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June 5th, 1981.

June 5th, 1981, was a Friday. It was day 156 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

40 years, 6 months and 2 days have passed since June 5th, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On this day.

What happened on 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.

Born on June 5th, 1981.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on June 5th, 1981.

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on June 5th, 1981.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  • Being With You - Smokey Robinson
  • Medley - Stars On 45
  • Sukiyaki - A Taste Of Honey
  • Take It On The Run - REO Speedwagon
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The Four Seasons

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Four Seasons" was at the top of the box office on June 5th, 1981.

Take me back to June 5th, 1981!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is June 5th, 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.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer 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 the movie The Four Seasons is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Bill Shankly, William Holden, Natalie Wood and John Belushi would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Quincy, M.E.", "Taxi" and "The Facts of Life".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Asteroids", "Pac-Man" and "Missile Command". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Schoolhouse Rock!", "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon" and "Cockleshell Bay". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, VertiBird (toy helicopter), Lego Technic and Water Ring Toss.

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 June 5th, 1981.

  • The AIDS epidemic begins.

    The AIDS epidemic begins.

    In the middle of 1981, the AIDS epidemic officially began after the CDC reported that an unusual type of pneumonia had been discovered in five homosexual men in LA.

  • "The Waltons" comes to an end.

    "The Waltons" comes to an end.

    On June 4th, 1981, the final episode of the TV show "The Waltons" was aired on CBS.

  • 1981 in music.

    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 Rubik's Cube.

    The Rubik's Cube.

    During 1981 and 1982, the Rubik's Cube became a craze. The toy was so popular that books on how to solve it regularly made it into the top ten selling books list.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 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.

  • 1981 in movies.

    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.

  • Who were the best football players 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.

  • Chariots of Fire.

    Chariots of Fire.

    "Chariots of Fire" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1981.

  • Lech Walesa.

    Lech Walesa.

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

  • Kim Carnes - "Bette Davis Eyes"

    Kim Carnes - "Bette Davis Eyes"

    "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes won a Grammy for 1981's Song of the Year.

  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War.

    Between 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 Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600.

    During this period, the Atari 2600 was the dominant game system.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

    In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more and more common.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 40 years, 6 months and 2 days have passed since June 5th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 23 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on June 5th, 1981, will be 40 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1981 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 360543600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around June 5th, 1981.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This date: June 5th, 1981
  • 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 10th, 1981: IRA member Joe Doherty and seven other prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • June 13th, 1981: A 17-year-old man is arrested after he fires six blank cartridges at Queen Elizabeth in London.
  • June 18th, 1981: US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart announces that he will be retiring in July.
  • June 19th, 1981: The Cannonball Run (1981) is released.
  • June 21st, 1981: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is released in theaters.
  • June 21st, 1981: Serial killer Wayne Williams is arrested in Atlanta.
  • June 22nd, 1981: Mark Chapman pleads guilty to the 1980 murder of Beatles singer John Lennon.
  • June 26th, 1981: The film Stripes (1981), starring Bill Murray, is released in movie theaters.
  • July 3rd, 1981: AIDS epidemic: The New York Times publishes a story about a "rare cancer" that has been found in 41 homosexuals.
  • July 5th, 1981: Rioting and looting takes place on the streets of Toxteth, Liverpool.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on June 5th, 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: June 5th, 1981 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of June will have the birthstones Pearl and Alexandrite.
  • Birth flower (June): The Rose and the Honeysuckle.

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.

TV shows from June, 1981.

The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Comedy-drama superhero series starring William Katt as Ralph Hinkley.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunker's Place
Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.

Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Medical drama.

Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.

The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
Sitcom about a girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. Starring Charlotte Rae as housemother Edna Garrett.

The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
American television series.

WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati
Sitcom about staff members who work at a radio station in Cincinnati.

Taxi
Taxi
American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Starring Lou Ferrigno.

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.

Chips
Chips
TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.

Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough
Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.

Three's Company
Three's Company
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.

Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.

Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.

Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.

Barney Miller
Barney Miller
Sitcom about a police station in New York City. Starring Hal Linden as Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller.

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.

Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
TV show that was set in the 1870s.

Happy Days
Happy Days
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.

The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

Cars in 1981.

1981 saw the introduction of cars such as the Chevrolet Cavalier, the DMC DeLorean, the Honda City, the Nissan Maxima, the BMW 5 Series (E28) and the Chevrolet Camaro (third generation).

Cars in 1981.

Kids' TV shows on June 5th, 1981.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1981.

Thundarr the Barbarian
Thundarr the Barbarian

Cockleshell Bay
Cockleshell Bay

The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon

Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes

Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy

Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets

The All New Popeye Hour
The All New Popeye Hour

Happy Days
Happy Days

Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Popular toys and games in 1981.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1981.

Space Lego
Space Lego

Fischer Price cassette player
Fischer Price cassette player

Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Monchhichi / Chicaboo

Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube

Strawberry Shortcake dolls
Strawberry Shortcake dolls

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Intellivision (games console)
Intellivision (games console)

Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Simon (memory game)
Simon (memory game)

Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

The Atari 2600
The Atari 2600

Star Wars action figures
Star Wars action figures

Lego Technic
Lego Technic

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Operation
Operation

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Arcade game developed by Atari.

Pac-Man 1980
Pac-Man
Maze arcade game.

Galaxian 1980
Galaxian
Fixed shooter arcade game.

Asteroids 1979
Asteroids
Space-themed shooter arcade game.

Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
In which the player controls a lunar landing module.

Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Shooter arcade game.

Breakout 1976
Breakout
Arcade game published by Atari.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1981.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out June 5th, 1987 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on June 5th.

Ron Livingston

Actor.
Born on June 5th, 1967
He turned 14 on this day in 1981.

Mark Wahlberg

Actor.
Born on June 5th, 1971
He turned 10 on this day in 1981.

Ninja

Gamer.
Born on June 5th, 1991
He was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 5th of June.

  • Constitution Day (Denmark)

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on June 5th, 1981.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on June 5th, 1981.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about June 5th, 1981.

  • A total of 14,795 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,113 weeks have passed.
  • 1,278,291,600 seconds have passed since the June 5th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,491,340,200 times.
  • Since June 5th, 1981, the earth has travelled approximately 659,598,465,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 213,048,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 109,933,078 steps. That's about 48,859 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,339,499 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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