Wednesday August 12, 1981

US date format: 8/12/1981, UK date format: 12/8/1981

We've performed the most in-depth research possibile on August 12, 1981, here's what our experts found out: it was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo (see zodiac on August 12, 1981). The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Djibril Cissé and Steve Talley. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Endless Love by Diana Ross. In UK Green Door by Shakin' Stevens was in the top 5 hits. Body Heat, directed by Lawrence Kasdan, was one of the most viewed movie released in 1981 while Tar Baby by Toni Morrison was one of the best selling book. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Galactic Saga IV: Tawala's Last Redoubt or Softporn Adventure.
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Historical Events

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Events

  • IBM introduces PC and PC-DOS version 1.0
  • At the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, and in Boca Raton, Florida, IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer, model 5150. The PC features a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 CPU, 16 kB RAM (expandable to 256 kB), 40 kB ROM, one 5.25-inch floppy drive (160 kB capacity), for US$1565. A fully loaded version with color graphics costs US$6000.

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Movies

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Body Heat

Body Heat

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Country: United States of America

Heartbreak High

Heartbreak High

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Mark Warren

Starring: John Vernon, Norman Fell, Robert Forster, Thom Haverstock

An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

Release year: 1981

Directed by: John Landis

Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Country: United States of America

Prince of the City

Prince of the City

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Starring: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

First Monday in October

First Monday in October

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Ronald Neame

Starring: Walter Matthau, Jill Clayburgh, Barnard Hughes, Jan Sterling

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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Tar Baby by Toni Morrison

Tar Baby

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Ravishingly beautiful and emotionally incendiary, Tar Baby is Toni Morrison’s reinvention of the love story. Jadine Childs is a black fashion model with a white patron, a white boyfriend, and a

The Hite Report On Male Sexuality by Shere Hite

The Hite Report On Male Sexuality

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"A riveting document!"NEWSWEEKOver 7,000 men, ages thirteen to ninety-seven, speak out about: What they think of women--as wives, lovers, and friends; why a majority of men like marriage but are not

Theory Z by William G. Ouchi

Theory Z

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Fascinating

Noble House by James Clavell

Noble House

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The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes–fire, flood, landslide.

Cujo by Stephen King

Cujo

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The #1 national bestseller for Stephen King’s rabid fans, Cujo “hits the jugular” (New York Times) with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a sick bat.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Galactic Saga IV: Tawala's Last Redoubt

Galactic Saga IV: Tawala's Last Redoubt

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Brøderbund Software

Softporn Adventure

Softporn Adventure

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, DOS

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: On-Line Systems

Snafu

Snafu

Platform: Intellivision, Aquarius

Genre: Arcade, snake game

Publisher: Mattel

Madness and the Minotaur

Madness and the Minotaur

Platform: TRS-80 Color Computer

Genre: Text adventure

Publisher: Radio Shack

Lady Bug

Lady Bug

Platform: Arcade, ColecoVision, Intellivision

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Universal Entertainment Corporation. Home versions licensed via Taito.

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on August 12, 1981?

On August 12, 1981 the day of the week was Wednesday.

What zodiac sign is August 12, 1981?

On August 12, 1981 the zodiac sign was Leo.

Who was the US President on August 12, 1981?

On August 12, 1981 the US President was Ronald Reagan (Republican).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on August 12, 1981?

On August 12, 1981 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on August 12, 1981?

On August 12, 1981 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on August 12, 1981?

On August 12, 1981 several famous people were born including, Djibril Cissé, Steve Talley, Alexis Rault.

What was the number one song in August 12, 1981?

The number one song in the week of August 12, 1981 was Endless Love by Diana Ross in US and Green Door by Shakin' Stevens in UK.

What were the top hits on August 12, 1981?

The top hits on August 12, 1981 were Endless Love by Diana Ross, Theme From The Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not) by Joey Scarbury, I Don't Need You by Kenny Rogers in US and Green Door by Shakin' Stevens, Hooked On Classics by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder in UK.