1981 (MCMLXXXI) wis a common year stairtin on Fuirsday o the Gregorian calendar, the 1981st year o the Common Era (CE) an Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 981st year o the 2nt millennium, the 81st year o the 20t century, an the 2nt year o the 1980s decade.

Millennium: 2nt millennium
Centuries: 19t century20t century21st century
Decades: 1950s  1960s  1970s  – 1980s –  1990s  2000s  2010s
Years: 1978 1979 198019811982 1983 1984