What Happened on August 1, 1981

Historical Events

Music Single

"Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)

  • Music video cable channel MTV debuts in US at 12:01 AM with The Buggles song "Video Killed The Radio Star"

Famous Birthdays

  • Ashley Parker Angel, American pop singer (O-Town), and actor, born in Redding, California
  • Stephen Hunt, Irish footballer, born in Port Laoise, Ireland
Born in 1981

Famous Deaths

  • (Sidney) "Paddy" Chayefsky, American Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Marty; The Hospital; Network), novelist, and playwright, dies of cancer at 58
  • Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, dies at 49

About August 1, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 9 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
  • UK #1 Song: Green Door - Shakin' Stevens