May 23rd, 1980, fell on a Friday. It was day 144 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.
40 years, 6 months and 6 days have passed since May 23rd, 1980.
On This Date
Events that occurred on May 23rd, 1980:
The Shining (1980) is released in cinemas.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 23rd, 1980:
United States: Call Me - Blondie
United Kingdom: What's Another Year - Johnny Logan
Take Me Back!
The date is May 23rd, 1980 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Gemini. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.
The summer of 1980 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Call Me by Blondie is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, What's Another Year by Johnny Logan 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.
In movie theaters, the film "The Empire Strikes Back" is being shown. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Columbo.", "Charlie's Angels", "The Incredible Hulk" and "Trapper John, M.D.". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Lunar Lander", "Galaxian" and "Pac-Man".
Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Muppet Show", "Battle of the Planets" and "Diff'rent Strokes". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "VertiBird (toy helicopter)", "Star Wars action figures", "Hungry Hungry Hippos" and "Water Ring Toss".
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 May 23rd, 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.
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.
The Empire Strikes Back.
"The Empire Strikes Back" was being shown in movie theaters at this time.
Basic facts and information about this date:
40 years, 6 months and 6 days have passed since May 23rd, 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 May 23rd, 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 May 23rd, 1980:
April 24th, 1980: Operation Eagle Claw: U.S. President Jimmy Carter aborts an attempt to rescue 52 hostages in Iran.
Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.
UK Prime Minister
Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 23rd, 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 May 23rd, 1980 was probably conceived around the 14th of August, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 23rd, 1980 is the 2nd of March, 1981. (Rough Estimate).
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.
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about May 23rd, 1980.
14,800 days have passed since this date.
1,278,723,600 seconds have passed since the May 23rd, 1980.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,491,844,200 times.
Since May 23rd, 1980, earth has travelled approximately 659,821,377,600 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 213,120,600 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 109,970,230 steps. That's about 48,876 miles!
Since this date, 15,344,683 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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