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6 January 1981

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Request to Stop Courts from Invoking God is Denied

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27 January 1981
Mother Angelica Receives FCC License

Mother Angelica Receives FCC License

17 March 1981
Arkansas Passes Balanced Treatment Law on Teaching Evolution

Arkansas Passes Balanced Treatment Law on Teaching Evolution

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19 March 1981
Governor Frank White of Arkansas Gets Balanced Treatment Act Passed

Governor Frank White of Arkansas Gets Balanced Treatment Act Passed

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23 March 1981
H. L. v. Matheson: Supreme Court Upholds Parental Notifications for Teens Seeking Abortions

H. L. v. Matheson: Supreme Court Upholds Parental Notifications for Teens Seeking Abortions

23 March 1981
Michael M. vs. Superior Court of Sonoma County: Statutory Rape Only a Crime When Men Do It

Michael M. vs. Superior Court of Sonoma County: Statutory Rape Only a Crime When Men Do It

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8 May 1981
U.S. Air Force: Orthodox Jews Not Allowed to Wear Yarmulkes

U.S. Air Force: Orthodox Jews Not Allowed to Wear Yarmulkes

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13 May 1981
Assassination Attempt Made on Pope John Paul II by Mehmet Ali Agca

Assassination Attempt Made on Pope John Paul II by Mehmet Ali Agca

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23 May 1981
H.L. v. Matheson: Court Upholds Parental Notification Law for Abortions

H.L. v. Matheson: Court Upholds Parental Notification Law for Abortions

7 June 1981
Israeli Jets Destroy Iraq's Osirak Nuclear Reactor

Israeli Jets Destroy Iraq's Osirak Nuclear Reactor

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22 June 1981
Iran's President Abolhassan Banisadr Forcibly Removed From Office, Flees to France

Iran's President Abolhassan Banisadr Forcibly Removed From Office, Flees to France

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23 June 1981
U.S.A.F. Orders Orthodox Jew Simcha Goldman to Stop Wearing a Yarmulke

U.S.A.F. Orders Orthodox Jew Simcha Goldman to Stop Wearing a Yarmulke

3 July 1981
Justice Potter Stewart Retires From Supreme Court

Justice Potter Stewart Retires From Supreme Court

5 July 1981
Louisiana House Votes for Bill Allowing Creationism to be Taught in Public Schools

Louisiana House Votes for Bill Allowing Creationism to be Taught in Public Schools

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7 July 1981
National Education Association Votes Against Teaching Creation Science in Schools

National Education Association Votes Against Teaching Creation Science in Schools

7 July 1981
President Reagan Nominates Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to U.S. Supreme Court

President Reagan Nominates Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to U.S. Supreme Court

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21 July 1981
Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Teaching of Creationism in Public Schools

Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Teaching of Creationism in Public Schools

25 July 1981
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Son William Apologizes for Ending Prayers in Public Schools

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Son William Apologizes for Ending Prayers in Public Schools

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24 August 1981
Francis Diamond Placed in Psychiatric Hospital, Blames Scientology Church

Francis Diamond Placed in Psychiatric Hospital, Blames Scientology Church

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1 September 1981
Death of Albert Speer - Hitler's Armaments & War Production Minister

Death of Albert Speer - Hitler's Armaments & War Production Minister

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15 September 1981
Pope John Paul II Issues Encyclical Against Excesses & Errors of Capitalism & Marxism

Pope John Paul II Issues Encyclical Against Excesses & Errors of Capitalism & Marxism

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21 September 1981
U.S. Senate Gives Unanimous Vote Confirming Sandra Day O'Connor to U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Senate Gives Unanimous Vote Confirming Sandra Day O'Connor to U.S. Supreme Court

26 September 1981
Sandra Day O'Connor Sworn in as First Female Justice on U.S. Supreme Court

Sandra Day O'Connor Sworn in as First Female Justice on U.S. Supreme Court

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5 October 1981
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Convictions of 9 Members of Scientology Church

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Convictions of 9 Members of Scientology Church

6 October 1981
Widmar v. Vincent: Court Will Rule that Schools Must Treat Religious Groups Equally

Widmar v. Vincent: Court Will Rule that Schools Must Treat Religious Groups Equally

6 October 1981
During Military Review in Cairo, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is Assassinated by Islamic Extremists

During Military Review in Cairo, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is Assassinated by Islamic Extremists

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9 October 1981

France Becomes Last European Country to Abolish Death Penalty

11 October 1981
Pope John Paul II Denounces Secularism and Materialism

Pope John Paul II Denounces Secularism and Materialism

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2 November 1981
U.S. v. Lee: Supreme Court Rejects Religious Exemptions for Social Security Taxes

U.S. v. Lee: Supreme Court Rejects Religious Exemptions for Social Security Taxes

25 November 1981
Future Pope Benedict XVI Appointed as Head of the Inquisition - the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith

Future Pope Benedict XVI Appointed as Head of the Inquisition - the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith

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7 December 1981
McClean v. Arkansas: Court Hears Case on Law Requiring Creationism in Public Schools

McClean v. Arkansas: Court Hears Case on Law Requiring Creationism in Public Schools

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8 December 1981
Widmar v. Vincent: College Facilities Must Be Open to Both Secular and Religious Students

Widmar v. Vincent: College Facilities Must Be Open to Both Secular and Religious Students

9 December 1981
Larson v. Valente: Court Will Rule Law Imposing Burdens on Minority Religions is Unconstitutional

Larson v. Valente: Court Will Rule Law Imposing Burdens on Minority Religions is Unconstitutional

11 December 1981
McClean v. Arkansas: Theologist Norman Geisler Testifies in Favor of Teaching Creationism

McClean v. Arkansas: Theologist Norman Geisler Testifies in Favor of Teaching Creationism

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14 December 1981
Israeli Government Votes to Annex Golan Heights

Israeli Government Votes to Annex Golan Heights

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14 December 1981
McClean v. Arkansas: Georgia Professor Testifies in Favor of Teaching Creationism in Public Schools

McClean v. Arkansas: Georgia Professor Testifies in Favor of Teaching Creationism in Public Schools

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16 December 1981
McClean v. Arkansas: Mathematics and Astronomy Professor Testifies on Teaching Creationism

McClean v. Arkansas: Mathematics and Astronomy Professor Testifies on Teaching Creationism

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24 December 1981
McClean v. Arkansas: Trial Ends, Judge Overton Will Rule Against Teaching Creationism

McClean v. Arkansas: Trial Ends, Judge Overton Will Rule Against Teaching Creationism

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