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January 17th, 1980.

January 17th, 1980, was a Thursday. It was day 17 of 1980. The decade was the Eighties.

42 years, 5 months and 13 days have passed since January 17th, 1980.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Birthdays

Born on January 17th, 1980.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Top songs.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on January 17th, 1980.

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 17th, 1980.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
  • Rock With You - Michael Jackson
  • Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tennille
  • Send One Your Love - Stevie Wonder
  • Please Don't Go - KC And The Sunshine Band
Play the top singles from the year 1980.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1980. Take a trip back to the days of Kool & The Gang, ABBA, Air Supply, Blondie and Queen.
Kramer vs. Kramer

Top movie.

The movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

Take me back to January 17th, 1980!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is January 17th, 1980, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. 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, and the movie Kramer vs. Kramer is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister.

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. In fashion, women are currently wearing jelly shoes, turtleneck sweaters, loose high-waist pants, crop tops and puffer jackets lined with fur. Meanwhile, men have been ditching the disco look of the 70s in favor of athletic clothing such as tracksuits and sports jerseys. The "preppy" look has also been making a comeback. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ian Curtis, Steve McQueen and John Lennon would all be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Happy Days", "Charlie's Angels", "Soap" and "The Incredible Hulk". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander" and "Asteroids". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Star Wars action figures, the Atari 2600 and Intellivision (games console).

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on January 17th, 1980.

  • 1980 in music.

    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.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1980?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1980?

    The best NBA players in 1980 were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, Larry Bird, George Gervin and Paul Westphal.

  • Early 1980s fashion.

    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.

  • 1980 in movies.

    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.

  • Who were the best football players in 1980?

    Who were the best football players in 1980?

    In 1980, the best soccer players were Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bernd Schuster, Michel Platini, Wilfried Van Moer, Jan Ceulemans, Horst Hrubesch, Herbert Prohaska, Hansi Müller, Liam Brady, Manfred Kaltz and Erwin Vandenbergh.

  • Ordinary People.

    Ordinary People.

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

  • Ronald Reagan.

    Ronald Reagan.

    Ronald Reagan was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1980 after he defeated incumbent President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 United States presidential election.

  • Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

    Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

    The song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross won a Grammy for 1980's Song of the Year.

  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600.

    During this period, the Atari 2600 was the dominant game system.

  • The Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis was ongoing during this period. Between November 4th, 1979 and January 20th, 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.

  • The Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981.

    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 were murdered before Wayne Williams was eventually arrested and convicted.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

    In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more and more common.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 42 years, 5 months and 13 days have passed since January 17th, 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: A person born on January 17th, 1980 will be 42 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1980 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 316915200.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around January 17th, 1980.

  • December 19th, 1979: The movie Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) is released in cinemas.
  • December 21st, 1979: A black insurance salesman called Arthur McDuffie dies after being beaten by four police officers following a traffic stop in Miami.
  • December 23rd, 1979: Soviet forces occupy Kabul in Afghanistan.
  • December 24th, 1979: The Soviet war in Afghanistan begins.
  • December 27th, 1979: The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.
  • January 3rd, 1980: Animal rights activist Joy Adamson is murdered in Kenya.
  • This date: January 17th, 1980
  • 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 1st, 1980: UB40 release their debut single "Food for Thought".
  • February 6th, 1980: The trial of serial killer John Wayne Gacy begins in Cook County, Illinois.
  • February 9th, 1980: Serial killer Ted Bundy marries Carole Ann Boone during his trial for the murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
  • February 10th, 1980: Ted Bundy is sentenced to death for the third time after he is found guilty for the murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
  • February 13th, 1980: American actor David Janssen passes away after a heart attack.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 17th, 1980, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1980 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 17th, 1980 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 17th, 1980.

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Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in January, 1980.

TV shows from January, 1980.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunker's Place
Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.

Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Medical drama.

Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.

The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
Sitcom about a girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. Starring Charlotte Rae as housemother Edna Garrett.

The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
American television series.

WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati
Sitcom about staff members who work at a radio station in Cincinnati.

Taxi
Taxi
American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Starring Lou Ferrigno.

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.

Chips
Chips
TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.

Soap
Soap
Comedy series / satire about soap operas. Starring Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas.

Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough
Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.

Three's Company
Three's Company
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.

Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.

Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.

Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.

Barney Miller
Barney Miller
Sitcom about a police station in New York City. Starring Hal Linden as Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller.

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.

Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
TV show that was set in the 1870s.

Happy Days
Happy Days
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Television series about a Private Detective and his widowed daughter-in-law.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.

The Waltons
The Waltons
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.

The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

Cars in 1980.

1980 saw the introduction of cars such as the Audi Coupé, the Dodge Mirada, the North American variant of the Ford Escort, the Fiat Panda, the Nissan Leopard and the Lincoln Town Car.

Cars in 1980.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on January 17th, 1980.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1980.

The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon

Casper and the Angels
Casper and the Angels

Rickety Rocket
Rickety Rocket

Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes

Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy

Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets

The All New Popeye Hour
The All New Popeye Hour

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show

Happy Days
Happy Days

Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1980.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1980.

Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube

Strawberry Shortcake dolls
Strawberry Shortcake dolls

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Intellivision (games console)
Intellivision (games console)

Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Simon (memory game)
Simon (memory game)

Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

The Atari 2600
The Atari 2600

Star Wars action figures
Star Wars action figures

Lego Technic
Lego Technic

Micronauts
Micronauts

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Operation
Operation

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in January of 1980.

Asteroids 1979
Asteroids
Space-themed shooter arcade game.

Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
In which the player controls a lunar landing module.

Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Shooter arcade game.

Breakout 1976
Breakout
Arcade game published by Atari.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1980.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 17th, 1986 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 17th.

Al Capone

Gangster. Deceased
Born on January 17th, 1899
He was not alive on this date.

Betty White

Actress. Deceased
Born on January 17th, 1922
She turned 58 on this day in 1980.

Muhammad Ali

Boxer. Deceased
Born on January 17th, 1942
He turned 38 on this day in 1980.

Jim Carrey

Actor.
Born on January 17th, 1962
He turned 18 on this day in 1980.

Michelle Obama

First Lady.
Born on January 17th, 1964
She turned 16 on this day in 1980.

Calvin Harris

DJ.
Born on January 17th, 1984
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Marnie Simpson

English TV personality.
Born on January 17th, 1992
She was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Jake Paul

Youtuber.
Born on January 17th, 1997
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on January 17th, 1980.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 17th, 1980.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 17th, 1980 was most likely conceived around April 26th, 1979.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 17th, 1980 is close to October 9th, 1980.

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Stats for January 17th, 1980

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 17th, 1980.

  • A total of 15,506 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,215 weeks have passed.
  • 1,339,714,800 seconds have passed since the January 17th, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,563,000,600 times.
  • Since January 17th, 1980, the Earth has travelled approximately 691,292,836,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 223,285,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 115,215,473 steps. That's about 51,207 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,076,578 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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