World Events of 1981
- Pope John Paul II shot and wounded by gunman.
- Israel seizes the Golan Heights.
- Egyptian president Anwar Sadat is shot and killed by Islamic extremists.
- R. Reagan becomes president of the US.
- AIDS is first identified.
- IBM introduces the first PC
- Iran releases the 52 Americans held for 444 days, ending the Iran hostage crisis.
- The first De Lorean DMC-12 automobile, a stainless steel sports car with gull-wing doors, rolls off the production line in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. This car was later made famous by the film "Back to the Future".
- The Israeli Air Force destroys Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor.
- Lady Diana Spencer marries Prince Charles.
- MTV is launched on cable television in the United States.
- Belize, Antigua and Barbuda gain independence.
- Polish Solidarity movement continues.
- President Ronald Reagan is shot outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
- Reggae singer Bob Marley dies
- The serial Hunger Strike is staged by Irish Republican Army prisoners. Before it is over, 10 people die.
- Iran-Contra affair begins. Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua. This sets in motion a chain of illegal and irregular operations that go on for years, resulting in the deaths of many innocent people.
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