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December 25th, 1981.

December 25th, 1981, was a Friday. It was day 359 of 1981. The decade was the 1980s.

39 years, 4 months and 12 days have passed since December 25th, 1981.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Fictional event.

December 25th, 1981 relates to a fictional event in a movie, book, game or television series.

  • Rocky IV: Rocky Balboa defeats Russian boxer Ivan Drago.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 25th, 1981.

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

Take me back to December 25th, 1981!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 25th, 1981 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's Christmas Day of 1981, so most people are exchanging presents and spending time at home with their families. 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Laverne & Shirley", "The Love Boat", "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Hart to Hart". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Pac-Man" and "Missile Command". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Sesame Street" and "Happy Days".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, VertiBird (toy helicopter), Intellivision (games console) and Fisher-Price Little People (Farm).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 25th, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 39 years, 4 months and 12 days have passed since December 25th, 1981.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 of 1981.
  • Leap Year: 1981 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 25th, 1981, will be 39 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1981 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 378086400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 25th, 1981.

  • 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.
  • December 1st, 1981: 180 people are killed when Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 1308 crashes on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
  • 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 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 24th, 1981: Mad Max 2 (1981) is released.
  • This date: December 25th, 1981
  • January 6th, 1982: The trial of serial killer Wayne Williams begins in Fulton County, Georgia.
  • January 6th, 1982: William Bonin is convicted of being the Freeway Killer in California.
  • January 7th, 1982: The Commodore 64 8-bit home computer is released.
  • January 12th, 1982: Margaret Thatcher's son Mark Thatcher goes missing in the Sahara desert.
  • January 13th, 1982: Air Florida Flight 90 crashes in Washington, killing 78 people.
  • January 24th, 1982: Super Bowl XVI: The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 25th, 1981, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1981 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 25th, 1981 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on December 25th, 1981.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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

Popular toys and games in 1981.

Toys and games that were 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
  • The Atari 2600
  • Lego Technic
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Magna Doodle
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 25th of December.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 25th of December.

  • Christmas Day

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 25th, 1981.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 25th, 1981.

Irish Taoiseach.

Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 25th, 1981 was most likely conceived around the 17th of March, 1981.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 25th, 1981 is close to the 4th of October, 1982.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 25th, 1981.

  • A total of 14,378 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,054 weeks have passed.
  • 1,242,255,600 seconds have passed since the December 25th, 1981.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,449,298,200 times.
  • Since December 25th, 1981, the earth has travelled approximately 641,003,889,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 207,042,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 106,833,982 steps. That's about 47,482 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,907,067 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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