1981 facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 19th century20th century21st century
Decades: 1950s  1960s  1970s  – 1980s –  1990s  2000s  2010s
Years: 1978 1979 198019811982 1983 1984

1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar.

Events

Births

Deaths

Movies released

  • Absence of Malice
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Any Which Way You Can
  • Arthur
  • The Boat Is Full
  • Bustin' Loose
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Excaliber
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • The Four Seasons
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Friday the 13th, Part 2
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Halloween II
  • Heaven's Gate
  • Mommie Dearest
  • Omen III: The Final Conflict
  • On Golden Pond
  • Only When I Laugh
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • Pixote
  • Quest for Fire
  • Ragtime
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Reds
  • Sogni d'oro
  • Stevie
  • Stripes
  • Superman II
  • Tarzan, the Ape Man
  • They Don't Wear Black Tie

Hit songs

  • "The Tide Is High" – Blondie
  • "Celebration" – Kool & The Gang (2)
  • "9 To 5" – Dolly Parton (2)
  • "I Love A Rainy Night" – Eddie Rabbitt (2)
  • "Keep On Loving You" REO Speedwagon (1)
  • "Rapture" – Blondie (2)
  • "Kiss On My List" – Daryl Hall & John Oates (3)
  • "Morning Train (9 To 5)" – Sheena Easton
  • "Bette Davis Eyes" – Kim Carnes
  • "Stars On 45 Medley" – Stars On 45 (1)
  • "The One That You Love" – Air Supply (1)
  • "Jessie's Girl" – Rick Springfield
  • "Endless Love" – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (9)
  • "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" – Christopher Cross (3)
  • "Private Eyes" – Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • "Physical" – Olivia Newton-John

New books

  • Ill Seen Ill SaidSamuel Beckett
  • Arabian Nights and DaysNaguib Mahfouz
  • La Bicyclette Bleue (The Blue Bicycle) – Régine Deforges
  • BlissPeter Carey
  • CreationGore Vidal
  • CujoStephen King
  • Distant Star – Samuel R. Delany
  • Famous Last Words – Timothy Findley
  • Flames Across the Border – Pierre Berton
  • Giants of the Ottawa Valley – Joan Finnegan
  • The Glitter Dome – Joseph Wambaugh
  • The Golden Age of Science FictionKingsley Amis
  • Goodbye, JanetteHarold Robbins
  • Gorky Park – Martin Cruz Smith
  • Hotel New Hampshire – John Irving
  • An Indecent ObsessionColleen McCullough
  • Licence Renewed – John Gardner
  • Masquerade – Kit Williams
  • Midnight's ChildrenSalman Rushdie
  • No Time for Tears – Cynthia Freeman
  • Noble House – James Clavell
  • Other People: A Mystery StoryMartin Amis
  • Red Dragon – Thomas Harris
  • StrataTerry Pratchett
  • Tar BabyToni Morrison
  • The Third Deadly Sin – Lawrence Sanders

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