Tuesday May 12, 1981

US date format: 5/12/1981, UK date format: 12/5/1981

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Taurus (see birth chart on May 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 Rami Malek and Laura Granville. In that special week of May people in US were listening to Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes. In UK Stand And Deliver by Adam & The Ants was in the top 5 hits. Possession, directed by Andrzej Zulawski, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Reflex by Dick Francis was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Okres na severu. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Borderline or Cosmic Avenger.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Saint Epiphanius
  • Saint Domitilla
  • Day of Finnishness in Finland; Commemoration day of J. V. Snellman.
  • International Nurses Day
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Events

  • Lena Horne: Lady, Music opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 performances
  • Isles tie own rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs. Minnesota
  • Francis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for political prisoner status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.

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Movies

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Possession

Possession

Directed by: Andrzej Zulawski

Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent

Country: United States of America

Polyester

Polyester

Directed by: John Waters

Starring: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, David Samson

Light Years Away

Light Years Away

Directed by: Alain Tanner

Starring: Trevor Howard, Mick Ford, Bernice Stegers, Henri Virlojeux

Escape from New York

Escape from New York

Directed by: John Carpenter

Starring: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Country: United States of America

Laawaris

Laawaris

Directed by: Prakash Mehra

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Rakhee Gulzar, Amjad Khan

TV Series

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Okres na severu

Okres na severu

Hindsight

Hindsight

Directed by: Lee Hyun Seung

Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian

Directed by: Nicolas Vanier

Baila Comigo

Baila Comigo

Chockablock

Chockablock

Days to next May 12

If May 12, 1981 is your birthday you're 39 years, 2 months, 28 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 9 months, 3 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Reflex by Dick Francis

Reflex

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Longtime jockey Philip Nore suspects that a racetrack photographer's fatal accident was really murder--and unravels some nasty secrets of corruption, blackmail, and murder.

Danse Macabre by Stephen King

Danse Macabre

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From the author of dozens of #1 New York Times bestsellers and the creator of many unforgettable movies comes a vivid, intelligent, and nostalgic journey through three decades of horror as

Xpd by Len Deighton

Xpd

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June 11, 1940 – where is Winston Churchill?A private aircraft takes off from a small town in central France, while Adolf Hitler, the would-be conqueror of Europe, prepares for a clandestine

The Company Of Women by Mary Gordon

The Company Of Women

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"A superb, stunningly written novel." The Philadelphia InquirerRaised by five intensely religious women and a charismatic, controversial priest, sheltered from the secular world, Felicitas Maria Taylor is intelligent, charming, and desperate

You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen

You Can Negotiate Anything

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Herb Cohen believes the world is a giant negotiating table and, like it or not, you're a negotiator. Whether you're dealing with your spouse, boss, department store, bank manager, children, solicitor,

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Space Hawk

Space Hawk

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Mattel

Borderline

Borderline

Platform: Arcade, SG-1000

Genre: Vertical scrolling shooter, Maze, Tactical shooter

Pyramid of Doom

Pyramid of Doom

Platform: Apple II Plus, Commodore PET, TRS-80, Vic 20, TI 99/4a, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Dragon 32/64

Genre: Text adventure

Publisher: Adventure International

Arena of Octos

Arena of Octos

Platform: Apple II, TRS-80

Genre: Combat

Publisher: SoftSide

Cosmic Avenger

Cosmic Avenger

Platform: Arcade (original) ColecoVision

Genre: Horizontal scrolling shooter

Publisher: Universal


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