Radio Hits of 1981

1981 Sports

*World Series Champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
*Superbowl Champions: Oakland Raiders
*NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
*Stanley Cup Champs: New York Islanders
*U.S. Open Golf: David Graham
*U.S. Tennis: John McEnroe/Tracy Austin
*Wimbledon (Men/Women): John McEnroe/Chris Evert
*NCAA Football Champions: Clemson
*NCAA Basketball: Indiana
*Kentucky Derby: Pleasant Colony

Fashion Icons:

Charlene Tilton, Suzanne Somers, Catherine Bach, Cheryl Tiegs, Iman, Christie Brinkley.

Other Facts (1981)

*MTV goes on the air running around the clock music videos, debuting with "Video Killed the Radio Star."
*Prince Charles married Lady Diana on July 29, 1981. It was on TV and in all the newspapers.
*AIDS is first identified.
*IBM introduces its first personal computer, running the Microsoft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS)
*Pope John Paul II wounded by gunman (May 14).
*President Reagan wounded by gunman, with the press secretary and two law-enforcement officers (March 30).
*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.
*Actress Natalie Wood died, apparently falling overboard after a day/night sailing with hubby Robert Wagner and mutual friend Christopher Walken.
*US-Iran agreement frees 52 hostages held in Teheran since 1979 (Jan. 20); hostages welcomed back in US (Jan. 25).
*Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat is assassinated by Islamic extremists during a military parade in Cairo (Oct. 6).
*Pacman-mania sweeps the country.
*The first American test-tube baby, is born.
*"Be all that you can be" - United States Army ad.
*Hanna-Barbera introduced the cartoon series "The Smurfs".
*Muhammad Ali retires with career record of 55 wins and 5 defeats.
*Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Lech Walesa
*Miss America: Susan Powell (Elk City, OK)
*Miss USA: Kim Seelbrede (Ohio)
*Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Working on the Rubik's Cube, Donkey Kong, Frogger (arcade), He-Man and the Masters of the Universe action figures.
What Was On TV:
Dallas (CBS), 60 Minutes (CBS), The Jeffersons (CBS), Three's Company (ABC), Alice (CBS), The Dukes of Hazzard (CBS), Too Close For Comfort (ABC), ABC Monday Night Movie (ABC), M*A*S*H (CBS), One Day at a Time (CBS).


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The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Frances Spencer took place on Wednesday, 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom. Their marriage was widely billed as a "fairytale wedding" and the "wedding of the century". It was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million. The United Kingdom had a national holiday on that day to mark the wedding.

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