Wednesday August 19, 1981

US date format: 8/19/1981, UK date format: 19/8/1981

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo (see zodiac on August 19, 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 Nick Kennedy and Percy Watson. 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 Jawbreaker or Skeet Shoot.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Roman festivals - Vinalia Rustica celebrated in honor of Venus Libitina commemorating the founding of the oldest known temple to her, on the Esquiline Hill, in 293 BC on this date.
  • RC saints - Saint Sebald, Saint Louis of Toulouse, Jean-Eudes de MTzeray
  • Afghanistan - Afghan Independence Day see above: 1919
  • National Day of the Filipino Language, Philippines - Holiday for Quezon City, Quezon Province and other municipalities named after Manuel Quezon
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Events

  • 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • U.S. President Ronald Reagan appoints Sandra Day O'Connor as a US Supreme Court Justice.

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Movies

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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

Prince of the City

Prince of the City

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Starring: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

Gallipoli

Gallipoli

Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins

Country: United States of America

Blow Out

Blow Out

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Country: United States of America

Body Heat

Body Heat

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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

Country: United States of America

TV Series

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Now Get Out of That

Now Get Out of That

Starring: Bernard Falk

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

MTV Music Television

MTV Music Television

Starring: Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson

Country: United States of America

Under the Mountain

Under the Mountain

Starring: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Country: New Zealand

I Can Jump Puddles

I Can Jump Puddles

Written by:

Directed by: Kevin James Dobson, Douglas Sharp, Keith Wilkes

Starring: Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Tony Barry, Julie Hamilton, Adam Garnett

Country: Australia

Bellamy

Bellamy

Written by:

Starring: John Stanton, Tim Elston, James Condon, Brian Young

Country: Australia

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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?

Tempest

Tempest

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Tube shooter

Publisher: Atari Inc.

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)

Skeet Shoot

Skeet Shoot

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Sports (skeet shooting)

Publisher: Games by Apollo

Stone Sling (Europe) Smithereens! (US)

Stone Sling (Europe) Smithereens! (US)

Platform: Philips Videopac (Europe) Magnavox Odyssey² (US)

Genre: Strategy Game,[1] Artillery game

Publisher: Philips / Magnavox

Kaboom!

Kaboom!

Platform: Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family

Genre: Action

Publisher: Activision

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on August 19, 1981?

On August 19, 1981 the day of the week was Wednesday.

What zodiac sign is August 19, 1981?

On August 19, 1981 the zodiac sign was Leo.

Who was the US President on August 19, 1981?

On August 19, 1981 the US President was Ronald Reagan (Republican).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on August 19, 1981?

On August 19, 1981 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on August 19, 1981?

On August 19, 1981 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on August 19, 1981?

On August 19, 1981 several famous people were born including, Nick Kennedy, Percy Watson.

Which famous people died on August 19, 1981?

Famous people died on August 19, 1981 include, Jessie Matthews.

What was the number one song in August 19, 1981?

The number one song in the week of August 19, 1981 was Endless Love by Diana Ross in US and Green Door by Shakin' Stevens in UK.

What were the top hits on August 19, 1981?

The top hits on August 19, 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.