October 8th, 1981

October 8th, 1981, fell on a Thursday. It was day 281 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

38 years, 9 months and 4 days have passed since October 8th, 1981.


On This Date

Events that occurred on October 8th, 1981:

  • The first episode of Cagney & Lacey is aired.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 8th, 1981:

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

Take Me Back!

The date is October 8th, 1981 and it's a Thursday. The summer is long gone and temperatures have started to become much cooler. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear.

In America, the song Endless Love by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Prince Charming by Adam & Ants 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 "Quincy, M.E.", "The Incredible Hulk", "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" and "The Smurfs". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Galaxian", "Pac-Man" and "Donkey Kong".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Cockleshell Bay" and "Thundarr the Barbarian". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Lite-Brite", "Atari 2600", "Water Ring Toss" and "Intellivision (games console)".


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 October 8th, 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:

  • 38 years, 9 months and 4 days have passed since October 8th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 41 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 8th, 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 371343600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around October 8th, 1981:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 8th, 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).
  • Native American Zodiac: October 8th, 1981 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • The Smurfs - Animated fantasy-comedy television series.
  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends - Animated television series that ran in the early 1980s.
  • Only Fools and Horses - British television comedy.
  • 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.

1981 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1981.

"Danger Mouse" - "The Smurfs" - "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:

  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • 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 8th of October:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on October 8th, 1981.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on October 8th, 1981 was probably conceived around the 29th of December, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 8th, 1981 is the 18th of July, 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.

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about October 8th, 1981.

  • 14,157 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,223,164,800 seconds have passed since the October 8th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,427,025,600 times.
  • Since October 8th, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 631,153,036,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 203,860,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 105,192,173 steps. That's about 46,752 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,677,978 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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