May 20th, 1981, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 140 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.
39 years, 6 months and 15 days have passed since May 20th, 1981.
Born On This Date
People who were born on this exact date:
Born on this exact date: Iker Casillas: Spanish soccer player.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 20th, 1981:
United States: Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
United Kingdom: Stand And Deliver - Adam & Ants
Take Me Back!
The date is May 20th, 1981 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. 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 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 "Columbo.", "Last of the Summer Wine", "Quincy, M.E." and "Mork & Mindy".
Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids", "Galaxian" and "Missile Command". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Happy Days" and "Thundarr the Barbarian". Popular toys include the likes of "Easy-Bake Oven", "Lego Technic", "Rubik's Cube" 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 20th, 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.
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 and information about this date:
39 years, 6 months and 15 days have passed since May 20th, 1981.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 21 of 1981.
Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on May 20th, 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 359161200.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around May 20th, 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.
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 20th, 1981.
14,443 days have passed since this date.
1,247,878,800 seconds have passed since the May 20th, 1981.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,455,858,600 times.
Since May 20th, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 643,905,460,800 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 207,979,800 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 107,317,577 steps. That's about 47,697 miles!
Since this date, 14,974,546 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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