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September 21, 1981

September 21, 1981, was a Monday. It was 42 years, 6 months, and 24 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

Birthdays

Born on September 21, 1981

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981:

  • United States: "Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  • United Kingdom: "Prince Charming" by Adam & Ants

The Billboard Hot 100 on September 21, 1981

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  • Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton
  • Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
  • Urgent - Foreigner
  • (There's) No Gettin' Over Me - Ronnie Milsap
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Continental Divide

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Continental Divide".

Facts

This date occurred 15,547 days ago. Approximately 518 months have passed. It was the 264th day of 1981, in week 39. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on September 21, 1981, are now 42 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 173 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to September 21, 1981

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is September 21, 1981, and it's a Monday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Virgo. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

Schools and colleges are starting again, and fall has officially arrived. As a result, temperatures are beginning to cool, and trees are starting to shed their leaves. The earthy smells of autumn have started to fill the air. In America, the song "Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie is at the top of the singles charts, while "Prince Charming" by Adam & Ants is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Continental Divide is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Happy Days", "Little House on the Prairie", "Taxi", and "Only Fools and Horses".

In fashion, women are 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 1970s 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 still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Space Invaders", "Asteroids", "Missile Command", and "Donkey Kong". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Diff'rent Strokes", and "Cockleshell Bay". Children are playing with toys such as Dungeons & Dragons, the Big Wheel (tricycle), Strawberry Shortcake dolls, and Fischer Price cassette player.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on September 21, 1981.

  • Only Fools and Horses.

    Only Fools and Horses

    In September of 1981, the first episode of the British comedy sitcom "Only Fools and Horses" was aired on BBC One.
  • The AIDS epidemic begins.

    The AIDS epidemic begins

    The AIDS epidemic officially began in the middle of 1981, after the CDC reported that an unusual type of pneumonia had been discovered in five homosexual men in Los Angeles.
  • 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

    The Rubik's Cube became a craze in 1981 and 1982. 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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    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 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 1980s 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. The colors during the early 1980s were subdued, quiet, and basic. Varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were in fashion.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600

    The Atari 2600 was the dominant video game system.
  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman

    In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more common.
  • Wallpaper.

    Wallpaper

    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around September 21, 1981.

  • August 22, 1981: 110 people die after Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 103 disintegrates over Taiwan.
  • August 24, 1981: Mark Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of Beatles singer John Lennon.
  • September 6, 1981: Linebacker Lawrence Taylor makes his NFL debut for the New York Giants.
  • September 8, 1981: The first episode of British sitcom "Only Fools and Horses" is aired.
  • September 12, 1981: The first episode of "The Smurfs" airs on NBC.
  • September 15, 1981: Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female justice of the US Supreme Court.
  • September 16, 1981: The first episode of the stop motion TV series "Postman Pat" airs on BBC One.
  • September 17, 1981: Das Boot (1981) is released.
  • September 20, 1981: Golf: The United States wins the 1981 Ryder Cup at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.
  • This date: September 21, 1981
  • September 28, 1981:
    • Olivia Newton-John releases her single "Physical".
    • The first episode of the animated TV series "Danger Mouse" airs on ITV.
  • September 29, 1981: Legendary football manager Bill Shankly passes away after a heart attack.
  • October 6, 1981: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated by fundamentalist army officers.
  • October 8, 1981: The first episode of Cagney & Lacey is aired.
  • October 9, 1981: Capital punishment is officially abolished in France.
  • October 14, 1981: Hosni Mubarak becomes the fourth president of Egypt.
  • October 15, 1981: The Evil Dead (1981) is released.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 21, 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 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 21, 1981 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in September 1981

People in September 1981 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from September 1981.

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
Dynasty
Dynasty
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Knots Landing
Knots Landing
Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunker's Place
Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in September 1981

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Postman Pat
Postman Pat
The Smurfs
The Smurfs
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!
Toys

Toys in 1981

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
Intellivision (games console)
Intellivision (games console)
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell
Simon (memory game)
Simon (memory game)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in September 1981.

Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man 1980
Pac-Man
Galaxian 1980
Galaxian
Asteroids 1979
Asteroids
Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Breakout 1976
Breakout

Were you born on September 21, 1981?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out September 21, 1987, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on September 21.

Stephen King

Stephen King

Author
Born on September 21, 1947
He turned 34 on this day in 1981.

Bill Murray

Bill Murray

Actor
Born on September 21, 1950
He turned 31 on this day in 1981.

Billy Porter

Billy Porter

Actor
Born on September 21, 1969
He turned 12 on this day in 1981.

Alfonso Ribeiro

Alfonso Ribeiro

Actor
Born on September 21, 1971
He turned 10 on this day in 1981.

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Singer
Born on September 21, 1972
He turned 9 on this day in 1981.

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo

Singer
Born on September 21, 1989
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Allison Scagliotti

Allison Scagliotti

Actress
Born on September 21, 1990
She was born exactly 9 years after this date.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on September 21, 1981.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on September 21, 1981 was most likely conceived around December 29, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 21, 1981 is close to June 14, 1982.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about September 21, 1981:

  • 15,547 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,221 weeks have passed.
  • 1,343,260,800 seconds have passed since September 21, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,567,137,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 693,122,572,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 223,876,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 115,520,429 steps. That's roughly 51,342 miles.
  • 16,119,130 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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