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What Happened In 1981?

The News In 1981

  • Ronald Reagan became president of the US
  • Minutes after Ronald Reagan becomes president, Iran released 52 American hostages that had been held captive for 444 days
  • President Reagan was shot in the chest by would be assassin John Hinkley
  • Space shuttle Columbia, the world's first reusable spacecraft, was sent into space
  • A suspended walkway in the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed, killing 113
  • A female former lover filed a "palimony" suit against tennis star Billie Jean King
  • President Reagan appointed Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court
  • The Pac-Man video game was introduced in the US
  • Alicia Keys, Elijah Wood, Kelly Rowland, Anna Kournikova, and Britney Spears were born
  • Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series
  • Oakland Raiders won Superbowl XV
  • New York Islanders won the Stanley Cup
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark was the top grossing film
  • "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes spent the most time at the top of the US charts
  • MTV debut on cable television, playing music videos 24 hours a day
  • Gimme a Break premiered this year
Remember When Booklet - 1981

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Presenting "A Day In Life" my series of texts from my journals that I kept between the ages of 14 and 17. I'll be adding new entries every now and then to share all my thoughts, ideas,events, experiences, memories, ideas I had during the eighties. It is for my continued amusement that I read and reread my old journals, even when there isn't much content, I still gain occasional insight how I'm still in the process of changing to maturity. Most of the names have been changed to protect the people I recently found on Facebook. A few are just partial entries, my bleeping and blinding exclamations have been removed and some entries have been modified to give way to my now correct spelling and grammar. Yet the mix of excitement, melodrama and pleasant memories from the eighties are still much felt :)I hope, as you read my old journal with me, you enjoy the same sentiments.