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February 21st, 1980.

February 21st, 1980, was a Thursday. It was day 52 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

41 years, 9 months and 15 days have passed since February 21st, 1980.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Pisces.

On this day.

What happened on February 21st, 1980?

  • The World Wrestling Federation is incorporated.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on February 21st, 1980.

  • United States: Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
  • United Kingdom: Coward Of The County - Kenny Rogers

The Billboard Hot 100 on February 21st, 1980.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tennille
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
  • Coward Of The County - Kenny Rogers
  • Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
  • Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Play the top hits from 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.
Cruising

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Cruising" was at the top of the box office on February 21st, 1980.

Take me back to February 21st, 1980!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is February 21st, 1980 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Pisces. In America, the song Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Coward Of The County by Kenny Rogers is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States and the movie Cruising 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 "The Love Boat", "WKRP in Cincinnati", "The Dukes of Hazzard" 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 "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Happy Days", "Rickety Rocket" and "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Micronauts, Water Ring Toss, Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine and Big wheel (tricycle).

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 February 21st, 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 41 years, 9 months and 15 days have passed since February 21st, 1980.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 08 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 21st, 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 319939200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around February 21st, 1980.

  • 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.
  • This date: February 21st, 1980
  • March 3rd, 1980: Liberal Party leader Pierre Trudeau becomes the new Prime Minister of Canada for the second time.
  • March 12th, 1980: Serial killer John Wayne Gacy is found guilty and sentenced to death.
  • March 13th, 1980: Serial killer John Wayne Gacy is sentenced to death.
  • March 16th, 1980: Alfred Hitchcock makes his final public appearance at an awards ceremony.
  • March 21st, 1980: US President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
  • March 21st, 1980: The mysterious shooting of J.R. Ewing occurs in the Dallas episode "A House Divided".

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 21st, 1980, will have the star sign Pisces.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1980 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: February 21st, 1980 falls under the Wolf.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

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.

TV shows from February, 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.

Kids' TV shows on February 21st, 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

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.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

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 check out February 21st, 1986 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on February 21st.

Kelsey Grammer

Actor.
Born on February 21st, 1955
He turned 25 on this day in 1980.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Actress.
Born on February 21st, 1979
She turned 1 on this day in 1980.

Ellen Page

Actress.
Born on February 21st, 1987
She was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Riyad Mahrez

Soccer player.
Born on February 21st, 1991
He was born exactly 11 years after this date.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on February 21st, 1980.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on February 21st, 1980.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on February 21st, 1980 was most likely conceived around May 31st, 1979.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 21st, 1980 is close to November 13th, 1980.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about February 21st, 1980.

  • A total of 15,265 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,180 weeks have passed.
  • 1,318,896,000 seconds have passed since the February 21st, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,538,712,000 times.
  • Since February 21st, 1980, the earth has travelled approximately 680,550,336,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 219,816,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 113,425,056 steps. That's about 50,411 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,826,752 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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