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June 26th, 1981.

June 26th, 1981, was a Friday. It was day 177 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

39 years, 10 months and 13 days have passed since June 26th, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On this day.

What happened on June 26th, 1981?

  • The film Stripes (1981), starring Bill Murray, is released in movie theaters.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on June 26th, 1981.

  • United States: Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  • United Kingdom: One Day In Your Life - Michael Jackson

Take me back to June 26th, 1981!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is June 26th, 1981 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. 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, One Day In Your Life by Michael Jackson 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.

The movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is currently showing in theaters. The movie "Superman II" is currently showing in theaters. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "M*A*S*H", "The Love Boat", "Dallas" and "Trapper John, M.D.".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids", "Galaxian" and "Pac-Man". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Happy Days", "Mork & Mindy" and "Thundarr the Barbarian". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Atari 2600, Simon (memory game), Big wheel (tricycle) 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 June 26th, 1981.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lech Walesa.

    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.

  • The AIDS epidemic begins.

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

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 39 years, 10 months and 13 days have passed since June 26th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 26 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on June 26th, 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 362358000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around June 26th, 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 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.
  • June 22nd, 1981: Mark Chapman pleads guilty to the 1980 murder of Beatles singer John Lennon.
  • This date: June 26th, 1981
  • 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.
  • July 7th, 1981: The single "Tainted Love" is released by Soft Cell.
  • July 10th, 1981: The Fox and the Hound (1981) is released.
  • July 10th, 1981: The film Escape from New York (1981) is released.
  • July 10th, 1981: Ken McElroy is murdered in Skidmore, Missouri.
  • July 17th, 1981: The movie Arthur (1981) is released in cinemas.
  • July 17th, 1981: Soft Cell release their version of the song "Tainted Love".
  • July 17th, 1981: 114 people are killed after two walkways collapse during a tea dance at the Hyatt Regency Kansas City hotel.
  • July 18th, 1981: Over 100 people are injured after a hunger strike demonstration turns violent in Dublin, Ireland.

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 26th, 1981, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually .
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: June 26th, 1981 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on June 26th, 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.

1981 playlist.

A Spotify playlist of songs from 1981. Let us take you back to the peak days of Kim Wilde, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins and The Police.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 26th of June.

  • June 26th, 1970: Nick Offerman (Actor) turned 11 on this day in 1981.
  • June 26th, 1984: Aubrey Plaza (Actress) was born exactly 3 years after this date.
  • June 26th, 1987: Samir Nasri (French soccer player) was born exactly 6 years after this date.
  • June 26th, 1993: Ariana Grande (Singer) was born exactly 12 years after this date.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on June 26th, 1981.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on June 26th, 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 26th, 1981.

  • A total of 14,562 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,080 weeks have passed.
  • 1,258,156,800 seconds have passed since the June 26th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,467,849,600 times.
  • Since June 26th, 1981, the earth has travelled approximately 649,208,908,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 209,692,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 108,201,485 steps. That's about 48,090 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,097,882 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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