August 31st, 1981, fell on a Monday. It was day 243 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.
39 years, 3 months and 2 days have passed since August 31st, 1981.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1981:
The date is August 31st, 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, Tainted Love by Soft Cell is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Laverne & Shirley", "Three's Company", "Dallas" and "The Dukes of Hazzard".
Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids" and "Missile Command". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mork & Mindy", "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Thundarr the Barbarian". Popular toys include the likes of "Magna Doodle", "Atari 2600", "Speak & Spell" and "Intellivision (games console)".
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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.
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.
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 architect of the Gdansk Agreement, Lech Walesa, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1981.
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.
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes would go on to win a Grammy for 1981's Song of the Year.
"Chariots of Fire" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1981.
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.
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