Happy 80's day! (If you missed it, the Commander declared every Tuesday will be a tribute to the 80's in Luggage Land.) Today I picked 1981.
Here are some events that took place in 1981, do you remember?
- January 13 - Donna Griffiths, a schoolgirl in Pershore, Worcestershire, UK, begins an uncontrollable series of sneezes that end September 16, 1983 - after 978 days
- January 19 - United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
- January 20 - Ronald Reagan succeeds Jimmy Carter, becoming the 40th President of the United States. Minutes later, Iran releases 52 Americans held 444 days.
- February 24 - Shortly before 11 p.m. a powerful, magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Athens, killing 16 people, injuring thousands and destroying several buildings, mostly in Corinth and the nearby towns of Loutraki, Kiato and Xylokastro.
- March 6 - After 19 years hosting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.
- March 30 - U.S. 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.
- 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 Rome to address a general audience (2 days after Christmas in 1983, Pope John Paul goes to the prison to meet and forgive his would-be assassin).
- 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 29 - Lady Diana Spencer marries Charles, Prince of Wales.
- August 1 - MTV (Music Television) is launched
- gust 19 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan appoints the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor.
- August 19 - Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, aka the pop duo Pet Shop Boys, meet for the first time by chance in an electronics shop in Chelsea, London.
- September 19 - Simon and Garfunkel perform The Concert in Central Park, a free concert in New York in front of approximately a half a million people.
- October 15 - The heavy metal band Metallica forms.
- November 16 - Luke and Laura marry on the U.S. soap opera General Hospital; it is the highest-rated hour in daytime television history.
And now, what you all have been waiting for- the music hits of 1981: (US #1 Singles)
- "(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon (3 weeks in 1980+ 2 weeks in 1981)
- "The Tide Is High" - Blondie (1)
- "Celebration" - Kool & The Gang (2)
- "9 To 5" - Dolly Parton (2)
- "I Love A Rainy Night" - Eddie Rabbitt (2)
- "Keep On Loving You" REO Speedwagon (1)
- "Rapture" - Blondie (2)
- "Kiss On My List" - Daryl Hall & John Oates (3)
- "Morning Train (9 To 5)" - Sheena Easton (2)
- "Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes (9, best selling single of the year)
- "Stars on 45 Medley" - Stars On 45 (1)
- "The One That You Love" - Air Supply (1)
- "Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield (2)
- "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (9)
- "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" - Christopher Cross (3)
- "Private Eyes" - Daryl Hall & John Oates (2)
- "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John (6 weeks in 1981 + 4 weeks in 1982)
Click here for the 1981 UK charts.