May 12th, 1981

May 12th, 1981, fell on a Tuesday. Day 132 of 1981. Decade: 1980s.

39 years, 0 months and 25 days have passed since May 12th, 1981.


On This Date

Events that occurred on May 12th, 1981:

  • Provisional IRA hunger striker Francis Hughes dies in prison.


Music Singles

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

  • United States: Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  • United Kingdom: Stand And Deliver - Adam & Ants

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 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.

  • 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, 0 months and 25 days have passed since May 12th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 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 358470000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around May 12th, 1981:

  • 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 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.
  • June 5th, 1981: News of AIDS begins to spread, as the CDC issues a report about a rare case of "pneumonia" that has been found in five homosexual men..
  • June 7th, 1981: Israel carries out an airstrike on an Iraqi nuclear reactor.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 12th, 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 12th, 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 12th of May:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 12th, 1981.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on May 12th, 1981 was probably conceived around the 2nd of August, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 12th, 1981 is the 19th of February, 1982. (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.

12th of May

Events that have occurred on the 12th of May:

  • May 12th, 1932: The "Lindbergh Baby", Charles Lindbergh Jr., is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey
  • May 12th, 1989: The San Bernardino train disaster kills four people.
  • May 12th, 1989: See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) is released in cinemas.
  • May 12th, 2008: An 8.0 magnitude earthquake results in nearly 70,000 deaths in Sichuan, China
  • May 12th, 2015: 8 people are killed after a train derails in Port Richmond, Philadelphia.
  • May 12th, 1959: Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher are married a year after they started an extramarital affair.
  • May 12th, 1974: The Boston Celtics win the 1974 NBA Finals after they defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 4-3.
  • May 12th, 1976: Football: Bayern Munich win the European Cup after defeating Saint-Etienne 1-0.
  • May 12th, 1979: Arsenal win the FA Cup final after beating Manchester United 3-2. Alan Sunderland scores a late 88th minute winner.
  • May 12th, 1986: Top Gun (1986) is released.
  • May 12th, 1992: Actor Robert Reed, who portrayed the father Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch, passes away due to AIDS.
  • May 12th, 1993: The last episode of "The Wonder Years" is aired.
  • May 12th, 2001: Liverpool win the FA Cup final after two late goals from Michael Owen helps them secure a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.
  • May 12th, 2014: Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attacks her brother-in-law Jay-Z in an elevator at The Standard Hotel in New York City.
  • May 12th, 2017: Football: Chelsea win the Premier League after a 1-0 win over West Brom.
  • May 12th, 2019: Football: Manchester City win the Premier League.

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Time Difference & Statistics

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

  • 14,270 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,232,928,000 seconds have passed since the May 12th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,438,416,000 times.
  • Since May 12th, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 636,190,848,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 205,488,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 106,031,808 steps. That's about 47,125 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,795,136 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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