23rd of May, 1980

The 23rd of May, 1980, fell on a Friday. Day 144 of 1980. Decade: 1980s.

40 years, 0 months and 8 days have passed since the 23rd of May, 1980.


On This Date

Events that occurred on the 23rd of May, 1980:

  • The Shining (1980) is released in cinemas.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on the 23rd of May, 1980:

  • United States: Call Me - Blondie
  • United Kingdom: What's Another Year - Johnny Logan

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 the 23rd of May, 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.

  • Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

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

  • Ronald Reagan.

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

  • Ordinary People

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

  • 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 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 Empire Strikes Back.

    "The Empire Strikes Back" was being shown in movie theaters at this time.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 40 years, 0 months and 8 days have passed since the 23rd of May, 1980.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 21 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 the 23rd of May, 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 327884400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around the 23rd of May, 1980:

  • 24th of April, 1980: Operation Eagle Claw: U.S. President Jimmy Carter aborts an attempt to rescue 52 hostages in Iran.
  • 25th of April, 1980: Dan-Air Flight 1008 crashes in Tenerife, killing 146 people.
  • 26th of April, 1980: 14-year-old Laureen Rahn goes missing from her apartment in Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • 29th of April, 1980: Alfred Hitchcock passes away.
  • 30th of April, 1980: Six Iranian-born terrorists take over the Iranian embassy in London.
  • 4th of May, 1980: Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito dies.
  • 9th of May, 1980: Friday the 13th (1980) is released.
  • 10th of May, 1980: FA Cup 1980: West Ham win the FA Cup after a goal from Trevor Brooking helps them secure 1-0 victory over Arsenal.
  • 14th of May, 1980: 4 white police officers are found not guilty of killing a black insurance executive called Arthur McDuffie. Their acquittal sets off riots in Miami.
  • 16th of May, 1980: The Los Angeles Lakers win the 1980 NBA Finals after they defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 4-2.
  • 18th of May, 1980: The eruption of Mount St. Helens occurs.
  • 18th of May, 1980: Joy Division singer Ian Curtis hangs himself.
  • 21st of May, 1980: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is released.
  • 26th of May, 1980: 2,000 people are killed in South Korea when military forces clash with pro-democracy protesters.
  • 28th of May, 1980: Football: Nottingham Forest win the European Cup after defeating Hamburg 1-0.
  • 1st of June, 1980: A news network called CNN is launched.
  • 9th of June, 1980: Comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned while trying to freebase cocaine.
  • 20th of June, 1980: The Blues Brothers (1980) is released in cinemas.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on the 23rd of May, 1980, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1980 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: The 23rd of May, 1980 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.

Television Shows

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

  • Knots Landing - American soap opera.
  • Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • 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.

"Cockleshell Bay" - "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:

  • Rubik's Cube
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Intellivision (games console)
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • 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 23rd of May:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on the 23rd of May, 1980.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on the 23rd of May, 1980 was probably conceived around the 14th of August, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on the 23rd of May, 1980 is the 2nd of March, 1981. (Rough Estimate).

Computer Games

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

  • Pac-Man - Maze arcade game.
  • Galaxian - Fixed shooter arcade game.
  • 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.

23rd of May

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about the 23rd of May, 1980.

  • 14,618 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,262,995,200 seconds have passed since the 23rd of May, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,473,494,400 times.
  • Since the 23rd of May, 1980, earth has travelled approximately 651,705,523,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 210,499,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 108,617,587 steps. That's about 48,274 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,155,942 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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