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This year in History: Born in 1981 and fun news items.

This year in History

The year 1981


January 20   Ronald W. Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th US President

January 20   Iran releases 52 American hostages

October 6   Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated.

December 11   Muhammad Ali fights his last boxing match and is defeated by Trevor Berbick.

December 30   Wayne Gretzky sets an NHL record by scoring 50 goals in 39 games.

March 6   Walter Cronkite's last CBS Evening News Broadcast

March 30   President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.,

April 24   The first IBM PC is introduced.

April 27   The computer mouse is introduced

May 11   Death of Reggae legend Bob Marley.

July 7   Sandra Day O'Connor is nominated for the Supreme Court

August 1   First broadcasts by MTV. The first video played was Video Killed The Radio Star""."

August 11   IBM introduces the IBM PC.

September 21   Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female supreme court justice when she is confirmed by the senate

September 26   Baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan throws a record fifth no-hitter

Famous Birthdays:

January 3   Eli Manning (NFL Football Quarterback)

January 25   Alicia Keys (Singer and Songwriter)

January 28   Elijah Wood (Actor)

January 31   Justin Timberlake (Singer)

February 17   Paris Hilton (Hotel Heiress)

February 27   Josh Groban (Singer)

March 28   Julia Stiles (Actress)

April 1   Hannah Spearitt (Singer)

April 19   Hayden Christenson (Actor)

April 19   Troy Polamalu (NFL Footbal Player)

April 28   Jessica Alba (Actress)

May 1   Wes Welker (NFL football player)

May 5   Daneille Fishel (Actress)

May 21   Josh Hamilton (Baseball player)

June 7   Anna Kournikova (Tennis Player)

June 9   Natalie Portman (Actress)

June 13   Chris Evans (Actor)

June 29   Joe Johnson (Basketball player)

July 11   Andre Johnson (Football Player)

July 19   Nene (Brazilian soccer player)

August 5   Carl Crawford (Baseball player)

August 8   Roger Federer (Tennis Player)

August 24   Chad Michael Murray (Actor)

September 4   Beyonce Knowles (Singer)

September 8   Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Actor)

September 12   Jennifer Hudson (Singer and actress)

September 16   Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls Actress)

September 21   Nichole Richie (Actress)

September 26   Serena Williams (Tennis Player)

September 26   Christina Milian (Singer)

October 4   Justin Williams (NHL Player)

October 9   Zachary Ty Bryan (Actor - TV's Home Improvement)

November 2   Roddy White (NFL Football Player)

November 25   Barbara and Jenna Bush (Daughters of President GW Bush)

December 2   Britney Spears (Singer)

December 27   Emilie de Ravin (Actress - TV's Lost)

December 28   Sienna Miller (Actress)


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