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1981

  • The Village Voice wins its first Pulitzer Prize. Teresa Carpenter wins for Feature Writing after the award was returned by a Washington Post writer who admitted fabricating the original winning story.
  • Jules Feiffer is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.
  • The Clash's Sandinista! was named best album and Laurie Anderson's "O Superman" was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic's poll.
  • Meryl Streep wins the Obie Award for best performance for her role in Alice in Concert and Kevin Kline wins for The Pirates of Penzance.
  • The New York Times publishes a story headlined, "Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals." This rare cancer, labeled an "epidemic" by the Center for Disease Control, would later determiend to be AIDS.
  • Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite as Simon and Garfunkel for a free concert in Central Park. The show attracts more than 500,000 people, is televised, and prompts the duo to go on world tours in 1982 and 1983.
  • The Voice Literary Supplement, founded by arts editor M. Mark, debuts as an extension of the Voice's book review section.

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