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July 5, 1981

July 5, 1981, was a Sunday. It was 42 years, 5 months, and 5 days ago. The zodiac sign for this date is Cancer.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on July 5, 1981?

  • Rioting and looting takes place on the streets of Toxteth, Liverpool.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on July 5, 1981:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 5, 1981

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  • All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
  • The One That You Love - Air Supply
  • Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
  • You Make My Dreams - Daryl Hall John Oates
Play the top singles from 1981
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.
Superman II

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Superman II" was at the top of the box office on July 5, 1981.

Facts

This date occurred 15,498 days ago. Approximately 517 months have passed. It was the 186th day of 1981, in week 27. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on July 5, 1981, are now 42 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 172 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to July 5, 1981

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is July 5, 1981, and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.

The 4th of July celebrations in America have come and passed. 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. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Happy Days", "Barney Miller", "The Incredible Hulk", and "The Greatest American Hero".

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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Adam Walsh, Bill Shankly, William Holden, and Natalie Wood would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Breakout", "Lunar Lander", "Galaxian", and "Pac-Man". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Schoolhouse Rock!", "Battle of the Planets", and "Thundarr the Barbarian". Children are playing with toys such as Star Wars action figures, the Atari 2600, Cabbage Patch Kids, and the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 5, 1981.

  • 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.
  • 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

    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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on July 5, 1981.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around July 5, 1981.

  • 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.
  • June 26, 1981: The film Stripes (1981), starring Bill Murray, is released in movie theaters.
  • 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.
  • This date: July 5, 1981
  • 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.
  • July 27, 1981: The infamous murder of 6-year-old Adam Walsh occurs in Hollywood, Florida.
  • July 29, 1981: Prince Charles and Lady Diana are married in London, England.
  • July 30, 1981: Thousands of people take part in several hunger demonstrations across Poland.
  • August 1, 1981:
    • The music channel MTV is launched.
    • Diana Ross and Lionel Richie release the song "Endless Love".
  • August 3, 1981: 13,000 air traffic controllers go on strike in the United States.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 5, 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 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 5, 1981 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in July 1981

Television shows that people were watching in July 1981:

TV shows from July 1981.

The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
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
Taxi
Taxi
Dallas
Dallas
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Chips
Chips
Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough
Three's Company
Three's Company
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Barney Miller
Barney Miller
The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
Happy Days
Happy Days
Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
Columbo
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.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in July 1981

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Thundarr the Barbarian
Thundarr the Barbarian
Cockleshell Bay
Cockleshell Bay
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon

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
Toys

Toys in 1981

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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)
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

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in July 1981.

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

Were you born on July 5, 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 July 5, 1987, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Don Stark

Don Stark

Actor
Born on July 5, 1954
He turned 27 on this day in 1981.

Dorien Wilson

Dorien Wilson

Actor
Born on July 5, 1963
He turned 18 on this day in 1981.

Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Actress
Born on July 5, 1963
She turned 18 on this day in 1981.

RZA

RZA

Wu-Tang Clan member
Born on July 5, 1969
He turned 12 on this day in 1981.

Shane Filan

Shane Filan

Westlife
Born on July 5, 1979
He turned 2 on this day in 1981.

Pauly D

Pauly D

Television personality
Born on July 5, 1980
He turned 1 on this day in 1981.

USA

US President

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

UK

UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 5, 1981 was most likely conceived around October 12, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 5, 1981 is close to March 28, 1982.

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Stats for July 5, 1981

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about July 5, 1981:

  • 15,498 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,214 weeks have passed.
  • 1,339,030,800 seconds have passed since July 5, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,562,202,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 690,939,892,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 223,171,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 115,156,649 steps. That's roughly 51,181 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,068,370 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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