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January 20th, 1980.

January 20th, 1980, was a Sunday. It was day 20 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

41 years, 6 months and 2 days have passed since January 20th, 1980.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On this day.

What happened on January 20th, 1980?

  • Super Bowl XIV: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Los Angeles Rams by 31-19 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 20th, 1980.

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

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" was at the top of the box office on January 20th, 1980.

Take me back to January 20th, 1980!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 20th, 1980 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Barnaby Jones", "The Jeffersons", "Three's Company" and "Hart to Hart". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander" and "Asteroids". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Sesame Street", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "The Muppet Show" and "Mork & Mindy".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Magna Doodle, Water Ring Toss, Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine and Rubik's Cube.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 20th, 1980.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

    Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 41 years, 6 months and 2 days have passed since January 20th, 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 20th, 1980, will be 41 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1980 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 317174400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 20th, 1980.

  • 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 20th, 1980
  • 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.
  • February 19th, 1980: AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott dies of acute alcohol poisoning.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 20th, 1980, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1980 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 20th, 1980 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • 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.
  • Three's Company - Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
  • Eight Is Enough - Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.
  • Quincy, M.E. - TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.
  • Charlie's Angels - TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.
  • The Muppet Show - American TV show that included characters such as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
  • Laverne & Shirley - Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
  • The Jeffersons - TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.
  • Little House on the Prairie - TV show that was set in the 1870s.

Kid's TV shows on January 20th, 1980.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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

Popular toys and games in 1980.

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

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

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.

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 check out January 20th, 1986 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 20th.

Jeffrey Epstein

Financier / convicted sex offender. Deceased
Born on January 20th, 1953
He turned 27 on this day in 1980.

Bill Maher

Talkshow host.
Born on January 20th, 1956
He turned 24 on this day in 1980.

Rainn Wilson

Actor.
Born on January 20th, 1966
He turned 14 on this day in 1980.

Gary Barlow

Singer.
Born on January 20th, 1971
He turned 9 on this day in 1980.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on January 20th, 1980.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 20th, 1980.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 20th, 1980 was most likely conceived around the 12th of April, 1979.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 20th, 1980 is close to the 29th of October, 1980.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 20th, 1980.

  • A total of 15,160 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,165 weeks have passed.
  • 1,309,820,400 seconds have passed since the January 20th, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,528,123,800 times.
  • Since January 20th, 1980, the earth has travelled approximately 675,867,326,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 218,303,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 112,644,554 steps. That's about 50,064 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,717,845 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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