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May 23rd, 1980.

May 23rd, 1980, was a Friday. It was day 144 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

41 years, 2 months and 1 days have passed since May 23rd, 1980.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On this day.

What happened on May 23rd, 1980?

  • The Shining (1980) is released in cinemas.
  • NBA player Terry Furlow dies in a car accident in Linndale, Ohio.

Music charts.

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
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Friday the 13th

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Friday the 13th" was at the top of the box office on May 23rd, 1980.

Take me back to May 23rd, 1980!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

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 the movie Friday the 13th 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. In movie theaters, the film "The Empire Strikes Back" is being shown. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Taxi", "Hart to Hart", "Archie Bunker's Place" and "Knots Landing".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids" and "Pac-Man". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Happy Days", "Mork & Mindy" and "Cockleshell Bay". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Atari 2600, Speak & Spell, Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine and Strawberry Shortcake dolls.

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 May 23rd, 1980.

  • The Empire Strikes Back is released.

    The Empire Strikes Back is released.

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

  • Ian Curtis commits suicide.

    Ian Curtis commits suicide.

    On May 18th, 1980, Joy Division singer Ian Curtis committed suicide at the age of 23.

  • Fame is showing at movie theaters.

    Fame is showing at movie theaters.

    The teen drama film "Fame" was playing at movie theaters at this time.

  • 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.

  • 41 years, 2 months and 1 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 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 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.
  • April 25th, 1980: Dan-Air Flight 1008 crashes in Tenerife, killing 146 people.
  • April 26th, 1980: 14-year-old Laureen Rahn goes missing from her apartment in Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • April 29th, 1980: English film director Alfred Hitchcock passes away at the age of 80.
  • April 30th, 1980: Six Iranian-born terrorists take over the Iranian embassy in London.
  • May 4th, 1980: Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito dies.
  • May 9th, 1980: Friday the 13th (1980) is released.
  • May 10th, 1980: FA Cup 1980: West Ham win the FA Cup after a goal from Trevor Brooking helps them secure 1-0 victory over Arsenal.
  • May 14th, 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.
  • May 16th, 1980: The Los Angeles Lakers win the 1980 NBA Finals after they defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 4-2.
  • May 16th, 1980: The teen drama film "Fame" is released.
  • May 18th, 1980: The eruption of Mount St. Helens occurs.
  • May 18th, 1980: Joy Division singer Ian Curtis hangs himself.
  • May 21st, 1980: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is released.
  • This date: May 23rd, 1980
  • May 25th, 1980: 13-year-old Philippe Pignot goes missing in La Morte in southeastern France.
  • May 26th, 1980: 2,000 people are killed in South Korea when military forces clash with pro-democracy protesters.
  • May 28th, 1980: Football: Nottingham Forest win the European Cup after defeating Hamburg 1-0.
  • June 1st, 1980: A news network called CNN is launched.
  • June 9th, 1980: Comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned while trying to freebase cocaine.
  • June 20th, 1980: The Blues Brothers (1980) is released in cinemas.
  • June 22nd, 1980: A late 88th minute goal from Horst Hrubesch helps West Germany to seal a 2-1 victory over Belgium in the UEFA Euro 1980 Final.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 23rd, 1980, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Taurus.
  • 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 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 23rd, 1980 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

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 May 23rd, 1980.

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

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.

  • 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.

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 May 23rd, 1986 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 23rd.

John Bardeen

American physicist. Deceased
Born on May 23rd, 1908
He turned 72 on this day in 1980.

Bill Barr

US Attorney General.
Born on May 23rd, 1950
He turned 30 on this day in 1980.

Drew Carey

Actor.
Born on May 23rd, 1958
He turned 22 on this day in 1980.

Melissa McBride

Actress.
Born on May 23rd, 1965
She turned 15 on this day in 1980.

Aaron Donald

NFL player.
Born on May 23rd, 1991
He was born exactly 11 years after this date.

James Charles

Internet personality.
Born on May 23rd, 1999
He was born exactly 19 years after this date.

US President.

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

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 23rd, 1980.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 23rd, 1980 was most likely conceived around the 14th of August, 1979.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 23rd, 1980 is close to the 2nd of March, 1981.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 15,037 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,148 weeks have passed.
  • 1,299,196,800 seconds have passed since the May 23rd, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,515,729,600 times.
  • Since May 23rd, 1980, the earth has travelled approximately 670,385,548,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 216,532,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 111,730,925 steps. That's about 49,658 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,590,362 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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