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Headlines From 1981 Events UK

Recipients love to read what was happening in the world on a date that has a special meaning to them, such as a birthday or anniversary, as it creates a fascinating connection with their past. A 1981 Newspaper offers the ultimate insight into 1981 news as it offers a true window into how the world once was, reported first hand from those living at that time. Birthday Newspapers offer a wonderful trip down memory lane, and the personal nature of this present will show that you have put a lot of thought into your gift.

Headlines From 1981 Events

Not only will your newspaper be a fantastic way to discover 1981 history but it will also be a treasured gift of high sentimental value. This is made even more special with the certificate of authenticity included with every 1981 newspaper, at no extra charge. This can be personalised with not only the recipients name and the occasion but also a personal message. Add the perfect finishing touch to this special gift with one of our many stunning presentation options, ranging from commemorative keepsake folders to beautifully crafted gift boxes.

These look great but will also help to store your 1981 newspaper so that it can be referred to and enjoyed for many years to come. Not just by the person receiving it but by future generations that will enjoy sharing trips down memory lane as the 1981 pictures, headlines and news reports bring back fond memories from the past.

Newspaper 1981 Article Coverage

Please see below for a breakdown of important events that happened in 1981 which are likely to be covered in your newspaper dependent on the date selected. If you're looking for specific 1981 news headlines then please feel free to contact our archivist team who are experts when it comes to researching old newspapers from this significant period of historical interest.

Date Event
20th January 1981Ronald Reagan succeeds Jimmy Carter as the 40th President of the United States. Minutes later, Iran releases the fifty-two Americans who had been held captive for 444 days, ending the Iran hostage crisis.
13th February 1981Rupert Murdoch buys The Times and The Sunday Times for £12 million.
10th March 1981Sir Geoffrey Howe announces the British budget, which raises taxes in the middle of a recession.
29th March 1981The first London Marathon is held with 7,500 runners.
30th March 1981U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington D.C. hotel by John Hinckley Junior. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady are also wounded.
4th April 1981 Bucks Fizz wins the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with the song, “Making Your Mind Up“.
11th April 1981Rioters in Brixton throw petrol bombs, attack police and loot shops.
5th May 1981Bobby Sands, Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and elected member of the House of Commons, dies aged twenty-seven while on hunger strike in HM Prison Maze.
11th May 1981Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1945) dies.
13th May 1981Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish gunman, as he enters St. Peter's Square in Rome to address a general audience.
22nd May 1981Peter Sutcliffe is found guilty of being the Yorkshire Ripper. He is sentenced to life imprisonment on thirteen counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder.
27th May 1981Liverpool FC wins the European Cup, beating Real Madrid 1-0 in Paris.
13th June 1981 At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, Marcus Sarjeant fires six blank shots at the Queen.
3rd July 1981The Toxteth riots begin in Liverpool after a mob saves a youth from being arrested. Shortly afterward, the Chapeltown riots start in Leeds after increased racial tension.
29th July 1981Lady Diana Spencer marries Charles, Prince of Wales.
24th August 1981Mark David Chapman is sentenced to twenty years to life in prison, after being convicted of murdering John Lennon in Manhattan eight months earlier.
14th September 1981 Margaret Thatcher appoints Cecil Parkinson as Chairman of the Conservative Party.
29th September 1981Bill Shankly, former Liverpool football manager (b. 1914) dies.
15th October 1981The heavy metal band Metallica forms.
1st November 1981Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.
8th December 1981 Arthur Scargill becomes President-elect of the National Union of Mineworkers.
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A Newspaper From 1981

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