October 31st, 1981, was a Saturday. It was day 304 of 1981. The decade was the Eighties.
40 years, 9 months and 16 days have passed since October 31st, 1981.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.
Notable events that occurred on October 31st, 1981.
On October 31st, 1981, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.
The following singles were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "The French Lieutenant's Woman".
These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on October 31st, 1981.
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.
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.
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.
The best NBA players in 1981 were Julius Erving, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Gervin and Dennis Johnson.
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.
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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1981.
The architect of the Gdansk Agreement, Lech Walesa, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1981.
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes won a Grammy for 1981's Song of the Year.
Between September, 1980 and August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
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.
During this period, the Atari 2600 was the dominant game system.
In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more and more common.
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.
Basic facts and information about this date.
News stories and other events that happened around October 31st, 1981.
Zodiac and birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching in October, 1981.
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Animated television series that ran in the early 1980s.
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.
The Greatest American Hero
Comedy-drama superhero series starring William Katt as Ralph Hinkley.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
American soap opera.
Archie Bunker's Place
Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
Trapper John, M.D.
Hart to Hart
TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.
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
American television series.
WKRP in Cincinnati
Sitcom about staff members who work at a radio station in Cincinnati.
American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.
The Incredible Hulk
Starring Lou Ferrigno.
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.
TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
Sitcom about a police station in New York City. Starring Hal Linden as Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller.
TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.
Little House on the Prairie
TV show that was set in the 1870s.
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
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).
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1981.
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
Thundarr the Barbarian
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
Mork & Mindy
Battle of the Planets
The All New Popeye Hour
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The Bugs Bunny Show
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1981.
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fischer Price cassette player
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
Big wheel (tricycle)
Intellivision (games console)
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Simon (memory game)
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Water Ring Toss
The Atari 2600
Star Wars action figures
Dungeons & Dragons
Big Jim (action figure)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
Popular video games that people were playing in October of 1981.
Arcade game released by Nintendo.
Arcade game developed by Atari.
Maze arcade game.
Fixed shooter arcade game.
Space-themed shooter arcade game.
In which the player controls a lunar landing module.
Shooter arcade game.
Arcade game published by Atari.
Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 31st.
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of October.
Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on October 31st, 1981.
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 31st, 1981.
Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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