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July 24th, 1980.

July 24th, 1980, was a Thursday. It was day 206 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

40 years, 9 months and 16 days have passed since July 24th, 1980.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on July 24th, 1980.

  • United States: It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - Billy Joel
  • United Kingdom: Use It Up And Wear It Out - Odyssey

Take me back to July 24th, 1980!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is July 24th, 1980 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song It's Still Rock And Roll To Me by Billy Joel is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Use It Up And Wear It Out by Odyssey 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Little House on the Prairie", "The Jeffersons", "Charlie's Angels" and "Dallas".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Asteroids", "Pac-Man" and "Missile Command". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Happy Days" and "Diff'rent Strokes". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of VertiBird (toy helicopter), Dungeons & Dragons, Water Ring Toss and Simon (memory game).

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 July 24th, 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.

  • Ronald Reagan.

    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.

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

  • 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.

    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.

  • Heat Wave.

    Throughout the summer of 1980, the United States suffered a heat wave. The heat wave, which affected the Midwest and the Southern Plains, claimed the lives of over 1,700 people.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 40 years, 9 months and 16 days have passed since July 24th, 1980.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 30 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 July 24th, 1980, will be 40 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1980 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 333241200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around July 24th, 1980.

  • July 2nd, 1980: The movie Airplane! (1980) is released.
  • July 16th, 1980: Ronald Reagan is nominated as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Presidential election.
  • July 21st, 1980: The body of unidentified murder victim "Eklutna Annie" is discovered in Eklutna, Anchorage.
  • This date: July 24th, 1980
  • July 25th, 1980: The comedy movie Caddyshack (1980) is released.
  • July 25th, 1980: The album Back in Black is released by AC/DC.
  • August 1st, 1980: 18 people die after a train crashes at Buttevant Railway Station in Cork, Ireland.
  • August 2nd, 1980: 85 people are killed when terrorists detonate bombs at the railway station in Bologna, Italy.
  • August 14th, 1980: Canadian Playboy model Dorothy Stratten is murdered by her husband.
  • August 16th, 1980: 37 people are killed after an arsonist sets fire to a bar in Denmark Place, London.
  • August 19th, 1980: 301 people are killed after Saudia Flight 163 catches fire.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 24th, 1980, will have the star sign Leo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1980 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 22.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 24th, 1980 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

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.

Kid's TV shows on July 24th, 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.

  • Monchhichi / Chicaboo
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • 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.

  • Missile Command - Arcade game developed by Atari.
  • 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.

1980 playlist.

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.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 24th of July.

  • July 24th, 1897: Amelia Earhart (American aviation pioneer) (Deceased)
  • July 24th, 1963: Karl Malone (NBA player) turned 17 on this day in 1980.
  • July 24th, 1969: Jennifer Lopez (Singer / Actress) turned 11 on this day in 1980.
  • July 24th, 1987: Mara Wilson (Actress (Matilda)) was born exactly 7 years after this date.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on July 24th, 1980.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 24th, 1980.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 24th, 1980 was most likely conceived around the 15th of October, 1979.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 24th, 1980 is close to the 3rd of May, 1981.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about July 24th, 1980.

  • A total of 14,899 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,128 weeks have passed.
  • 1,287,273,600 seconds have passed since the July 24th, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,501,819,200 times.
  • Since July 24th, 1980, the earth has travelled approximately 664,233,177,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 214,545,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 110,705,530 steps. That's about 49,202 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,447,283 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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