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May 22nd, 1981.

May 22nd, 1981, was a Friday. It was day 142 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

39 years, 11 months and 28 days have passed since May 22nd, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On this day.

What happened on May 22nd, 1981?

  • Peter Sutcliffe is found guilty of being the Yorkshire Ripper.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 22nd, 1981.

  • United States: Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  • United Kingdom: Stand And Deliver - Adam & Ants
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Take me back to May 22nd, 1981!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 22nd, 1981 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Gemini. 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 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Laverne & Shirley", "Dallas" and "Mork & Mindy". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander" and "Galaxian". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Diff'rent Strokes", "Cockleshell Bay" and "Thundarr the Barbarian".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Magna Doodle, Simon (memory game), Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine 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 22nd, 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?

    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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1981.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    The architect of the Gdansk Agreement, Lech Walesa, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1981.

  • 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 the 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 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.

  • 39 years, 11 months and 28 days have passed since May 22nd, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 21 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 22nd, 1981, will be 39 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1981 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 359334000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 22nd, 1981.

  • April 27th, 1981: The first PC with a computer mouse is released by Xerox.
  • 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 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.
  • This date: May 22nd, 1981
  • 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.
  • June 4th, 1981: The final episode of The Waltons is aired on television.
  • 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.
  • June 9th, 1981: Soccer: Ron Atkinson becomes the new manager of Manchester United.
  • June 13th, 1981: A 17-year-old man is arrested after he fires six blank cartridges at Queen Elizabeth in London.
  • June 19th, 1981: The Cannonball Run (1981) is released.
  • June 21st, 1981: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is released in cinemas.
  • June 21st, 1981: Serial killer Wayne Williams is arrested in Atlanta.

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 22nd, 1981, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 22nd, 1981 falls under the Deer.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on May 22nd, 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)
  • 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
  • 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.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 22nd of May.

  • May 22nd, 1942: Ted Kaczynski (American terrorist) turned 39 on this day in 1981.
  • May 22nd, 1946: George Best (Soccer player) turned 35 on this day in 1981.
  • May 22nd, 1959: Morrissey (Singer) turned 22 on this day in 1981.
  • May 22nd, 1970: Naomi Campbell (English model) turned 11 on this day in 1981.
  • May 22nd, 1978: Katie Price (English model) turned 3 on this day in 1981.
  • May 22nd, 2001: Emma Chamberlain (Internet personality) was born exactly 20 years after this date.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 22nd, 1981.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 22nd, 1981.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 22nd, 1981 was most likely conceived around the 12th of August, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 22nd, 1981 is close to the 1st of March, 1982.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 22nd, 1981.

  • A total of 14,607 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,086 weeks have passed.
  • 1,262,044,800 seconds have passed since the May 22nd, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,472,385,600 times.
  • Since May 22nd, 1981, the earth has travelled approximately 651,215,116,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 210,340,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 108,535,853 steps. That's about 48,238 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,144,538 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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