Due to this post, I am now on a pleasant treadmill. So it’s Happy Birthday to my younger son as he and Hannah simultaneously reach the milestone of 30 and enter their fourth decade. As well as their births, 1981 was an interesting year in many ways:
In the main news, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on 29th July at St Paul’s Cathedral with 700 million television viewers watched around the world. ( 30 years later his son marries with probably yet more viewers). The Titanic wreck was found in the North Atlantic and the the first space shuttle was launched. The Yorkshire Ripper was brought to justice for the death of 13 women, the Pope was shot four times while he was in the Vatican, the French TGV was brought into service and Rupert Murdoch shuts down the Sunday Times due to an industrial dispute shortly after buying it! Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose.
In music, Bob Marley died aged 36 and in the year following his murder, John Lennon continued to reign over the UK charts, holding three of the top four places in the January Top Ten. As compact discs began to take on the established media of cassette tape and vinyl, the
tosh music on offer included Shakin Stevens, Dollie Parton, Adam Ant, Buggs Figgs and Olivia Newton John. MTV went on the air. The first song to be played was Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star.
In sport, Muhammad Ali finally retires with career record of 55 wins and 5 defeats , Tom Watson won the US masters, Shergar won the Derby ( specifically the English Derby !) John McEnroe won at Wimbledon, City in their most recent FA Cup final (oops sorry, forgot already) made a household name of Ricky Villa and Ian Botham won the Ashes single handed. Torvill and Dean won the European ice dancing title and Liverpool won the European cup 1-0 against Real Madrid.
From a technology standpoint, the IBM PC was launched, with probably less computing power than many of today’s washing machines, at a bargain price of $7000. Post-it notes were launched and if you wanted to have the Eighties equivalent of an Ipod , then Tandy had the answer with some natty radio cassette players, click on the image below.
Here’s to many more and enjoy the Philipines while there is still floor space. The population is now 94 million – it was only 49 million when you were born!