airs its first episode with Pat Sajak as host (1981)Top 10 Game Show Hosts of All Time

Sep
4
Birthday of BeyonceBirthday of Beyonce (1981)Top 10 Destiny’s Child Songs
The Life and Career of Beyonce
Top 10 Sexiest Female Singers: Modern Edition
Top 10 Musicians with Alter Egos
Top 10 Signature Dance Moves
Top 10 Decade Defining Songs of the 2000s

8
The TV series Only Fools and Horses airs its first episodeThe TV series Only Fools and Horses airs its first episode (1981)Top 10 British TV Comedies

12
The TV series The Smurfs airs its first episodeThe TV series The Smurfs airs its first episode (1981)Top 10 Cartoon Dads from TV

17
Release: Das BootThe film Das Boot is released (1981)Top 10 Submarine Movies

26
Birthday of Serena Williams Birthday of Serena Williams (1981)Biography: Venus and Serena Williams - Tennis Stars
Serena & Venus Williams

Oct
2
Release: Ghost in the Machine album by The PoliceGhost in the Machine album by The Police (1981)Top 10 The Police Songs

6
Release: Don't Stop Believin' by Journey is releasedDon't Stop Believin' by Journey is released (1981).Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

6
President Anwar Sadat was AssassinatedA countdown of the Top 10 Most Significant Political Assassinations of the 20th centuryTop 10 Political Assassinations of the 20th Century

13
Kele Okereke of Bloc Party is bornKele Okereke, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Bloc Party, is bornInterview with Bloc Party

15
Release: The Evil DeadThe film The Evil Dead is released (1981)Top 10 Directorial Debuts in Film
Top 10 Movie Badasses

29
Speak and Spell album is releasedSpeak and Spell album is released (1981)Top 10 Depeche Mode Songs

Nov
1
Comic book debut of Rogue.Comic book debut of Rogue. This member of the X-men first appeared in Avengers Annual #10.Superhero Origins: Rogue of the X-Men

1
Debut of the Marvel Comics character RogueDebut of the Marvel Comics character Rogue (1981)Top 10 Marvel Superheroines

2
Birthday of Katharine IsabelleBirthday of Katharine Isabelle (1981)Top 10 Scream Queens

7
Release: Diary of a Madman is releasedDiary of a Madman is released (1981).Top 10 Ozzy Osbourne Songs

8
Release: Celine's first French solo album, La voix du bon Dieu, is releasedCeline's first French solo album, 'La voix du bon Dieu,' is releasedTop 10 Reality Talent Show Acts

17
The famous TV couple Luke and Laura finally wed on General HospitalThe famous TV couple Luke and Laura finally wed on General Hospital (1981)Top 10 TV Weddings

23
Release: For Those About to Rock We Salute You is releasedFor Those About to Rock We Salute You is released (1981).Top 10 AC/DC Songs

25
Birthday of Mauricio Rua Birthday of Mauricio Rua (1981)The Most Aggressive Fighter In The World: Mauricio Rua

30
Release: ABBA's last album, The Visitors, is releasedABBA's last album, 'The Visitors,' is releasedThe History of ABBA

Dec
1
World AIDS Day World AIDS Day [The AIDS virus is officially recognized (1981)]AIDS: 30 Years of a Deadly Disease

2
Birthday of Britney SpearsBirthday of Britney Spears (1981)The Life and Career of Britney Spears
Britney Spears Vs. Christina Aguilera: Music Showdown
Top 10 Sexiest Female Singers: Modern Edition
Top 10 Lip Sync Fails
Top 10 Music Feuds and Rivalries
Top 10 Trends of the 1990s

4
Release: On Golden PondThe film On Golden Pond is released (1981)Top 10 Katharine Hepburn Performances

24
Mad Max 2: The Road WarriorThe film Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is released (1981)Top 10 Movie Apocalypses
Top 10 Action Movies of the 1980s
Top 10 Movie Badasses