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May 1st, 1981.

May 1st, 1981, was a Friday. It was day 121 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

40 years, 4 months and 19 days have passed since May 1st, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 1st, 1981?

  • The horror movie Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) is released.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 1st, 1981.

  • United States: Morning Train - Sheena Easton
  • United Kingdom: Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz
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Excalibur

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Excalibur" was at the top of the box office on May 1st, 1981.

Take me back to May 1st, 1981!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 1st, 1981 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 1981 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Morning Train by Sheena Easton is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Excalibur is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Bob Marley, Bill Shankly, William Holden and Natalie Wood would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo.", "The Dukes of Hazzard", "Archie Bunker's Place" and "Magnum, P.I.".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids" and "Galaxian". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Sesame Street", "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Cockleshell Bay". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Magna Doodle, Speak & Spell, Cabbage Patch Kids and Monchhichi / Chicaboo.

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 May 1st, 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.

  • 40 years, 4 months and 19 days have passed since May 1st, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 18 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 1st, 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 357519600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 1st, 1981.

  • April 9th, 1981: A Japanese cargo ship sinks after a US Navy nuclear submarine accidentally collides with it.
  • April 10th, 1981: Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands is elected as an MP in Northern Ireland.
  • April 11th, 1981: The 1981 Brixton riots occur.
  • April 12th, 1981: Boxing legend Joe Louis passes away at the age of 66.
  • April 27th, 1981: The first PC with a computer mouse is released by Xerox.
  • This date: May 1st, 1981
  • May 5th, 1981: Provisional IRA member Bobby Sands dies while on hunger strike in prison.
  • May 11th, 1981: Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley dies from cancer at the age of 38.
  • May 12th, 1981: Provisional IRA hunger striker Francis Hughes dies in prison.
  • May 13th, 1981: A man attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II.
  • May 14th, 1981: FA Cup Final 1981: Tottenham Hotspur defeat Manchester City 3-2 in a replay.
  • May 14th, 1981: The Boston Celtics win the 1981 NBA Finals after they defeat the Houston Rockets 4-2.
  • May 15th, 1981: American serial killer Lemuel Smith murders a female correctional officer by the name of Donna Payant.
  • May 21st, 1981: The state funeral of reggae singer Bob Marley takes place in Jamaica.
  • May 22nd, 1981: Peter Sutcliffe is found guilty of being the Yorkshire Ripper.
  • May 27th, 1981: Football: Liverpool win the European Cup after defeating Real Madrid 1-0.
  • May 30th, 1981: Bangladeshi president Ziaur Rahman is assassinated by a group of army officers in Chittagong.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 1st, 1981, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 1st, 1981 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

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.

  • The Greatest American Hero - Comedy-drama superhero series starring William Katt as Ralph Hinkley.
  • 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.
  • Three's Company - Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
  • Eight Is Enough - Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.
  • Quincy, M.E. - TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.
  • Charlie's Angels - TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.
  • Laverne & Shirley - Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
  • The Jeffersons - TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.
  • Little House on the Prairie - TV show that was set in the 1870s.

Kid's TV shows on May 1st, 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
  • 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)
  • Strawberry Shortcake dolls
  • 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
  • Star Wars action figures
  • 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 May 1st, 1987 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 1st.

Calamity Jane

Historical figure. Deceased
Born on May 1st, 1852
She was not alive on this date.

Tim McGraw

American country singer.
Born on May 1st, 1967
He turned 14 on this day in 1981.

Mary Lou McDonald

Irish politician.
Born on May 1st, 1969
She turned 12 on this day in 1981.

Jamie Dornan

Actor.
Born on May 1st, 1982
He was born exactly one year after this date.

Romain Ntamack

Rugby player.
Born on May 1st, 1999
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Charli D'Amelio

Social media personality.
Born on May 1st, 2004
She was born exactly 23 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of May.

  • May Day / Labour Day (France)
  • International Workers' Day

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 1st, 1981.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 1st, 1981.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 1st, 1981 was most likely conceived around the 22nd of July, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 1st, 1981 is close to the 8th of February, 1982.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 1st, 1981.

  • A total of 14,752 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,107 weeks have passed.
  • 1,274,572,800 seconds have passed since the May 1st, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,487,001,600 times.
  • Since May 1st, 1981, the earth has travelled approximately 657,679,564,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 212,428,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 109,613,261 steps. That's about 48,717 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,294,874 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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