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CooperBurnett was founded 40 years ago this month but what else was happening in 1981?

CooperBurnett was founded 40 years ago this month – but what else was happening in 1981? Many will remember it as the year that Charles and Diana married, while it was also the year of the first London Marathon and Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest.


January: Greece entered the European Economic Community (predecessor of the EU).


February: A powerful earthquake hit Athens, killing 22 people, injuring 400 people and destroying several buildings and 4,000 houses.


March: The first London Marathon took place, with 7,500 runners.


April: The Bucks Fizz song ‘Making Your Mind Up’ won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin.


May: Francois Mitterrand became French President.


June: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US reported that five gay men in Los Angeles had a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems; the first recognised cases of AIDS.


July: A worldwide television audience of 750 million people watched the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.


August: The first 24-hour video music channel, MTV, was launched in the US and aired its first video, Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles.


September: Postman Pat was first aired on BBC One.


October: Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, was assassinated.


November: The Church of England General Synod voted to admit women to holy orders.


December: Arthur Scargill became President-elect of the National Union of Mineworkers.

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April 7, 2021
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