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December 1st, 1981.

December 1st, 1981, was a Tuesday. It was day 335 of 1981. The decade was the Eighties.

40 years, 8 months and 13 days have passed since December 1st, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on December 1st, 1981?

  • 180 people are killed when Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 1308 crashes on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 1st, 1981.

  • United States: Physical - Olivia Newton-John
  • United Kingdom: Begin The Beguine - Julio Iglesias

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 1st, 1981.

These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Physical - Olivia Newton-John
  • Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
  • Private Eyes - Daryl Hall John Oates
  • Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
  • Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) - Air Supply
Play the top singles from the year 1981.
A Spotify playlist of songs from 1981. Let us take you back to the peak days of Kim Wilde, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins and The Police.
Time Bandits

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Time Bandits" was at the top of the Box Office on December 1st, 1981.

Take me back to December 1st, 1981!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 1st, 1981, and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1981 has began.

In America, the song Physical by Olivia Newton-John is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Begin The Beguine by Julio Iglesias is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Time Bandits is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. 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.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as John Belushi and Ayn Rand would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Happy Days", "Little House on the Prairie", "Archie Bunker's Place" and "Magnum, P.I.". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander" and "Donkey Kong".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The All New Popeye Hour", "Diff'rent Strokes", "Thundarr the Barbarian" and "Danger Mouse". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Magna Doodle, Rubik's Cube, Fischer Price cassette player and Space Lego.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on December 1st, 1981.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Who were the best football players in 1981?

    Who were the best football players in 1981?

    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 as the 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 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.

  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600.

    During this period, the Atari 2600 was the dominant game system.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

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

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 40 years, 8 months and 13 days have passed since December 1st, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 49 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on December 1st, 1981 will be 40 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1981 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 376012800.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around December 1st, 1981.

  • November 5th, 1981: It is announced that Diana, Princess of Wales, is pregnant.
  • November 12th, 1981: American actor William Holden dies following a fall at his apartment in Santa Monica, California.
  • November 16th, 1981: Millions of people tune in to watch Luke and Laura marry on the American soap opera General Hospital.
  • November 27th, 1981: The single "Don't You Want Me" is released by The Human League.
  • November 29th, 1981: Actress Natalie Woods drowns during a boat trip to Santa Catalina Island off California.
  • This date: December 1st, 1981
  • December 3rd, 1981: Boxing legend "Smokin' Joe" Frazier has his last ever fight.
  • December 4th, 1981: The movie On Golden Pond (1981) is released.
  • December 4th, 1981: The first episode of the soap drama "Falcon Crest" is aired on television.
  • December 10th, 1981: The BBC reports that an unknown "mystery disease" is killing homosexuals.
  • December 11th, 1981: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has his last ever fight against Trevor Berbick.
  • December 12th, 1981: The first case of AIDS is reported in the United Kingdom.
  • December 13th, 1981: Martial law is declared in Poland in response to the Solidarity movement.
  • December 15th, 1981: The Soviet Union states that it is willing to send troops into Poland to help quash the Solidarity movement.
  • December 16th, 1981: Polish troops attempt to quash resistance against martial law by arresting leaders of the Solidarity movement.
  • December 19th, 1981: Penlee lifeboat disaster: 16 people die after the Solomon Browne lifeboat attempts to rescue a vessel in heavy seas.
  • December 24th, 1981: Mad Max 2 (1981) is released.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 1st, 1981, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 1st, 1981 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on December 1st, 1981.

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Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in December, 1981.

TV shows from December, 1981.

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Animated television series that ran in the early 1980s.

Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.

The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Comedy-drama superhero series starring William Katt as Ralph Hinkley.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunker's Place
Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.

Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Medical drama.

Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.

The Facts of Life
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
The Dukes of Hazzard
American television series.

WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati
Sitcom about staff members who work at a radio station in Cincinnati.

Taxi
Taxi
American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Starring Lou Ferrigno.

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.

Chips
Chips
TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.

Three's Company
Three's Company
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.

Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.

Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.

Barney Miller
Barney Miller
Sitcom about a police station in New York City. Starring Hal Linden as Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller.

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.

Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
TV show that was set in the 1870s.

Happy Days
Happy Days
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.

The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

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

Kids' TV shows on December 1st, 1981.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1981.

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

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!

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1981.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1981.

Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)

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

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Intellivision (games console)
Intellivision (games console)

Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Simon (memory game)
Simon (memory game)

Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

The Atari 2600
The Atari 2600

Star Wars action figures
Star Wars action figures

Lego Technic
Lego Technic

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Operation
Operation

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in December of 1981.

Donkey Kong 1981
Donkey Kong
Arcade game released by Nintendo.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Arcade game developed by Atari.

Pac-Man 1980
Pac-Man
Maze arcade game.

Galaxian 1980
Galaxian
Fixed shooter arcade game.

Asteroids 1979
Asteroids
Space-themed shooter arcade game.

Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
In which the player controls a lunar landing module.

Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Shooter arcade game.

Breakout 1976
Breakout
Arcade game published by Atari.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out December 1st, 1987 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 1st.

Woody Allen

Actor.
Born on December 1st, 1935
He turned 46 on this day in 1981.

Richard Pryor

Comedian. Deceased
Born on December 1st, 1940
He turned 41 on this day in 1981.

Bette Midler

Singer.
Born on December 1st, 1945
She turned 36 on this day in 1981.

Pablo Escobar

Colombian drug lord. Deceased
Born on December 1st, 1949
He turned 32 on this day in 1981.

Sarah Silverman

Comedian.
Born on December 1st, 1970
She turned 11 on this day in 1981.

Philip DeFranco

Youtuber.
Born on December 1st, 1985
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 1st, 1981.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 1st, 1981.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 1st, 1981 was most likely conceived around March 10th, 1981.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 1st, 1981 is close to August 24th, 1982.

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Stats for December 1st, 1981

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 1st, 1981.

  • A total of 14,867 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,123 weeks have passed.
  • 1,284,505,200 seconds have passed since the December 1st, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,498,589,400 times.
  • Since December 1st, 1981, the Earth has travelled approximately 662,804,683,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 214,084,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 110,467,447 steps. That's about 49,097 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,414,062 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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