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Notable Historical Events in 1981 on the 1st

1981Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC

1981Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

Historical Events in 1981 on the 1st
Date Event
Jan 1
Georgia beats Notre Dame in Sugar Bowl for college football title 
Jan 1
Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community 
Jan 1
International Year for the Disabled begins 
Jan 1
Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing 
Jan 1
Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors 
Feb 1
11th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 21-7 
Feb 1
31st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-120 at Cleveland 
Feb 1
Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC 
Feb 1
Dutch Antilles census is 231,932 
Feb 1
French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq 
Feb 1
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-7 
Feb 1
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek 
Feb 1
Trevor Chappell bowls underarm to Brian McKechnie, WSC Final MCG 
Mar 1
"Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 767 perfs 
Mar 1
Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic 
Mar 1
Republican prisoners in the Maze began a second hunger strike; among the prisoners is Bobby Sands 
Apr 1
CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax) 
Apr 1
Daylight saving time is introduced in the USSR. 
May 1
Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out 
May 1
Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges 
May 1
Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 
Jul 1
Laurel Canyon California murders (4 die, 1 wounded) 
Jul 1
NEC soccer team forms in Nijmegen 
Jul 1
Nell Dunn's "Steaming" premieres in London 
Jul 1
Prince Willem Alexander opens Willems Bridge in Rotterdam 
Jul 1
Radio Shack 3rd release of Model III TRSDOS 1.3 
Aug 1
MTV premieres at 12:01 AM 
Aug 1
Poland premier Jagielski resigns 
Sep 1
Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH) 
Sep 1
Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees 
Sep 1
RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show 
Sep 1
Northern Ireland's first religiously integrated secondary school opens 
Oct 1
Iranian plane crash 
Oct 1
J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London 
Oct 1
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Nov 1
1st Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents 
Nov 1
3rd meeting of Giants-Jets, Jets up 2-1 with 26-7 win 
Nov 1
Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day) 
Nov 1
Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Pioneer Cup Golf Tournament 
Dec 1
Yugoslavian charter flight crashes into Mont San-Pietro in Corsica, 180 killed 
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