13-14./12/81: Snow storms hit England

14 December 1981 and PD3 523 is trying to maintain a service on otherwise Swift operated route 12, but has become stuck at the Airport terminus


21/11/81: Peace demonstration in Amsterdam

Saturday 21 November, 1981 - peace-demonstration in Amsterdam against cruise missiles and nuclear weapons

source: anp-archief.nl

21 november Antikernwapendemonstratie (1981) from Vandaag Voorheen on Vimeo.


17/11/81: Queen and David Bowie hit no. 1 with 'Under Pressure'

On Tuesday 17 November 1981 Queen and David Bowie reached the no. 1 spot in the UK with their single 'Under Pressure'.


01/10/81: Phil Oakey (The Human League) on the cover of Smash Hits

Inside: an interview with the band on the eve of the release of their new album Dare, lyrics to the new single Open Your Heart and "The Beginners' Guide to The Human League".


20/09/81: British Professional Darts Championship begins

On Sunday 20 September 1981, BBCTv began eight day coverage of the British Professional Championship, a brand new tournament in which 32 of the top darts players in Britain were to compete.

The first round began that  afternoon with four matches, and featured were the No 1 Seed and World Champion, Eric Bristow against Tony Ridler, and the No 8 Seed Cliff Lazarenko, who played against Lionel Smith. The programme was introduced by Peter Purves from the Club Fiesta, Stockton.

Daily coverage carried on throughout the week with highlisghts being shown in an evening programme at around 10.15 pm. The final on Sunday 27 September, won by Jocky Wilson, was broadcast live from 1.55 pm.


19/09/1981: Simon & Garfunkel play in Central Park

On Saturday 19 September 1981, popular folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel played a concert in Central Park as part of a fund-raising event for the redevelopment and maintenance of the run-down green space in the middle of Manhattan. Around $51,000 was raised.

pic.: unattributed on dailymail.co.uk

The concert was recorded and was later released as The Concert in Central Park album and went gold in the UK and double platinum in the USA.

Film of the concert was produced for television broadcast and the upcoming home video market. HBO televised the film, Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park, on February 21, 1982, five days after the album was released. The film was later released for sale in VHS, CED Videodisc, Laserdisc, and DVD formats. It sold more than 50,000 copies in the US, where it earned Gold certification for a music long form video.

pic.: discogs.com

source: wikipedia