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1981 Facts/Figures

Here's some historical content.
Somehow, I feel a bit older now...

Economics

US GDP (gross domestic product - 1998 dollars): $3,115.90 billion
Federal spending: $678.25 billion
Federal debt: $994.8 billion
Median Household Income (current dollars): $19,074
Consumer Price Index: 90.9
Unemployment: 7.1%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15 ($0.18 as of 3/22/81; $0.20 as of 11/1/81)

Events

President Carter's gave his Farewell Address to the Nation
President Reagan's gave his first inaugural address
Iranian Hostages were released and returned to american soil
Bandleader Bill Haley, of Bill Haley and the Comets, dies at the age of 56
President Reagan is shot by John Hinckley Jr.
The 1st launch of a space shuttle (Columbia)
Francois Mitterand is elected President of France
The Royal Wedding - Prince Charles and Diana Spencer marry
Legendary Reggae musican Bob Marley dies at the age of 36
The birth of MTV, the 24 hour-a-day music television station
Sandra Day O'Connor becomes first female Supreme Court Justice
Dynasty premiers in primetime hours and becomes a hit
The US Agriculture Department tries making ketchup a school lunch vegetable
Atari releases home version of Pac-Man in the US and sparks a huge craze
Joe Louis, one of the greatest prizefighters of all time, dies at the age of 67
The first IBM-PC's begin to roll of the lines
Singer/songwriter Harry Chapin dies at the age of 38, when the car he was driving was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer on the Long Island Expressway in Jericho, N.Y.
The first DeLorean sports cars roll off the assembly line
Private satellite dishes are given the ok by the FCC
MTV launches with first video, "Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles
Allen Ludden game show host (Password), dies at 63
Luke and Laura's Wedding (General Hospital) -- most watched wedding in history next to Charles
and Diana
Salman Rushdie's Midnight Children was published
George Herbert Walker Bush is Vice President
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated at the age of 63
The 236-m.p.h. TGV, Europe's high speed passenger train began operation in France
Jack Albertson actor (Chico & the Man), dies at 73
FDA approves the use of Aspartame (Nutrasweet)
The musical "Dreamgirls" opens on Broadway
Actress Natalie Wood drowns at the age of 43
Hill Street Blues premieres on NBC-TV
Golden Boy, Actor William Holden dies at the age of 63
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) rears its ugly head


Some of the Most Popular Songs of 1981

Endless Love - Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Morning Train (9 to 5) - Sheena Easton
The Tide is High - Blondie
Theme from "The Greatest American Hero" - Joey Scarbury
Rapture - Blondie
Private Eyes - Hall and Oates
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Celebration - Kool and the Gang
Kiss on My List - Hall and Oates
Medley: Intro Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply - Stars on 45
The One That You Love - Air Supply
All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
Physical - Olivia Newton John
Every Woman In The World - Air Supply
Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
She's a Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton
You Make My Dreams - Hall and Oates
Woman - John Lennon
Keep on Loving You - REO Speedwagon
(Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington, Jr
For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton
Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
Love on the Rocks - Neil Diamond
Lady - Kenny Rogers
Angel of the Morning - Juice Newton
Guilty - Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
Lady (You Bring Me Up) - The Commodores
Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos
I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbit


Some Popular Movies from 1981

American Werewolf in London
Arthur
Chariots of Fire
Clash of the Titans
Das Boot
Dragon Slayer
Elephant Man
Escape from New York
Excalibur
For Your Eyes Only
Heavy Metal
Mommie Dearest
My Dinner With Andre
On Golden Pond
Only When I Laugh
Ordinary People
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reds
Stripes
Superman II
Taps
The Great Muppet Caper
Sports Events

Super bowl - Oakland def. Philadelphia (27-10)
World Series - LA Dodgers d. NY Yankees (4-2)
NBA Championship - Boston d. Houston (4-2)
Stanley Cup - NY Islanders d. Minnesota (4-1)
Wimbledon
o Women: Chris Evert Lloyd d. H. Mandlikova (6-2 6-2)
o Men: John McEnroe d. B. Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion - Pleasant Colony
NCAA Basketball Championship - Indiana d. North Carolina (63-50)
NCAA Football Champions - Clemson (12-0-0)

Some 1981 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year
"Bette Davis Eyes," Kim Carnes

Album of the Year
Double Fantasy, John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Song of the Year
"Bette Davis Eyes," Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, songwriters

Best New Artist
Sheena Easton

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
Breakin Away, Al Jarreau

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live On Broadway

Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
"Boy From New York City," Manhattan Transfer

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
"The Theme From Hill Street Blues," Mike Post featuring Larry Carlton

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
"Jessie's Girl," Rick Springfield

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
"Fire and Ice," Pat Benatar

Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
"Don't Stand So Close to Me," Police

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"Behind My Camel," Police

Best Rhythm and Blues Song
"Just the Two of Us," Bill Withers, William Salter and Ralph MacDonald, songwriters

Best Rhythm and Blues Performance, Male
"One Hundred Ways," James Ingram

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female
"Hold On I'm Comin'," Aretha Franklin

Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
The Dude, Quincy Jones

Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance
"All I Need Is You," David Sanborn

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
"Blue Rondo a la Turk," Al Jarreau

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
Digital III at Montreux, Ella Fitzgerald

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group
"Until I Met You" (Corner Pocket), Manhattan Transfer

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
Bye Bye Blackbird, John Coltrane

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
Chick Corea and Gary Burton in Concert, Zurich, October 28, 1979, Chick Corea and Gary Burton

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
Walk on the Water, Gerry Mulligan and His Orchestra

Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental
Winelight, Grover Washington, Jr.

Best Country Song
"9 to 5," Dolly Parton, songwriter

Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
(There's) "No Gettin' Over Me," Ronnie Milsap

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
"9 to 5," Dolly Parton

Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
"Elvira," Oak Ridge Boys

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
Don't Give Up, Andrae Crouch

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional
The Lord Will Make a Way, Al Green

Best Latin Recording
"Guajira Pa la Jeva," Clare Fischer (Pausa)

Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording
There Must Be a Better World Somewhere, B.B. King
Best Instrumental Composition
"The Theme From Hill Street Blues," Mike Post, composer

1981 Tony Award Winners

42nd Street - Musical
Amadeus - Play
The Pirates of Penzance - Revival
Woman of the Year - Score, Book
Bacall, Lauren - Best Actress
Backer, Brian - Featured Actor
Battle, Hinton - Featured Actor
Bury, John - Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer
Champion, Gower - Choreographer
Cooper, Marilyn - Featured Actress
Hall, Peter - Director
Horne, Lena - Special Awards
Kim, Willa - Costume Designer
Kline, Kevin - Best Actor
Kurtz, Swoosie - Featured Actress
Lapotaire, Jane - Best Actress
Leach, Wilford - Director
McKellen, Ian - Best Actor

1981 Academy Awards

Best Picture
Chariots of Fire, David Puttnam, producer (The Ladd Co.; Warner Bros.)

Actor in a Leading Role
Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond

Actress in a Leading Role
Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond

Actor in a Supporting Role
John Gielgud, Arthur

Actress in a Supporting Role
Maureen Stapleton, Reds

Directing
Warren Beatty, Reds

Music
Original Song
"Arthur's Theme" (Best That You Can Do), Arthur, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen, music and lyrics

"Endless Love," Endless Love, Lionel Richie, music/lyrics

"The First Time It Happens," The Great Muppet Caper, Joe Raposo, music/lyrics

"For Your Eyes Only," For Your Eyes Only, Bill Conti, music; Mick Leeson, lyrics

"One More Hour," Ragtime, Randy Newman, music/lyrics

Original Score
Dave Grusin, On Golden Pond
Randy Newman, Ragtime
Alex North, Dragonslayer
Vangelis, Chariots of Fire
John Williams, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Visual Effects
Richard Edlund, Kit West, Bruce Nicholson and Joe Johnston, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Irving G. Thalberg Award
Albert R. Broccoli

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Danny Kaye

Honorary Award
To Barbara Stanwyck for superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting

Special Achievement Award - Sound Effects/Editing
Benjamin P. Burtt, Jr. and Richard L. Anderson,
Raiders of the Lost Ark

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