Yep! From hostages being released to the first test-tube baby being born, 1981 proved to be an exciting year. Here is a look back at those events that made the year stand out…
January 20– Iran releases the 52 Americans held for 444 days within minutes of Ronald Reagan becoming President of the United States, ending the Iran hostage crisis.
March 30– President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady are also wounded. In his deluded mind, he did this to impress actress Jodie Foster.
April 12– Space Shuttle Columbia with NASA astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen launches on the STS-1 mission, returning to Earth on April 14. It is the first time a manned reusable spacecraft has returned from orbit.
May 11- Bob Marley dies. Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.
May 13– Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed by Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish gunman, as he enters St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.
June 5– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems (the first recognized cases of AIDS).
July 7– President Ronald Reagan nominates the first woman, Sandra Day O’Connor, to the Supreme Court of the United States. She takes her seat on the Supreme Court on September 25 becoming the first ever female justice of the US Supreme Court.
July 29- The Wedding Of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer, a.k.a. The Prince and Princess of Wales.
August 1– MTV (Music Television) is launched on cable television in the United States.
August 12- The original Model 5150 IBM PC (with a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 processor) is released in the United States at a base price of $1,565.
November 16– Luke and Laura marry on the soap opera General Hospital; it is the highest-rated hour in daytime television history.
November 23– Iran-Contra scandal: President Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), authorizing the Central Intelligence Agency to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
December 28– The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
I hope you have enjoyed this recap of 1981. What do you remember about this year? The one that stands out for me is the wedding of Charles and Diana. At the age of 11, I got up early and watched it all day long. It was a fairy tale kind of day and one that will never be forgotten. The wedding dress was totally amazing!! This generation has William and Catherine. It will be interesting to see what they remember about that wedding day. Probably the frowning flower girl, Grace Van Cutsem!
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