December 24th, 1981

December 24th, 1981, fell on a Thursday. It was day 358 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

38 years, 6 months and 20 days have passed since December 24th, 1981.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 24th, 1981:

  • Mad Max 2 (1981) is released.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 24th, 1981:

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

Take Me Back!

The date is December 24th, 1981 and it's a Thursday. 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. 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 "M*A*S*H", "Quincy, M.E.", "Taxi" and "Trapper John, M.D.". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Galaxian", "Missile Command" and "Donkey Kong". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Diff'rent Strokes", "Thundarr the Barbarian" and "The Smurfs".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Big Jim (action figure)", "Magna Doodle", "Cabbage Patch Kids" and "Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine".


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 24th, 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 38 years, 6 months and 20 days have passed since December 24th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 24th, 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 378000000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 24th, 1981:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 24th, 1981, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 24th, 1981 falls under the Goose.
  • 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.
  • 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 24th of December:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 24th of December:

  • Christmas Eve

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 24th, 1981.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 24th, 1981 was probably conceived around the 16th of March, 1981. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 24th, 1981 is the 3rd of October, 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 December 24th, 1981.

  • 14,082 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,216,681,200 seconds have passed since the December 24th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,419,461,400 times.
  • Since December 24th, 1981, earth has travelled approximately 627,807,499,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 202,780,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 104,634,583 steps. That's about 46,504 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,600,174 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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