1981

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1981 was the 110th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.

Events

EWTN
95-Rock

Business

Full Moon BBQ

Education

Government

Religion

Sports

Bear Bryant
See also: 1981 Birmingham Barons

Individuals

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Deaths

See also: List of Birmingham homicides in 1981

Works

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Context

In 1981, 52 American hostages in Iran were freed after 14 months. Walter Cronkite retired as CBS's anchorman. Ronald Reagan became the oldest elected American president and was later shot in a failed assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. NASA launched the first Space Shuttle. Andrew Lloyd Weber's Cats debuted in London. Pope John Paul II was critically injured by an assassination attempt. Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. Three walkways collapsed at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency hotel. IBM introduced the Personal Computer. Sandra Day O'Connor became the first female Supreme Court Justice.

Notable 1981 births include Eli Manning, Elijah Wood, Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton, Hayden Christensen, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, and Britney Spears. Notable deaths in 1981 included Bob Marley, George Walsh and Natalie Wood.

The top films were Raiders of the Lost Ark, On Golden Pond, and Superman II. Chariots of Fire was Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Top pop singles included Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes", Diana Ross & Lionel Richie's "Endless Love", Olivia Newton-John's "Physical", and John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over".

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