August 16th, 1981

August 16th, 1981, fell on a Sunday. It was day 228 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

38 years, 11 months and 21 days have passed since August 16th, 1981.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 16th, 1981:

  • Thin Lizzy headline at Slane.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 16th, 1981:

  • United States: Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  • United Kingdom: Green Door - Shakin' Stevens

Take Me Back!

The date is August 16th, 1981 and it's a Sunday. People are enjoying their weekend. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song Endless Love by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 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", "Dallas", "Knots Landing" and "Magnum, P.I.". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Galaxian", "Pac-Man" and "Donkey Kong".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mork & Mindy", "Cockleshell Bay" and "Thundarr the Barbarian". Popular toys include the likes of "Big Jim (action figure)", "Dungeons & Dragons", "Hungry Hungry Hippos" and "Simon (memory game)".


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 16th, 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.

  • 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.

  • Lech Walesa.

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

  • Chariots of Fire

    "Chariots of Fire" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.

  • 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 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.
  • 38 years, 11 months and 21 days have passed since August 16th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 16th, 1981, will be 38 years of age.
  • People born in 1981 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 366764400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 16th, 1981:

  • 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 1st, 1981: The channel MTV is launched.
  • 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.
  • September 15th, 1981: Sandra Day O'Connor comes the first female justice of the US Supreme Court.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 16th, 1981, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 16th, 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.
  • Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • 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
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Intellivision (games console)
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • 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 16th of August:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 16th, 1981.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 16th, 1981 was probably conceived around the 6th of November, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 16th, 1981 is the 26th 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 16th, 1981.

  • 14,235 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,229,904,000 seconds have passed since the August 16th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,434,888,000 times.
  • Since August 16th, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 634,630,464,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 204,984,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 105,771,744 steps. That's about 47,010 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,758,848 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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