Monday August 31, 1981

US date format: 8/31/1981, UK date format: 31/8/1981

It was Monday, under the sign of Virgo (see birth chart on August 31, 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 Ahmad Harthy and Christine Dolce. 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. Das Boot, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Glitter Dome by Joseph Wambaugh was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Willo the Wisp. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Armored Car or Sabotage.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Trinidad and Tobago - Independence Day (from Great Britain, 1962)
  • Kyrgyzstan - Independence Day (from USSR, 1991)
  • Malaysia - Hari Merdeka, a National Day (independence within the Commonwealth, 1957)
  • Moldova: Day of Our Language (Limba Noastra)
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Events

  • Royals manager Jim Frey is fired and replaced by Dick Howser
  • A bomb explodes at the U.S. Air Force base in Ramstein, West Germany, injuring 20 people.

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Movies

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Das Boot

Das Boot

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Country: United States of America

The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant's Woman

Directed by: Karel Reisz

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan

Country: United States of America

Raggedy Man

Raggedy Man

Directed by: Jack Fisk

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, Sam Shepard, William Sanderson

Montenegro

Montenegro

Directed by: Dusan Makavejev

Starring: Susan Anspach, Erland Josephson, Per Oscarsson, Marianne Jacobi

Mommie Dearest

Mommie Dearest

Directed by: Frank Perry

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva

Country: United States of America

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TV Series

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Willo the Wisp

Willo the Wisp

Au bon beurre

Au bon beurre

Directed by: Edouard Molinaro

Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

Directed by: John Paddy Carstairs

Postman Pat

Postman Pat

Directed by: Mike Disa

Seeing Things

Seeing Things

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Starring: Louis Del Grande, Janet-Laine Green, Martha Gibson, Frank Adamson

Country: Canada

Days to next August 31

If August 31, 1981 is your birthday you're 39 years, 2 months old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 10 months.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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The Glitter Dome by Joseph Wambaugh

The Glitter Dome

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It’s the wildest bar in Chinatown, run by a proprietor named Wing who will steal your bar change every chance he gets.

The Beverly Hills Diet by Judy Mazel

The Beverly Hills Diet

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NEW BOOK. Never been read! This book came from a bookstore closing. Dust cover may have slight shelf wear or with light bookstore handling.

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.

Keep It Simple by Marian Burros

Keep It Simple

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A New York Times food columnist presents more than two hundred recipes for easy-to-prepare dishes, including meals for vegetarians, dieters, large groups of people, and others.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Armored Car

Armored Car

Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Stern Electronics

Astro Blaster

Astro Blaster

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Shooter game

Publisher: Sega

Solar Fox

Solar Fox

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Puzzle

Publisher: CBS Electronics

Sabotage

Sabotage

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: On-Line Systems

GORF

GORF

Platform: Arcade, various

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Midway

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on August 31, 1981?

On August 31, 1981 the day of the week was Monday.

What zodiac sign is August 31, 1981?

On August 31, 1981 the zodiac sign was Virgo.

Who was the US President on August 31, 1981?

On August 31, 1981 the US President was Ronald Reagan (Republican).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on August 31, 1981?

On August 31, 1981 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on August 31, 1981?

On August 31, 1981 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on August 31, 1981?

On August 31, 1981 several famous people were born including, Christine Dolce, Ahmad Harthy, Mawnia Al-Kuwaitia.

Which famous people died on August 31, 1981?

Famous people died on August 31, 1981 include, Joseph H Hirschhorn.

What was the number one song in August 31, 1981?

The number one song in the week of August 31, 1981 was Endless Love by Diana Ross in US and Green Door by Shakin' Stevens in UK.

What were the top hits on August 31, 1981?

The top hits on August 31, 1981 were Endless Love by Diana Ross, Slow Hand by Pointer Sisters, Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks 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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