Monday August 17, 1981

US date format: 8/17/1981, UK date format: 17/8/1981

It was Monday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart on August 17, 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 Helen Lindes and Kristin Holt. 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. They All Laughed, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Eagle'S Gift by Carlos Castaneda was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Crazy Kong or Ghost Town.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Rastafarianism - celebration of the birth of Marcus Garvey
  • Roman Empire - Portunalia in honor of Portunes

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Movies

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They All Laughed

They All Laughed

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, Patti Hansen, John Ritter

Nobody's Perfekt

Nobody's Perfekt

Directed by: Peter Bonerz

Starring: Gabe Kaplan, Alex Karras, Robert Klein, Susan Clark

Body Heat

Body Heat

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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

Country: United States of America

Heartbreak High

Heartbreak High

Directed by: Mark Warren

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

An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

Directed by: John Landis

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

Country: United States of America

TV Series

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The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!

The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!

Starring: Maylo McCaslin, Barry Gordon, Dawn Jeffory, Burr Middleton

Country: United States of America

Kinvig

Kinvig

Take a Letter Mr. Jones

Take a Letter Mr. Jones

The Paul Squire Show

The Paul Squire Show

The Pyramid Game

The Pyramid Game

Days to next August 17

If August 17, 1981 is your birthday you're 39 years, 1 month, 11 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 10 months, 20 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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The Eagle'S Gift by Carlos Castaneda

The Eagle'S Gift

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Carlos Castaneda takes the reader into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is "natural" and "logical."His

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.

Masquerade by Kit Williams

Masquerade

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Schocken Books. NY. Copyright-1979. This publication-1980. "First American edition". First printing (no later dates, number/letter lines). Blue boards with impression of author's initials (KW) on lower corner of front board.

The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas

The White Hotel

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It is a dream of electrifying eroticism and inexplicable violence, recounted by a young woman to her analyst, Sigmund Freud. It is a horrifying yet restrained narrative of the Holocaust.

Trade Wind by M.M. Kaye

Trade Wind

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When Boston bluestocking Hero Athena Hollis travels to Zanzibar to visit her uncle, an American consul, she arrives filled with self-righteousness and bent on good deeds.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Crazy Kong

Crazy Kong

Platform: Arcade, Commodore 64

Genre: Platform

Publisher: Falcon/Zaccaria

Space Hawk

Space Hawk

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Mattel

Strategy X

Strategy X

Platform: Arcade; Atari 2600

Genre: Vertically scrolling shooter

Publisher: Konami

Eastern Front (1941)

Eastern Front (1941)

Platform: Atari 8-bit

Genre: Turn-based strategy

Publisher: APX, Atari, Inc.

Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Platform: Apple II, Acorn Electron, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Dragon 32/64, TI-99/4A, TRS-80, Browser, ZX Spectrum

Genre: text adventure

Publisher: Adventure International

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on August 17, 1981?

On August 17, 1981 the day of the week was Monday.

What zodiac sign is August 17, 1981?

On August 17, 1981 the zodiac sign was Leo.

Who was the US President on August 17, 1981?

On August 17, 1981 the US President was Ronald Reagan (Republican).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on August 17, 1981?

On August 17, 1981 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on August 17, 1981?

On August 17, 1981 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on August 17, 1981?

On August 17, 1981 several famous people were born including, Helen Lindes, Kristin Holt, Kristin Adams.

Which famous people died on August 17, 1981?

Famous people died on August 17, 1981 include, Robert Russell Bennett.

What was the number one song in August 17, 1981?

The number one song in the week of August 17, 1981 was Endless Love by Diana Ross in US and Green Door by Shakin' Stevens in UK.

What were the top hits on August 17, 1981?

The top hits on August 17, 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.


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