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September 29, 1981

September 29, 1981, was a Tuesday. It was 42 years, 8 months, and 25 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On This Day

Events

Notable events that occurred on September 29, 1981:

  • Legendary football manager Bill Shankly passes away after a heart attack.
Song charts

Popular songs

On September 29, 1981, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

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

The music charts on September 29, 1981

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • 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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Mommie Dearest

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Mommie Dearest".

Facts

This date occurred 15,609 days ago. Approximately 520 months have passed. It was the 272nd day of 1981, in week 40. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on September 29, 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 29, 1981

Let's go back to the eighties.

The date is September 29, 1981, and it's a Tuesday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Libra. 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 Mommie Dearest 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 "Three's Company", "The Dukes of Hazzard", "Hart to Hart", and "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends". 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 William Holden, Natalie Wood, John Belushi, and Ayn Rand would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", and "Galaxian".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Sesame Street", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", and "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon". Children are playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Magna Doodle, Lego Technic, and Intellivision (games console).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on September 29, 1981.

  • Only Fools and Horses.

    Only Fools and Horses

    The first episode of the British comedy sitcom "Only Fools and Horses" was aired on BBC One in September 1981.
  • 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 29, 1981.

  • 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.
  • September 28, 1981:
    • Olivia Newton-John releases her single "Physical".
    • The first episode of the animated TV series "Danger Mouse" airs on ITV.
  • This date: September 29, 1981
  • 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.
  • October 26, 1981: Queen release their "Greatest Hits" album.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 29, 1981, will have the star sign Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 29, 1981 falls under the Raven.
  • 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

In September 1981, TV audiences were watching the following 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

If you were a kid on September 29, 1981, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse
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
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 29, 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 29, 1987, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on September 29.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

Singer Deceased
Born on September 29, 1935
He turned 46 on this day in 1981.

Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

Former Italian Prime Minister Deceased
Born on September 29, 1936
He turned 45 on this day in 1981.

Fred West

Fred West

English serial killer Deceased
Born on September 29, 1941
He turned 40 on this day in 1981.

Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker

German soccer player
Born on September 29, 1984
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

NBA player
Born on September 29, 1988
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Halsey

Halsey

Singer
Born on September 29, 1994
She was born exactly 13 years after this date.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on September 29, 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 29, 1981 was most likely conceived around January 6, 1981.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 29, 1981 is close to June 22, 1982.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about September 29, 1981:

  • 15,609 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,229 weeks have passed.
  • 1,348,617,600 seconds have passed since September 29, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,573,387,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 695,886,681,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 224,769,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 115,981,114 steps. That's roughly 51,547 miles.
  • 16,183,411 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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