April 12th, 1981

April 12th, 1981, fell on a Sunday. It was day 102 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

39 years, 7 months and 23 days have passed since April 12th, 1981.


On This Date

Events that occurred on April 12th, 1981:

  • Boxing legend Joe Louis passes away at the age of 66.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 12th, 1981:

  • United States: Kiss On My List - Hall & Oates
  • United Kingdom: This Ole House - Shakin' Stevens

Take Me Back!

The date is April 12th, 1981 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1981 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise. In America, the song Kiss On My List by Hall & Oates is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, This Ole House by Shakin' Stevens 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.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Little House on the Prairie", "Trapper John, M.D." and "Knots Landing". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Pac-Man" and "Missile Command". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Happy Days" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Speak & Spell", "Rubik's Cube", "Big wheel (tricycle)" and "Monchhichi / Chicaboo".


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 April 12th, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lech Walesa.

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

  • 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.

  • Chariots of Fire

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

  • 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 39 years, 7 months and 23 days have passed since April 12th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 15 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on April 12th, 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 355878000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around April 12th, 1981:

  • March 30th, 1981: Chariots of Fire (1981) is released in cinemas.
  • March 30th, 1981: John Hinckley attempts to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan.
  • April 11th, 1981: The 1981 Brixton riots occur.
  • May 1st, 1981: The horror movie Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) is released.
  • May 5th, 1981: Provisional IRA member Bobby Sands dies while on hunger strike in prison.
  • May 11th, 1981: Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter Bob Marley dies from cancer.
  • May 12th, 1981: Provisional IRA hunger striker Francis Hughes dies in prison.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 12th, 1981, will have the star sign Aries.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: April 12th, 1981 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.

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.
  • 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.

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Atari 2600
  • Lego Technic
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • 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 12th of April:


US President

Who was the US President on April 12th, 1981?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 12th, 1981?

  • Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on April 12th, 1981 was probably conceived around the 3rd of July, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 12th, 1981 is the 20th of January, 1982. (Rough Estimate).

Video 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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about April 12th, 1981.

  • 14,482 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,251,248,400 seconds have passed since the April 12th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,459,789,800 times.
  • Since April 12th, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 645,644,174,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 208,541,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 107,607,362 steps. That's about 47,825 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,014,981 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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