Wednesday August 12, 1981
US date format: 8/12/1981, UK date format: 12/8/1981
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart 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 movies released in 1981
while Tar Baby by Toni Morrison was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Now Get Out of That.
If you liked videogames you were probably playing Snafu or Lady Bug.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
Which were the important events of August 12, 1981?
- 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.
Which were the top hits in that special week of August 12, 1981?
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Top #10 songs in the USA
- Diana Ross - Endless Love
- Joey Scarbury - Theme From The Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)
- Kenny Rogers - I Don't Need You
- Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
- Oak Ridge Boys - Elvira
- Pointer Sisters - Slow Hand
- The Manhattan Transfer - Boy From New York City
- Marty Balin - Hearts
- Juice Newton - Queen Of Hearts
- Ronnie Milsap - (There's) No Gettin' Over Me
Top #5 songs in the UK
Top #10 R&B songs
- Evelyn King - I'm In Love
- Stacy Lattisaw - Love On A Two Way Street
- Teena Marie - Square Biz
- Diana Ross & Lionel Richie - Endless Love
- Cheryl Lynn - Shake It Up Tonight
- Larry Graham - Just Be My Lady
- Commodores - Lady (You Bring Me Up)
- Frankie Smith - Double Dutch Bus
- Carl Carlton - She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)
- Billy Ocean - Night
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Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?
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Days to next August 12If August 12, 1981 is your birthday you're 38 years, 11 months, 24 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 7 days.
Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?
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What videogames would you be playing back in the days?