Monday January 12, 1981

US date format: 1/12/1981, UK date format: 12/1/1981

It was Monday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on January 12, 1981). The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat). Famous people born on this day include Valerie Domínguez and Shannon Schambeau. In that special week of January people in US were listening to (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon. In UK Imagine by John Lennon was in the top 5 hits. Foul Play, directed by Colin Higgins, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Swanson On Swanson by Gloria Swanson was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Harper Valley P.T.A.. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Ulysses and the Golden Fleece or Sabotage.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?

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Foul Play

Directed by: Colin Higgins

Starring: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith, Rachel Roberts

Country: United States of America

The Incredible Shrinking Woman

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Starring: Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, Henry Gibson

Night School

Directed by: Ken Hughes

Starring: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder, Joseph R. Sicari

Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror

Directed by: Andrea Bianchi

Starring: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli, Antonella Antinori

Walking Tall

Directed by: Phil Karlson

Starring: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

Country: United States of America


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 12, 1981?


  • In USA's Monk, the 4th season episode of MR. MONK AND MRS. MONK (#T-2351) indicates that Monk spilt something on January 12, 1999 during an earthquake. He stated "Earthquakes count, I don't make the rules."
  • In the television series The X-Files, the third season episode Syzygy, has two girls, Terri & Magi, both born on January 12, 1979. Strange astrological properties with 3+ celestial bodies in alignment gives them great power which they use to kill off several of their high school classmates on their birthday in 1996.
  • In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the fictional computer HAL becomes operational on January 12. In the movie by Stanley Kubrick, HAL was "born" in 1992, while in the book by Arthur C. Clarke the same event occurs in 1997.
  • Tanzania - Zanzibar Revolution Day


  • Dynasty with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV

    Famous Deaths

  • Isobel Elsom: Actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal),...

TV Series

Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?

Harper Valley P.T.A.

Directed by: Not specifed

Rosa... de lejos

Directed by: María Herminia Avellaneda

Too Close for Comfort

The Settlers

Directed by: Shimon Dotan

Breaking Away

Directed by: Peter Yates

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Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?

Swanson On Swanson

By: Gloria Swanson

Once the most famous woman in the world, she still found time to be a loving mother. Worshipped by the world's most dynamic men on screen, and off, and adored by

The Hidden Target

By: Helen MacInnes

For Nina O’Connell, a trip round the world was the holiday of a lifetime. Travelling in a group led by the attractive James Kiley and his friend Tony Shawfield, she is

The Clan Of The Cave Bear

By: Jean M. Auel

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadThrough Jean M.

Come Pour The Wine

By: Cynthia Freeman

New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman’s powerful tale of a woman in search of her sacred heritage, who must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for loveNineteen-year-old Janet

Goodbye, Darkness

By: William Manchester

The nightmares began for William Manchester 23 years after WW II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of a battle-weary youth (himself), "angrily demanding to know what had


What videogames would you be playing back in the days?


Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Intellivision

Genre: Action

Publisher: Exidy


Platform: Arcade (original) Commodore 64

Genre: Action

Publisher: Midway


Platform: Arcade

Genre: Tube shooter

Publisher: Atari Inc.

Ulysses and the Golden Fleece

Platform: Apple II Atari 8-bit Commodore 64 DOS

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Sierra On-Line


Platform: Apple II

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: On-Line Systems

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