Thursday December 17, 1981

US date format: 12/17/1981, UK date format: 17/12/1981

It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see birth chart on December 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 Jerry Hsu and Emma Laaksonen. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Physical by Olivia Newton-John. In UK Don't You Want Me by The Human League was in the top 5 hits. Umrao Jaan, directed by Muzaffar Ali, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Cosmos by Carl Sagan was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Darkroom. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Space Eggs or Freeway.
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Historical Events

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Events

  • Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brigadier General James L Dozier
  • The Senegambia Confederation is founded.
  • Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigade in Verona, Italy.

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Movies

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Umrao Jaan

Umrao Jaan

Directed by: Muzaffar Ali

Starring: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Directed by: George Miller

Starring: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Country: United States of America

Modern Problems

Modern Problems

Directed by: Ken Shapiro

Starring: Chevy Chase, Patti D'Arbanville, Dabney Coleman, Mary Kay Place

Quest for Fire

Quest for Fire

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Starring: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong

Country: United States of America

Eaux profondes

Eaux profondes

Directed by: Michel Deville

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Sandrine Kljajic, Éric Frey

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TV Series

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Darkroom

Darkroom

Directed by: Britt Napier

The Last Song

The Last Song

Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson

Tenko

Tenko

Starring: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Claire Oberman, Emily Bolton

Country: Australia

That's My Boy

That's My Boy

Directed by: Sean Anders

Jockei Monika

Jockei Monika

Days to next December 17

If December 17, 1981 is your birthday you're 38 years, 9 months, 11 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 2 months, 19 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Cosmos

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RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOXCosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a

No Time For Tears by Cynthia Freeman

No Time For Tears

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No Time for Tears

A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney by Andrew A. Rooney

A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney

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A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney gathers together the best of his essays, more than fifty in all.

The Cardinal Sins by Andrew M. Greeley

The Cardinal Sins

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The Cardinal Sins ignited a worldwide sensation when it first appeared nearly thirty years ago. Selling more than three million copies, it launched Andrew M.

The Soul Of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder

The Soul Of A New Machine

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Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Turbo

Turbo

Platform: Arcade ColecoVision Intellivision

Genre: Arcade-style racing

Publisher: Sega

Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker

Platform: Computers: Atari 800, Apple II, Commodore 64, PC Consoles: Atari 2600

Genre: Maze chase

Publisher: On-line Systems, Tigervision (Atari 2600 port)

Gobbler

Gobbler

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Maze

Publisher: On-Line Systems

Space Eggs

Space Eggs

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Sirius Software

Freeway

Freeway

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Action

Publisher: Activision

Frequently Asked Questions

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

On December 17, 1981 the day of the week was Thursday.

What zodiac sign is December 17, 1981?

On December 17, 1981 the zodiac sign was Sagittarius.

Who was the US President on December 17, 1981?

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

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

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

Who was the Pope on December 17, 1981?

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

Which famous people are born on December 17, 1981?

On December 17, 1981 several famous people were born including, Emma Laaksonen, Jerry Hsu, Rena Takeshita.

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

The number one song in the week of December 17, 1981 was Physical by Olivia Newton-John in US and Don't You Want Me by The Human League in UK.

What were the top hits on December 17, 1981?

The top hits on December 17, 1981 were Physical by Olivia Newton-John, Waiting For A Girl Like You by Foreigner, Let's Groove by Earth, Wind & Fire in US and Don't You Want Me by The Human League, Daddy's Home by Cliff Richard, Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar) by Julio Iglesias in UK.


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