Key Figures Edit

Key Events in Britain, 1981 Edit



  • Ronald Reagan becomes President of the United States.
  • The Government launches a controversial Salmonella Awareness Campaign fronted by TV chef Fanny Cradock.
  • Józef Pinkowski resigns as Prime Minister of Poland.
  • King Juan Carlos survives a coup attempt in Spain.
  • The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer announce their engagement.
  • Sir Roger Hollis is accused of being a Soviet spy.


  • Homosexuality becomes legal in Scotland.
  • The DHSS introduces new cleaning standards for hospitals.
  • Sectarian attacks rage in Northern Ireland.