Information for the Year 1981
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- US-Iran agreement frees 52 hostages held in Teheran since 1979 (Jan. 20); hostages welcomed back in US (Jan. 25).
- Pope John Paul II wounded by gunman (May 14).
- Israel annexes the disputed Golan Heights territory (Dec. 14).
- Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat is assassinated by Islamic extremists during a military parade in Cairo (Oct. 6).
- President Hilla Limann is overthrown in Ghana as Jerry J. Rawlings seizes power.
- Population: 4.529 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Ronald Reagan takes oath as 40th President (Jan. 20).
- President Reagan wounded by gunman, with press secretary and two law-enforcement officers (March 30).
- US Supreme Court rules, 4–4, that former President Nixon and three top aides may be required to pay damages for wiretap of home telephone of former national security aide (June 22).
- Reagan nominates Judge Sandra Day O'Connor, 51, of Arizona, as first woman on US Supreme Court (July 7).
- Air controllers strike, disrupting flights (Aug. 3); government dismisses strikers (Aug. 11).
- President: Ronald W. Reagan
- Vice President: George Bush
- Population: 229,465,714
- Life expectancy: 74.1 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $3,115.90 billion
- Federal spending: $678.25 billion
- Federal debt: $994.8 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $19,074
- Consumer Price Index: 90.9
- Unemployment: 7.6%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15 ($0.18 as of 3/22/81; $0.20 as of 11/1/81)
- Super Bowl Oakland Raiders defeated Philadelphia Eagles (SCORE 27-10)
- World Series of Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers defeated New York Yankees
- National Basketball Association Championship Boston defeated Houston
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup New York Islanders defeated Minnesota Wild
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Chris Evert Lloyd defeated H. Mandlikova (6-2 6-2)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis John McEnroe defeated Bjon Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Pleasant Colony
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Indiana d. North Carolina (SCORE 63-50)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Clemson (RECORD 12-0-0)
- MTV goes on the air running around the clock music videos, debuting with "Video Killed the Radio Star."
- The Supreme Court rules to allow television cameras in the courtroom.
- Pacman-mania sweeps the country.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Ordinary People
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Sailing by Christopher Cross
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Taxi - ABC
- Miss America: Susan Powell (Okalahoma)
- IBM introduces its first personal computer, running the Microsoft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS).
- The 236-m.p.h. TGV, Europe's first high-speed passenger train, begins operating out of Lyons, France.
- The FDA approves the use of the artificial sweetener aspartame (Nutrasweet).
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