February 6th, 1980, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 37 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.
40 years, 9 months and 25 days have passed since February 6th, 1980.
On This Date
Events that occurred on February 6th, 1980:
The trial of serial killer John Wayne Gacy begins in Cook County, Illinois.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on February 6th, 1980:
United States: Rock With You - Michael Jackson
United Kingdom: Too Much Too Young - Specials
Take Me Back!
The date is February 6th, 1980 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. In America, the song Rock With You by Michael Jackson is on top of the singles charts.
Over in the UK, Too Much Too Young by Specials is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States and Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Happy Days", "Laverne & Shirley", "Quincy, M.E." and "The Incredible Hulk". 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 "Happy Days". Popular toys include the likes of "Lite-Brite", "Water Ring Toss", "Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine" and "Intellivision (games console)".
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 February 6th, 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.
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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.
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 and information about this date:
40 years, 9 months and 25 days have passed since February 6th, 1980.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 06 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 February 6th, 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 318643200.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around February 6th, 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.
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 6th of February:
Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
Who was the US President on February 6th, 1980?
Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.
UK Prime Minister
Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on February 6th, 1980?
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?
Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on February 6th, 1980 was probably conceived around the 29th of April, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 6th, 1980 is the 15th of November, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
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.
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about February 6th, 1980.
14,910 days have passed since this date.
1,288,224,000 seconds have passed since the February 6th, 1980.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,502,928,000 times.
Since February 6th, 1980, earth has travelled approximately 664,723,584,000 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 214,704,000 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 110,787,264 steps. That's about 49,239 miles!
Since this date, 15,458,688 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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