August 1st, 1981

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

39 years, 1 months and 17 days have passed since August 1st, 1981.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 1st, 1981:

  • The channel MTV is launched.


Music Singles

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

Take Me Back!

The date is August 1st, 1981 and it's a Saturday. 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.

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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Little House on the Prairie", "Three's Company" and "The Incredible Hulk". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Galaxian" and "Missile Command".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Sesame Street", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Mork & Mindy" and "Thundarr the Barbarian". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "VertiBird (toy helicopter)", "Big Jim (action figure)", "Simon (memory game)" and "Speak & Spell".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 1st, 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.

  • 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:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 39 years, 1 months and 17 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.
  • 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 an "rare cancer" that has been found in 41 homosexuals.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • 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 (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).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 1st, 1981 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.

1981 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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"


1981 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been 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
  • Atari 2600
  • Lego Technic
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Magna Doodle
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 1st of August:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

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

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 1st, 1981 was probably conceived around the 22nd of October, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 1st, 1981 is the 11th of May, 1982. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • 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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

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

  • 14,293 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,234,915,200 seconds have passed since the August 1st, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,440,734,400 times.
  • Since August 1st, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 637,216,243,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 205,819,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 106,202,707 steps. That's about 47,201 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,818,982 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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