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August 1st, 1981.

August 1st, 1981, was a Saturday. It was day 213 of 1981. The decade was the Eighties.

41 years and 10 days have passed since August 1st, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on August 1st, 1981?

  • Diana Ross and Lionel Richie release the song "Endless Love".
  • The music channel MTV is launched.
Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 1st, 1981.

  • United States: Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
  • United Kingdom: Green Door - Shakin' Stevens

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 1st, 1981.

These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
  • The One That You Love - Air Supply
  • Theme From "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not) - Joey Scarbury
  • I Don't Need You - Kenny Rogers
  • Elvira - The Oak Ridge Boys
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Tarzan, the Ape Man

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Tarzan, the Ape Man" was at the top of the Box Office on August 1st, 1981.

Take me back to August 1st, 1981!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 1st, 1981, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Green Door by Shakin' Stevens is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Tarzan, the Ape Man 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 "The Love Boat", "Taxi", "The Facts of Life" and "Magnum, P.I.".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Asteroids", "Galaxian" and "Pac-Man". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "Thundarr the Barbarian". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Operation, Lite-Brite, VertiBird (toy helicopter) and Fischer Price cassette player.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on August 1st, 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.

  • 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 41 years and 10 days have passed since August 1st, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 31 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on August 1st, 1981 will be 41 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1981 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 365468400.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around August 1st, 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 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.
  • July 27th, 1981: The infamous murder of 6-year-old Adam Walsh occurs in Hollywood, Florida.
  • July 29th, 1981: Prince Charles and Lady Diana are married in London, England.
  • July 30th, 1981: Thousands of people take part in several hunger demonstrations across Poland.
  • This date: August 1st, 1981
  • August 3rd, 1981: 13,000 air traffic controllers go on strike in the United States.
  • August 7th, 1981: The daily afternoon newspaper "The Washington Star" ceases all operations and files for bankruptcy.
  • August 10th, 1981: The remains of missing 6-year-old boy Adam Walsh are found in a drainage canal in rural Indian River County, Florida.
  • August 12th, 1981: The operating system "MS DOS" is released.
  • August 16th, 1981: Thin Lizzy headline at Slane.
  • August 19th, 1981: Gulf of Sidra incident: Two Libyan fighter jets are shot down by US forces off the Libyan coast.
  • August 21st, 1981: The horror comedy film "An American Werewolf in London" is released in movie theaters.
  • August 22nd, 1981: 110 people die after Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 103 disintegrates over Taiwan.
  • August 24th, 1981: Mark Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of Beatles singer John Lennon.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 1st, 1981, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • 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: August 1st, 1981 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

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Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in August, 1981.

TV shows from August, 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.

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.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on August 1st, 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

Toys

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

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in August of 1981.

Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Arcade game released by Nintendo.

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 you should check out August 1st, 1987 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 1st.

Jerry Garcia

Guitarist. Deceased
Born on August 1st, 1942
He turned 39 on this day in 1981.

Tommy Bolin

American guitarist. Deceased
Born on August 1st, 1951
He was not alive on this date.

Chuck D

Rapper.
Born on August 1st, 1960
He turned 21 on this day in 1981.

Micheál Martin

Irish politician.
Born on August 1st, 1960
He turned 21 on this day in 1981.

Coolio

Rapper.
Born on August 1st, 1963
He turned 18 on this day in 1981.

Jason Momoa

Actor.
Born on August 1st, 1979
He turned 2 on this day in 1981.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

German soccer player.
Born on August 1st, 1984
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Nemanja Matic

Serbian soccer player.
Born on August 1st, 1988
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 1st, 1981.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 1st, 1981.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 1st, 1981 was most likely conceived around November 8th, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 1st, 1981 is close to April 24th, 1982.

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Stats for August 1st, 1981

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 1st, 1981.

  • A total of 14,985 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,140 weeks have passed.
  • 1,294,704,000 seconds have passed since the August 1st, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,510,488,000 times.
  • Since August 1st, 1981, the Earth has travelled approximately 668,067,264,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 215,784,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 111,344,544 steps. That's about 49,486 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,536,448 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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