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August 1st, 1981.

August 1st, 1981, was a Saturday. It was day 213 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

39 years, 11 months and 23 days have passed since August 1st, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On this day.

What happened on August 1st, 1981?

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

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
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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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Quincy, M.E.", "The Love Boat", "The Incredible Hulk" and "Magnum, P.I.". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Galaxian" and "Pac-Man".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Sesame Street", "Mork & Mindy" and "Diff'rent Strokes". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, Star Wars action figures, Water Ring Toss and Rubik's Cube.

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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lech Walesa.

    Lech Walesa.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 39 years, 11 months and 23 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: Anyone born on August 1st, 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 365468400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred 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.
  • This date: August 1st, 1981
  • August 12th, 1981: The operating system "MS DOS" is released.
  • August 16th, 1981: Thin Lizzy headline at Slane.
  • August 21st, 1981: An American Werewolf in London (1981) is released in cinemas.
  • August 24th, 1981: Mark Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of Beatles singer John Lennon.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 1st, 1981, will have the star sign Leo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Cancer.
  • 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.

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.

  • The Greatest American Hero - Comedy-drama superhero series starring William Katt as Ralph Hinkley.
  • 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.
  • Three's Company - Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
  • Eight Is Enough - Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.
  • Quincy, M.E. - TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.
  • Laverne & Shirley - Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
  • The Jeffersons - TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.
  • Little House on the Prairie - TV show that was set in the 1870s.
  • Happy Days - TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Kid's TV shows on August 1st, 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)
  • Strawberry Shortcake dolls
  • 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
  • Star Wars action figures
  • 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.

  • Donkey Kong - Arcade game released by Nintendo.
  • 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.

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 August 1st, 1987 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

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

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.

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.

US President.

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

UK Prime Minister.

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

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 1st, 1981 was most likely conceived around the 22nd of October, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 1st, 1981 is close to the 11th of May, 1982.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 14,602 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,086 weeks have passed.
  • 1,261,612,800 seconds have passed since the August 1st, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,471,881,600 times.
  • Since August 1st, 1981, the earth has travelled approximately 650,992,204,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 210,268,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 108,498,701 steps. That's about 48,222 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,139,354 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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