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February 8th, 1981.

February 8th, 1981, was a Sunday. It was day 39 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

40 years, 4 months and 7 days have passed since February 8th, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On this day.

What happened on February 8th, 1981?

  • Karaiskakis Stadium disaster: 21 soccer fans are trampled to death during a game between Olympiacos and AEK Athens in Greece.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on February 8th, 1981.

  • United States: Celebration - Kool & the Gang
  • United Kingdom: Woman - John Lennon
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Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is February 8th, 1981 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. In America, the song Celebration by Kool & the Gang is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Woman by John Lennon is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are currently wearing jelly shoes, turtleneck sweaters, loose high-waist pants, crop tops and puffer jackets lined with fur. Meanwhile, men have been ditching the disco look of the 70s in favor of athletic clothing such as tracksuits and sports jerseys. The "preppy" look has also been making a comeback. Because it's 1981, the radio stations are being dominated by artists such as Kim Carnes, Soft Cell, Phil Collins, John Lennon, Stars On 45, Diana Ross and Olivia Newton-John.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Charlie's Angels", "The Love Boat", "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Hart to Hart". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids" and "Missile Command". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mork & Mindy", "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Thundarr the Barbarian".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Magna Doodle, Lego Technic, Water Ring Toss and Intellivision (games console).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on February 8th, 1981.

  • The Rubik's Cube.

    The Rubik's Cube.

    During 1981 and 1982, the Rubik's Cube became a craze. The toy was so popular that books on how to solve it regularly made it into the top ten selling books list.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1981?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1981?

    The best NBA players in 1981 were Julius Erving, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Gervin and Dennis Johnson.

  • Who were the best football players in 1981?

    Who were the best football players in 1981?

    In 1981, the best soccer players were Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Paul Breitner, Bernd Schuster, Michel Platini, Oleg Blokhin, Dino Zoff, Ramaz Shengelia, Alexsandr Chivadze, Liam Brady and John Wark.

  • Chariots of Fire.

    Chariots of Fire.

    "Chariots of Fire" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1981.

  • Kim Carnes - "Bette Davis Eyes"

    Kim Carnes - "Bette Davis Eyes"

    "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes won a Grammy for 1981's Song of the Year.

  • 1981 in movies.

    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.

  • Lech Walesa.

    Lech Walesa.

    The architect of the Gdansk Agreement, Lech Walesa, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1981.

  • 1981 in music.

    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.

  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War.

    Between September, 1980 and August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.

  • Early 1980s fashion.

    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.

  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600.

    During this period, the Atari 2600 was the dominant game system.

  • The Atlanta murders of 1979 - 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 were murdered before Wayne Williams was eventually arrested and convicted.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

    In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more and more common.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 40 years, 4 months and 7 days have passed since February 8th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 06 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on February 8th, 1981, will be 40 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1981 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 350438400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around February 8th, 1981.

  • January 16th, 1981: Irish civil rights leader Bernadette McAliskey is wounded after loyalist gunmen break into her home in Tyrone and shoot her.
  • January 19th, 1981: Iran hostage crisis: Iran and the United States reach a deal to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
  • January 19th, 1981: 22-year-old American photographer Francesca Woodman commits suicide.
  • January 20th, 1981: Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States.
  • January 20th, 1981: Iran releases 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
  • January 21st, 1981: The first production car of the DMC DeLorean is completed.
  • January 25th, 1981: Super Bowl XV: The Oakland Raiders defeat the Philadelphia Eagles at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • This date: February 8th, 1981
  • February 13th, 1981: Over 20KM of sewer lines and streets are destroyed in Louisville, Kentucky after hexane vapors from a processing plant cause a series of explosions.
  • February 14th, 1981: 48 people are killed after a fire breaks out at the Stardust nightclub in Dublin, Ireland.
  • February 23rd, 1981: Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d'etat in Spain.
  • February 24th, 1981: The engagement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana is announced.
  • March 1st, 1981: IRA member Bobby Sands begins his hunger strike in prison in Northern Ireland.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 8th, 1981, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: February 8th, 1981 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Magnum, P.I. - Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
  • Knots Landing - American soap opera.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on February 8th, 1981.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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

Popular toys and games in 1981.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1981.

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

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1981.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out February 8th, 1987 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 8th of February.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on February 8th, 1981.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on February 8th, 1981.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on February 8th, 1981 was most likely conceived around the 1st of May, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 8th, 1981 is close to the 18th of November, 1981.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about February 8th, 1981.

  • A total of 14,738 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,105 weeks have passed.
  • 1,273,359,600 seconds have passed since the February 8th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,485,586,200 times.
  • Since February 8th, 1981, the earth has travelled approximately 657,053,553,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 212,226,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 109,508,926 steps. That's about 48,671 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,280,315 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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