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August 24th, 1981.

August 24th, 1981, was a Monday. It was day 236 of 1981. The decade was the Eighties.

41 years, 1 months and 6 days have passed since August 24th, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on August 24th, 1981.

  • Mark Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of Beatles singer John Lennon.
Birthdays

Born on August 24th, 1981.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Popular songs.

On August 24th, 1981, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.

  • United States: Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  • United Kingdom: Japanese Boy - Aneka

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 24th, 1981.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  • Theme From "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not) - Joey Scarbury
  • I Don't Need You - Kenny Rogers
  • Slow Hand - The Pointer Sisters
  • Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
Play the top hits 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.
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "Raiders of the Lost Ark".

Take me back to August 24th, 1981!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is August 24th, 1981, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. The summer of 1981 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner.

In America, the song Endless Love by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Japanese Boy by Aneka is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark 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 Two Ronnies", "M*A*S*H", "Taxi" and "Knots Landing". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Galaxian", "Missile Command" and "Donkey Kong".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Schoolhouse Rock!" and "Battle of the Planets". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Operation, Cabbage Patch Kids, Screwball Scramble and Intellivision (games console).

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 24th, 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.

  • 41 years, 1 months and 6 days have passed since August 24th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 35 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on August 24th, 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 367455600.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to August 24th, 1981.

  • 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.
  • August 1st, 1981: The music channel MTV is launched.
  • August 1st, 1981: Diana Ross and Lionel Richie release the song "Endless Love".
  • 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.
  • This date: August 24th, 1981
  • September 6th, 1981: Linebacker Lawrence Taylor makes his NFL debut for the New York Giants.
  • September 8th, 1981: The first episode of British sitcom "Only Fools and Horses" is aired.
  • September 15th, 1981: Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female justice of the US Supreme Court.
  • September 17th, 1981: Das Boot (1981) is released.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 24th, 1981, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 24th, 1981 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 24th, 1981.

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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 24th, 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 24th, 1987 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 24th.

Yasser Arafat

Palestinian leader. Deceased
Born on August 24th, 1929
He turned 52 on this day in 1981.

Vince McMahon

WWE owner.
Born on August 24th, 1945
He turned 36 on this day in 1981.

Pacho

Colombian drug trafficker. Deceased
Born on August 24th, 1951
He turned 30 on this day in 1981.

Reggie Miller

Basketball player.
Born on August 24th, 1965
He turned 16 on this day in 1981.

Gemma O'Doherty

Conspiracy theorist.
Born on August 24th, 1968
She turned 13 on this day in 1981.

Dave Chappelle

Comedian.
Born on August 24th, 1973
He turned 8 on this day in 1981.

Rupert Grint

Actor.
Born on August 24th, 1988
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Elizabeth Debicki

Australian actress.
Born on August 24th, 1990
She was born exactly 9 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 24th, 1981.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 24th, 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 24th, 1981 was most likely conceived around December 1st, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 24th, 1981 is close to May 17th, 1982.

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Stats for August 24th, 1981

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 24th, 1981.

  • A total of 15,012 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,144 weeks have passed.
  • 1,297,036,800 seconds have passed since the August 24th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,513,209,600 times.
  • Since August 24th, 1981, the Earth has travelled approximately 669,270,988,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 216,172,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 111,545,165 steps. That's about 49,576 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,564,442 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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