• First flight of the US Space Shuttle.
  •  Israeli planes destroy Iraqi nuclear reactor.
  •  12,000 air-traffic controllers are fired by order of President Reagan ending the strike.

Space Shuttle at Lift-off

Other Facts from 1981

President: Ronald Reagan



Average annual income


New car


Loaf of bread


Gallon of milk


Gallon of gas




Dow Jones Average  824 to 1024

Songs From 1981

  “Bette Davis Eyes”
  “Breaking Away”
  “Boy From New York City”