Sunday December 20, 1981

US date format: 12/20/1981, UK date format: 20/12/1981

It was Sunday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see birth chart on December 20, 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 Julien Benneteau and James Shields. 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 Venture or Quest for the Rings.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • R.C. Saints - Saint Dominic of Silos
  • Also see December 20 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The first All Faiths Day was celebrated in 2003 in Canandaigua, New York.

Events

  • Dreamgirls opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances
  • Doug Small (Winnipeg Jets) ties NHL record scoring at 5 second mark.
  • The Penlee lifeboat disaster occurs off the coast of South-West Cornwall.

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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

Sport Games on December 20, 1981

Sport Games on December 20, 1981


NFL

American Football
  • Cincinnati Bengals - Atlanta Falcons : 30 - 28
  • Cleveland Browns - Seattle Seahawks : 21 - 42
  • Denver Broncos - Chicago Bears : 24 - 35
  • Green Bay Packers - New York Jets : 3 - 28
  • Kansas City Chiefs - Minnesota Vikings : 10 - 6
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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 20

If December 20, 1981 is your birthday you're 38 years, 9 months, 10 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 2 months, 20 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?

Venture

Venture

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Intellivision

Genre: Action

Publisher: Exidy

Quest for the Rings

Quest for the Rings

Platform: Odyssey²/Videopac

Genre: Cooperative, Board game, RPG

Publisher: Magnavox

Softporn Adventure

Softporn Adventure

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, DOS

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: On-Line Systems

Scramble

Scramble

Platform: Arcade (original) Tomy Tutor, Vectrex, Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade), Windows Mobile, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4

Genre: Horizontal scrolling shooter

Publisher: JP Leijac; NA Stern; NA GCE; EU Compu-Games A/S; EU Milton Bradley

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

Platform: Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSX, NEC PC-9801, NES, PC booter, PC Engine, Game Boy Color, Super Famicom

Genre: Role-playing video game

Publisher: Sir-Tech Software, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 20, 1981?

On December 20, 1981 the day of the week was Sunday.

What zodiac sign is December 20, 1981?

On December 20, 1981 the zodiac sign was Sagittarius.

Who was the US President on December 20, 1981?

On December 20, 1981 the US President was Ronald Reagan (Republican).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 20, 1981?

On December 20, 1981 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on December 20, 1981?

On December 20, 1981 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on December 20, 1981?

On December 20, 1981 several famous people were born including, Julien Benneteau, Royal Ivey, James Shields.

Which famous people died on December 20, 1981?

Famous people died on December 20, 1981 include, Dimitris Rontiris.

What was the number one song in December 20, 1981?

The number one song in the week of December 20, 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 20, 1981?

The top hits on December 20, 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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