2nd of January, 1981

The 2nd of January, 1981, fell on a Friday. Day 2 of 1981. Decade: 1980s.

39 years, 1 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.


Music Singles

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.

  • Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis was ongoing during this period. Between the 4th of November, 1979 and the 20th of January, 1981, 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage in Iran. The hostages were taken into captivity after a group of Iranian college students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

  • 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.

  • Iran-Iraq War

    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.

  • Lech Walesa.

    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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 39 years, 1 months and 19 days have passed since the 2nd of January, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on the 2nd of January, 1981, will be 39 years of age.
  • People born in 1981 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 347241600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around the 2nd of January, 1981:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on the 2nd of January, 1981, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: The 2nd of January, 1981 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.

Television Shows

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.
  • The Love Boat - Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.
  • Chips - TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.

1981 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1981.

"Thundarr the Barbarian" - "Cockleshell Bay" - "Diff'rent Strokes" - "Mork & Mindy" - "The Muppet Show" - "Happy Days" - "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" - "Sesame Street" - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" - "The Bugs Bunny Show" - "Captain Kangaroo"


1981 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1981:

  • Monchhichi / Chicaboo
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Intellivision (games console)
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Atari 2600
  • Lego Technic
  • Magna Doodle
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 2nd of January:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 2nd of January:

  • Berchtoldstag (Switzerland)

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on the 2nd of January, 1981.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on the 2nd of January, 1981 was probably conceived around the 25th of March, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on the 2nd of January, 1981 is the 12th of October, 1981. (Rough Estimate).

Computer Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • Missile Command - Arcade game developed by Atari.
  • Pac-Man - Maze arcade game.
  • Galaxian - Fixed shooter arcade game.
  • Asteroids - Space-themed shooter arcade game.
  • Lunar Lander - In which the player controls a lunar landing module.
  • Space Invaders - Shooter arcade game.
  • Breakout - Arcade game published by Atari.

2nd of January

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about the 2nd of January, 1981.

  • 14,294 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,235,001,600 seconds have passed since the 2nd of January, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,440,835,200 times.
  • Since the 2nd of January, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 637,260,825,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 205,833,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 106,210,138 steps. That's about 47,205 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,820,019 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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