June 26, 1981

June 26, 1981, was a Friday. It was 42 years, 11 months, and 29 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On This Day


Notable events that occurred on June 26, 1981:

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

Popular songs

On June 26, 1981, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

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

The music charts on June 26, 1981

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Medley - Stars On 45
  • Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  • Sukiyaki - A Taste Of Honey
  • A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
  • All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
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Superman II

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Superman II".


This date was 15,705 days ago. Approximately 524 months have passed. It was the 177th day of 1981, in week 26. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 42 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 175 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to June 26, 1981

Let's go back to the eighties.

It is Friday, June 26, 1981. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Cancer. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

The summer of 1981 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes is at the top of the singles charts, while "One Day In Your Life" by Michael Jackson is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Superman II is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are 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 1970s 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Terry Fox, Adam Walsh, Bill Shankly, and William Holden would all still be alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Jeffersons", "Eight Is Enough", "Taxi", and "The Dukes of Hazzard". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", and "Asteroids". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Sesame Street", "The All New Popeye Hour", "Battle of the Planets", and "Diff'rent Strokes".

Popular toys at the moment include the Easy-Bake Oven, Speak & Spell, the Big Wheel (tricycle), and Rubik's Cube.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on June 26, 1981.

  • A man fires blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.

    A man fires blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II

    On June 13th, 1981, a British man called Marcus Sarjeant fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II as she passed him on horseback. The incident took place during the Trooping the Colour ceremony.
  • The AIDS epidemic begins.

    The AIDS epidemic begins

    The AIDS epidemic officially began in the middle of 1981, after the CDC reported that an unusual type of pneumonia had been discovered in five homosexual men in Los Angeles.
  • "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

    The Rubik's Cube became a craze in 1981 and 1982. 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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    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 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 1980s 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. The colors during the early 1980s were subdued, quiet, and basic. Varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were in fashion.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600

    The Atari 2600 was the dominant video game system.
  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman

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


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

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to June 26, 1981.

  • May 27, 1981: Football: Liverpool win the European Cup after defeating Real Madrid 1-0.
  • May 30, 1981: Bangladeshi president Ziaur Rahman is assassinated by a group of army officers in Chittagong.
  • June 4, 1981: The final episode of The Waltons is aired on television.
  • June 5, 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 7, 1981: Israel carries out an airstrike on an Iraqi nuclear reactor.
  • June 9, 1981: Soccer: Ron Atkinson becomes the new manager of Manchester United.
  • June 10, 1981: IRA member Joe Doherty and seven other prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • June 12, 1981: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is released in theaters.
  • June 13, 1981: A 17-year-old man is arrested after he fires six blank cartridges at Queen Elizabeth in London.
  • June 18, 1981: US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart announces that he will be retiring in July.
  • June 19, 1981: The Cannonball Run (1981) is released.
  • June 21, 1981: Serial killer Wayne Williams is arrested in Atlanta.
  • June 22, 1981: Mark Chapman pleads guilty to the 1980 murder of Beatles singer John Lennon.
  • This date: June 26, 1981
  • June 28, 1981:
    • 74 leading members of the Islamic Republican Party are killed after a bomb explodes during an IRP meeting in the Iranian capital of Tehran.
    • Canadian athlete Terry Fox dies from cancer at the age of 22.
  • July 3, 1981: AIDS epidemic: The New York Times publishes a story about a "rare cancer" that has been found in 41 homosexuals.
  • July 5, 1981: Rioting and looting takes place on the streets of Toxteth, Liverpool.
  • July 10, 1981:
    • The Fox and the Hound (1981) is released.
    • The film Escape from New York (1981) is released.
    • Ken McElroy is murdered in Skidmore, Missouri.
  • July 17, 1981:
    • The movie Arthur (1981) is released in cinemas.
    • Soft Cell release their version of the song "Tainted Love".
    • 114 people are killed after two walkways collapse during a tea dance at the Hyatt Regency Kansas City hotel.
  • July 18, 1981: Over 100 people are injured after a hunger strike demonstration turns violent in Dublin, Ireland.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on June 26, 1981, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • 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 26, 1981 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of June will have the birthstones Pearl and Alexandrite.
  • Birth flower (June): The Rose and the Honeysuckle.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1981

In June 1981, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from June 1981.

The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Knots Landing
Knots Landing
Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunker's Place
Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati

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.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on June 26, 1981

If you were a kid on June 26, 1981, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

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

Popular toys and games in 1981

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
Intellivision (games console)
Intellivision (games console)
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell
Simon (memory game)
Simon (memory game)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in June 1981.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man 1980
Galaxian 1980
Asteroids 1979
Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Breakout 1976

Were you born on June 26, 1981?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out June 26, 1987, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on June 26.

Paul Castellano

Paul Castellano

Mob boss Deceased
Born on June 26, 1915
He turned 66 on this day in 1981.

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

Born on June 26, 1970
He turned 11 on this day in 1981.

Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza

Born on June 26, 1984
She was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri

French soccer player
Born on June 26, 1987
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy

Born on June 26, 1992
She was born exactly 11 years after this date.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Born on June 26, 1993
She was born exactly 12 years after this date.


US President

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


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on June 26, 1981 was most likely conceived around October 3, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on June 26, 1981 is close to March 19, 1982.

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Stats for June 26, 1981


Here are some interesting statistics about June 26, 1981:

  • 15,705 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,243 weeks have passed.
  • 1,356,912,000 seconds have passed since June 26, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,583,064,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 700,166,592,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 226,152,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 116,694,432 steps. That's roughly 51,864 miles.
  • 16,282,944 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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