* MTV goes on the air running around the clock music videos, debuting with 'Video Killed the Radio Star'.
* Singer Harry Chapin was killed in an automobile crash on the Long Island expressway in 1981.
* Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded on March 30, 1981, by John Hinckley.
* Prince Charles married Lady Diana on July 29, 1981. It was on TV and in all the newspapers.
* Actress Natalie Wood died, apparently falling overboard after a day/night sailing with hubby Robert Wagner and mutual friend Christopher Walken.
* Boxer Muhammad Ali retires with career record of 55 wins and 5 defeats.
* Actor William Holden was drunk, fell and cut his head open. He didn't realize how injured he was, didn't call for help, and died from the what should have been a fairly easy stiching.
* The AIDS virus is first identified.
* US-Iran agreement frees 52 hostages held in Teheran since 1979. The hostages were welcomed back in the United States on Jan. 25, 1981.
* An attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II took place on Wednesday, 13 May 1981, in St. Peter's Square at Vatican City. The Pope was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Aoca while he was entering the square.
* Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
* I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbit
* Celebration - Kool & The Gang
* Starting Over - John Lennon
* Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
* Whip It - Devo
* The Best Of Times - Styx
* 9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
* Elvira - Oakridge Boys
* Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
* Lady - Kenny Rogers
* I Love You - Climax Blues Band
* Kiss On My List - Hall & Oates
* Love On The Rocks - Neil Diamond
* Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
* Rapture - Blondie
* Stop Dragging My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks
* Woman - John Lennon
* The Tide Is High - Blondie