Thursday December 31, 1981, NewYear’s Eve
US date format: 12/31/1981, UK date format: 31/12/1981
It was Thursday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 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 Matthew Pavlich and Ricky Whittle.
In that special week of December people in US were listening to Physical by Olivia Newton-John.
In UK The Land Of Make Believe by Bucks Fizz was in the top 5 hits.
Umrao Jaan, directed by Muzaffar Ali, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981
while A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney by Andrew A. Rooney was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Let There Be Love.
If you liked videogames you were probably playing Black Hole or Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
Which were the important events of December 31, 1981?
- New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
- CNN Headline News debuts.
- Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
- Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000.
- A coup d'etat in Ghana removes President Hilla Limann's PNP government and replaces it with the Provisional National Defence Council led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings.
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- Frantisek Chaun: Composer, dies at 60.
Which were the top hits in that special week of December 31, 1981?
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Top #10 songs in the USA
- Olivia Newton-John - Physical
- Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You
- Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove
- Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
- Rod Stewart - Young Turks
- Quarterflash - Harden My Heart
- Diana Ross - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
- Stevie Nicks - Leather And Lace
- Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
- Lindsey Buckingham - Trouble
Top #9 songs in the UK
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Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?
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Days to next December 31If December 31, 1981 is your birthday you're 38 years, 8 months, 24 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months, 7 days.
Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?
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What videogames would you be playing back in the days?