This page lists news articles and events for the year 1981.
Events that happen on the specified date are listed under Events: entries. News articles that were published on the specified date are listed under News: entries. Events that only happened in fiction on the specified date are listed under Fiction: entries and are written in italics.
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- Event: Appearance of the Polybius video game.
- January 20
- March 30:
- Event: President Ronald Reagan and aide James Brady shot and wounded by would-be assassin John Hinckley. Secretary of Defense Al Haig claims to be in charge. The Academy Awards banquet, scheduled for that night, is postponed.
- July 2:
- October 31:
- Fiction: The Dark Wizard Voldemort attempts to kill the infant Harry Potter; he fails and is himself nearly destroyed and is believed my many to be dead.