May 13th, 1981, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 133 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.
39 years, 4 months and 9 days have passed since May 13th, 1981.
On This Date
Events that occurred on May 13th, 1981:
A man attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 13th, 1981:
United States: Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
United Kingdom: Stand And Deliver - Adam & Ants
Take Me Back!
The date is May 13th, 1981 and it's a Wednesday. The summer of 1981 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes is on top of the singles charts.
Over in the UK, Stand And Deliver by Adam & Ants 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 "Chips", "Dallas", "Hart to Hart" and "Knots Landing". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids" and "Missile Command". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Happy Days", "Mork & Mindy", "Cockleshell Bay" and "Thundarr the Barbarian".
Popular toys include the likes of "Dungeons & Dragons", "Rubik's Cube", "Intellivision (games console)" and "Big wheel (tricycle)".
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 13th, 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.
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.
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.
Basic facts and information about this date:
39 years, 4 months and 9 days have passed since May 13th, 1981.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 1981.
Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on May 13th, 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 358556400.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around May 13th, 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 12th, 1981: Provisional IRA hunger striker Francis Hughes dies in prison.
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 13th, 1981, will have the star sign Taurus.
However, if you are going by the new star sign system (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).
Native American Zodiac: May 13th, 1981 falls under the Beaver.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
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)
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Simon (memory game)
Water Ring Toss
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Dungeons & Dragons
Big Jim (action figure)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 13th of May:
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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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about May 13th, 1981.
14,377 days have passed since this date.
1,242,172,800 seconds have passed since the May 13th, 1981.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,449,201,600 times.
Since May 13th, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 640,961,164,800 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 207,028,800 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 106,826,861 steps. That's about 47,479 miles!
Since this date, 14,906,074 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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