The 2nd of January, 1981, fell on a Friday. Day 2 of 1981. Decade: 1980s.
39 years, 0 months and 19 days have passed since the 2nd of January, 1981.
On This Date
Events that occurred on the 2nd of January, 1981:
Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe (The Yorkshire Ripper) is arrested.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on the 2nd of January, 1981:
United States: Starting Over - John Lennon
United Kingdom: There's No One Quite Like Grandma - St. Winifred's School Choir
News Topics, Fads & Culture
Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on the 2nd of January, 1981.
The Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981.
During this time, the Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981 were taking place. At least 28 children and young adults are murdered before Wayne Williams is eventually caught and convicted of murder.
Early 1980s fashion.
The early 80s saw a minimalist approach to fashion, with some trends carrying over from the late 1970s. Sweaters, fur-lined puffer jackets, tunics, ripped jeans, leotards, velour tracksuits, tube tops, knee-length skirts, high-waisted pants and embroidered jeans were all popular during this period. The colors during the early 1980s were subdued, quiet and basic. Varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were in fashion.
Between the 22nd of September, 1980, and the 20th of August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
Kim Carnes - "Bette Davis Eyes"
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes would go on to win a Grammy for 1981's Song of the Year.
The architect of the Gdansk Agreement, Lech Walesa, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1981.
Chariots of Fire
"Chariots of Fire" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1981.
1981 in movies.
Movies released in 1981 included Raiders of the Lost Ark, On Golden Pond, Superman II, Arthur, Stripes, The Cannonball Run, Chariots of Fire, For Your Eyes Only, The Four Seasons, Escape from New York, The Evil Dead, Mad Max 2, An American Werewolf in London and Time Bandits.
1981 in music.
Popular music artists in 1981 included Kim Carnes, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Rick Springfield, Kool & the Gang, Hall & Oates, Eddie Rabbitt, Dolly Parton and REO Speedwagon.
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 2nd of January:
TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.
Magnum, P.I. - Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
Knots Landing - American soap opera.
Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
Hart to Hart - TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.
The Dukes of Hazzard - American television series.
Mork & Mindy - Comedy TV show about an alien called Mork. Starring Robin Williams.
Taxi - American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.
Dallas - Soap opera.
The Incredible Hulk - Starring Lou Ferrigno.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about the 2nd of January, 1981.
14,264 days have passed since this date.
1,232,409,600 seconds have passed since the 2nd of January, 1981.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,437,811,200 times.
Since the 2nd of January, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 635,923,353,600 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 205,401,600 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 105,987,226 steps. That's about 47,105 miles!
Since this date, 14,788,915 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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