May 1st, 1981

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

39 years, 2 months and 8 days have passed since May 1st, 1981.


On This Date

Events that occurred on May 1st, 1981:

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


Music Singles

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

Take Me Back!

The date is May 1st, 1981 and it's a Friday. People 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.

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 "Columbo.", "Laverne & Shirley", "Eight Is Enough" and "Dallas". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Galaxian", "Pac-Man" and "Missile Command".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Happy Days", "Cockleshell Bay" and "Thundarr the Barbarian". Popular toys include the likes of "Magna Doodle", "Lego Technic", "Cabbage Patch Kids" and "Intellivision (games console)".


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 May 1st, 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.

  • 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, 2 months and 8 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 39 years of age.
  • 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 11th, 1981: The 1981 Brixton riots occur.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 1st, 1981, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: May 1st, 1981 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.

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" - "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
  • 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 1st of May:


Holidays

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

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

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

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

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on May 1st, 1981 was probably conceived around the 22nd of July, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 1st, 1981 is the 8th of February, 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 May 1st, 1981.

  • 14,314 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,236,729,600 seconds have passed since the May 1st, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,442,851,200 times.
  • Since May 1st, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 638,152,473,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 206,121,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 106,358,746 steps. That's about 47,271 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,840,755 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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