May 28, 1980

May 28, 1980, was a Wednesday. It was 44 years, 1 month, and 16 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On This Day


Notable events that occurred on May 28, 1980:

  • Football: Nottingham Forest win the European Cup after defeating Hamburg 1-0.

Born on May 28, 1980

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On May 28, 1980, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Funky Town" by Lipps Inc.
  • United Kingdom: "Suicide Is Painless" by MASH

The music charts on May 28, 1980

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Call Me - Blondie
  • Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.
  • Lost In Love - Air Supply
  • Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer - Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes
  • Sexy Eyes - Dr. Hook
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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.
The Empire Strikes Back

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "The Empire Strikes Back".


This date was 16,117 days ago. Approximately 537 months have passed. It was the 149th day of 1980, in week 22. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 44 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 1980 had 366 days because it was a leap year. 179 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to May 28, 1980

Let's go back to the eighties.

It is Wednesday, May 28, 1980. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Gemini. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

The summer of 1980 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In the United States, the Memorial Day weekend of 1980 has recently come and gone. To many, this means that the summer has officially started. In America, the song "Funky Town" by Lipps Inc. is at the top of the singles charts, while "Suicide Is Painless" by MASH is the number-one song in the UK.

Jimmy Carter is the President of the United States, and the movie The Empire Strikes Back is at the top of the box office. 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 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 1970s 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Dorothy Stratten, Steve McQueen, John Lennon, and Bob Marley would all still be alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Little House on the Prairie", "The Jeffersons", "Charlie's Angels", and "Trapper John, M.D.". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Galaxian", and "Pac-Man". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Sesame Street", "Happy Days", "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels", and "Cockleshell Bay".

Popular toys at the moment include VertiBird (toy helicopter), Dungeons & Dragons, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Screwball Scramble.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 28, 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.
  • 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 1980s 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. 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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    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 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.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600

    The Atari 2600 was the dominant video game system.
  • The Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis

    The Iran hostage crisis was ongoing. 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 US 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 common.
  • Wallpaper.


    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on May 28, 1980.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to May 28, 1980.

  • April 29, 1980: English film director Alfred Hitchcock passes away at the age of 80.
  • April 30, 1980: Six Iranian-born terrorists take over the Iranian embassy in London.
  • May 4, 1980: Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito dies.
  • May 9, 1980: Friday the 13th (1980) is released.
  • May 10, 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 14, 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 16, 1980:
    • The Los Angeles Lakers win the 1980 NBA Finals after they defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 4-2.
    • The teen drama film "Fame" is released.
  • May 18, 1980:
    • The eruption of Mount St. Helens occurs.
    • Joy Division singer Ian Curtis hangs himself.
  • May 21, 1980: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is released.
  • May 23, 1980:
    • The Shining (1980) is released in cinemas.
    • NBA player Terry Furlow dies in a car accident in Linndale, Ohio.
  • May 25, 1980: 13-year-old Philippe Pignot goes missing in La Morte in southeastern France.
  • May 26, 1980: 2,000 people are killed in South Korea when military forces clash with pro-democracy protesters.
  • May 27, 1980: American mobster Henry Hill agrees to become an informant.
  • This date: May 28, 1980
  • June 1, 1980: CNN is launched.
  • June 3, 1980: A bomb explodes in the museum at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
  • June 9, 1980: Comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned while trying to freebase cocaine.
  • June 10, 1980: The President of United Airlines, Percy Woods, is injured by a bomb sent by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
  • June 20, 1980: The Blues Brothers (1980) is released in cinemas.
  • June 22, 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.
  • June 27, 1980:
    • Ustica massacre: 81 people die after Itavia Flight 870 crashes off the Italian islands of Ponza and Ustica.
    • English rock band Joy Division release their song "Love Will Tear Us Apart".
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 28, 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 28, 1980 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1980

In May 1980, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from May 1980.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunker's Place
Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
The Love Boat
The Love Boat

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.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on May 28, 1980

If you were a kid on May 28, 1980, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

Cockleshell Bay
Cockleshell Bay
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

Popular toys and games in 1980

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
Intellivision (games console)
Intellivision (games console)
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
The 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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 1980.

Pac-Man 1980
Galaxian 1980
Asteroids 1979
Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Breakout 1976

Were you born on May 28, 1980?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 28, 1986, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 28.

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

Actor Deceased
Born on May 28, 1962
He turned 18 on this day in 1980.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Australian singer
Born on May 28, 1968
She turned 12 on this day in 1980.

Rob Ford

Rob Ford

Canadian politician Deceased
Born on May 28, 1969
He turned 11 on this day in 1980.

Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce

Actor Deceased
Born on May 28, 1999
He was born exactly 19 years after this date.

Phil Foden

Phil Foden

Soccer player
Born on May 28, 2000
He was born exactly 20 years after this date.


US President

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on May 28, 1980.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 28, 1980 was most likely conceived around September 5, 1979.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 28, 1980 is close to February 18, 1981.

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Stats for May 28, 1980


Here are some interesting statistics about May 28, 1980:

  • 16,117 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,302 weeks have passed.
  • 1,392,508,800 seconds have passed since May 28, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,624,593,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 718,534,540,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 232,084,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 119,755,757 steps. That's roughly 53,225 miles.
  • 16,710,106 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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