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1981

A year where Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. Steve Davies wins the snooker world championships. Peter Sutcliffe is charged with being the notorious mass murderer known as the "Yorkshire Ripper", rioting breaks out around the country including Moss Side and Toxteth and the TV licence fee went up to £46.

Music

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.

 

Movies

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.

 

TV

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 at St Paul's whilst 24 million watch Ken and Deidre tie the knot in Corrie. Also making an apperance on TV this year was Danger Mouse, Bullseye, Razzamatazz and Game for a Laugh.

 

 

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