Cost of Things in 1981*
18¢ (bumped to 20¢ later that year)
54¢ a loaf
$1.69 a gallon
$1.13 a gallon
Born in 1981
Barbara & Jenna Bush
Emilie De Ravin
Died in 1981:
Bill Haley (Rock Around Clock)
Jim Davis (actor, Jack Ewing-Dallas)
Bob Marley (reggae singer)
Harry Chapin (folk singer)
Paddy Chayefsky (playwright)
Anwar al-Sadat (President of Egypt)
Natalie Wood (actress)
Major News in 1981:
Ronald Reagan becomes the 40th President of the United States.
Iran frees 52 U.S. hostages after 444 days in captivity.
The 1st launch of a space shuttle (Columbia).
Pope shot May 13.
Sandra Day O'Connor becomes first female Supreme Court Justice.
Prince Charles and Diana Spencer marry on July 29 at St. Paul's
Cathedral in London before a worldwide television audience of 700
Luke and Laura's Wedding (General Hospital), Most watched
wedding in history next to Charles and Diana.
Dynasty premiers and becomes a hit.
The US Agriculture Department tries to make ketchup a school lunch
The first IBM-PC's begin to roll off the lines. The base model retails for $2880 and includes 64 kilobytes of RAM and a single-sided 160K 5.25" floppy drive.
The birth of MTV, the 24 hour-a-day music television station.
Fruit fly breakout in California.
Spain allows legal divorces.
The first reports of AIDS.
Assassination attempt on Ronald Regan by John Hinkley.
Walter Cronkite delivers his final evening news telecast.
Major League baseball players begin to strike.
Several blank pistol cartridges are fired at Queen Elizabeth.
Superman II earns $24 million in its first week of theatrical release,
smashing the movie industry's single week record.
In New York City, Mark David Chapman, who pleaded guilty to the
murder of former Beatle John Lennon, is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
The Voyager 2 Spacecraft passes within 63,000 miles of Saturn,
revealing that the planet has thousands of rings.
For the first time in history, the US Congress approves the raising of
the ceiling on the US federal debt to more than one trillion dollars.
Buckingham Palace announces that Diana, Princess of Wales, is expecting
a baby in June.
The Labor Department announces that the U.S. unemployment rate
reached 8 percent in October, the highest level since 1975.
Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali comes out of retirement
at age 39 for one last fight against Trevor Berbick in Nassau, the
Bahamas. Ali earns $3 million for the fight, but loses in a unanimous
Elizabeth Carr, the first U.S. test-tube baby, is born.
The Academy Awards Winners
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Robert De Niro, Raging Bull
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner's Daughter
Robert Redford, Ordinary People
NBA: Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets Series: 4-2
NCAA Football: Clemson Record: 12-0-0
Heisman Trophy: Marcus Allen, USC, RB points: 1,797
Stanley Cup: New York Islanders vs. Minnesota Northstars Series: 4-1
Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles Score: 27-10
US Open Golf: David Graham Score: 273 Course: Merion GC Location: Ardmore, PA
World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees Series: 4-2
1. "The Tide is High" ... Blondie
2. "Celebration" ... Kool and the Gang
3. "9 to 5" ... Dolly Parton
4. "I Love a Rainy Night" ... Eddie Rabbit
5. "Keep on Loving You" ... REO Speedwagon
6. "Rapture" ... Blondie
7. "Kiss on My List" ... Daryl Hall & John Oates
8. "Morning Train" ... Sheena Easton
9. "Bette Davis Eyes" ... Kim Carnes
10. "Medley: Stars on 45" ... Stars on 45
1. Any Which Way You Can
3. Bustin' Loose
4. Cannonball Run
5. Cheech and Chong's Nice Dream
6. Clash of the Titans
7. Endless Love
9. Flash Gordon
10. For Your Eyes Only
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