January 16th, 1980

January 16th, 1980, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 16 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

40 years, 6 months and 24 days have passed since January 16th, 1980.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 16th, 1980:

  • United States: Rock With You - Michael Jackson
  • United Kingdom: Brass In Pocket - Pretenders

Take Me Back!

The date is January 16th, 1980 and it's a Wednesday. In America, the song Rock With You by Michael Jackson is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Brass In Pocket by Pretenders is the number one hit song.

Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States. Because it's 1980, the radio stations are being dominated by artists such as Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand, John Lennon, Lipps Inc, Diana Ross, Blondie and Kenny Rogers. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Barnaby Jones", "Soap", "The Love Boat" and "Mork & Mindy".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander" and "Asteroids". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "Diff'rent Strokes". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "VertiBird (toy helicopter)", "Magna Doodle", "Water Ring Toss" and "Speak & Spell".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 16th, 1980.

  • The Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981.

    During this time, the Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981 were taking place. At least 28 children and young adults are murdered before Wayne Williams is eventually caught and convicted of murder.

  • Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis was ongoing during this period. Between the 4th of November, 1979 and the 20th of January, 1981, 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage in Iran. The hostages were taken into captivity after a group of Iranian college students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

  • 1980 in music.

    Popular music artists in 1980 included Blondie, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Jackson, Captain & Tennille, Queen, Paul McCartney and Lipps Inc.

  • Ronald Reagan.

    U.S. President Ronald Reagan was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1980.

  • 1980 in movies.

    Movies released in 1980 included The Empire Strikes Back, 9 to 5, Friday the 13th, Stir Crazy, Airplane!, Any Which Way You Can, Caddyshack, Private Benjamin, Coal Miner's Daughter, Smokey and the Bandit II, The Blue Lagoon, The Blues Brothers, The Shining and The Fog.

  • Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

    "Sailing" by Christopher Cross would go on to win a Grammy for 1980's Song of the Year.

  • Ordinary People

    "Ordinary People" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1980.

  • Early 1980s fashion.

    The early 80s saw a minimalist approach to fashion, with some trends carrying over from the late 1970s. Sweaters, fur-lined puffer jackets, tunics, ripped jeans, leotards, velour tracksuits, tube tops, knee-length skirts, high-waisted pants and embroidered jeans were all popular during this period. The colors during the early 1980s were subdued, quiet and basic. Varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were in fashion.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 40 years, 6 months and 24 days have passed since January 16th, 1980.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 03 of 1980.
  • Leap Year: 1980 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on January 16th, 1980, will be 40 years of age.
  • People born in 1980 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 316828800.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around January 16th, 1980:

  • December 19th, 1979: The movie Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) is released in cinemas.
  • December 24th, 1979: The Soviet war in Afghanistan begins.
  • January 3rd, 1980: Animal rights activist Joy Adamson is murdered in Kenya.
  • January 20th, 1980: Super Bowl XIV: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Los Angeles Rams by 31-19 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
  • January 21st, 1980: 128 people are killed when Iran Air Flight 291 crashes in the Alborz Mountains.
  • January 27th, 1980: Six US diplomats escape Iran while posing as Canadians. In 2012, the story is made into a movie called Argo.
  • January 30th, 1980: The Rubik's Cube makes its international debut.
  • February 13th, 1980: American actor David Janssen passes away after a heart attack.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 16th, 1980, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1980 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: January 16th, 1980 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • Knots Landing - American soap opera.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
  • Hart to Hart - TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard - American television series.
  • Mork & Mindy - Comedy TV show about an alien called Mork. Starring Robin Williams.
  • Taxi - American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.
  • Dallas - Soap opera.
  • The Incredible Hulk - Starring Lou Ferrigno.
  • The Love Boat - Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.
  • Chips - TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.
  • Soap - Comedy series / satire about soap operas. Starring Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas.

1980 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1980.

"Diff'rent Strokes" - "Mork & Mindy" - "Battle of the Planets" - "The Muppet Show" - "Happy Days" - "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" - "Sesame Street" - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" - "The Bugs Bunny Show" - "Captain Kangaroo"


1980 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1980:

  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Intellivision (games console)
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Kenner Star Wars action figures
  • Atari 2600
  • Lego Technic
  • Micronauts
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Magna Doodle
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 16th of January:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 16th of January:

  • Republic Day (India)

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on January 16th, 1980.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on January 16th, 1980 was probably conceived around the 8th of April, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 16th, 1980 is the 25th of October, 1980. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • Asteroids - Space-themed shooter arcade game.
  • Lunar Lander - In which the player controls a lunar landing module.
  • Space Invaders - Shooter arcade game.
  • Breakout - Arcade game published by Atari.

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about January 16th, 1980.

  • 14,817 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,280,185,200 seconds have passed since the January 16th, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,493,549,400 times.
  • Since January 16th, 1980, earth has travelled approximately 660,575,563,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 213,364,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 110,095,927 steps. That's about 48,932 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,362,222 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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