December 21st, 1981

December 21st, 1981, fell on a Monday. It was day 355 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

38 years, 11 months and 6 days have passed since December 21st, 1981.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 21st, 1981:

  • United States: Physical - Olivia Newton-John
  • United Kingdom: Don't You Want Me - Human League

Take Me Back!

The date is December 21st, 1981 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Christmas Day of 1981 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers.

In America, the song Physical by Olivia Newton-John is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Don't You Want Me by Human League is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Columbo.", "Last of the Summer Wine", "Chips" and "Hart to Hart".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Pac-Man", "Missile Command" and "Donkey Kong". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Happy Days", "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Danger Mouse". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Easy-Bake Oven", "Big Jim (action figure)", "Magna Doodle" and "Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)".


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 December 21st, 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.

  • 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.

  • Lech Walesa.

    The architect of the Gdansk Agreement, Lech Walesa, was named as the Time Person of the Year 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.

  • 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.

  • Chariots of Fire

    "Chariots of Fire" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1981.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 38 years, 11 months and 6 days have passed since December 21st, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 21st, 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 377740800.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 21st, 1981:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 21st, 1981, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Sagittarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 21st, 1981 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

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.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
  • 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
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Intellivision (games console)
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • 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 21st of December:


US President

Who was the US President on December 21st, 1981?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 21st, 1981?

  • Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 21st, 1981 was probably conceived around the 13th of March, 1981. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 21st, 1981 is the 30th of September, 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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 21st, 1981.

  • 14,221 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,228,694,400 seconds have passed since the December 21st, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,433,476,800 times.
  • Since December 21st, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 634,006,310,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 204,782,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 105,667,718 steps. That's about 46,963 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,744,333 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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