A second hunger strike takes place in The Maize Prison in Northern Ireland, eventually ending on October 3rd after ten prisoners had starved themselves to death, including Bobby Sands.
1981 was also the year of the tragic fire in Stardust nightclub, Artane, which burned to the ground in the early hours of February 14th.
Bucks Fizz pulled off their skirts to win the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Making Your Mind Up'. Phil Collins releases his first solo album. Whilst sitting in Tom's Restaurant in New York City, Suzanne Vega composes the song "Tom's Diner". Paul McCartney & Wings go their separate ways and we welcome Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Beyonce into the world.
Best remembered for its theme tune - to which a generation of boys raced each other home from school. Chariots of Fire was the Oscar-wining tale of two men competing in the 1924 Paris Olympics. The Cannonball Run starred Burt Reynolds with a tale of an illegal cross-country car race featured Ferrari-driving priests, martial arts expert Jackie Chan, and Roger Moore doing a parody of his 007 character.
Don't be a Plonker - Only Fools and Horses appears on our TV's starring David Jason and Nicolas Lyndhurst. 30million people watch Charles and Diana marry, whilst 24 million watch Ken and Deidre tie the knot in Corrie.