August 1st, 1980

August 1st, 1980, fell on a Friday. It was day 214 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

40 years, 1 months and 21 days have passed since August 1st, 1980.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 1st, 1980:

  • 18 people die after a train crashes at Buttevant Railway Station in Cork, Ireland.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 1st, 1980:

  • United States: Magic - Olivia Newton-John
  • United Kingdom: Use It Up And Wear It Out - Odyssey

Take Me Back!

The date is August 1st, 1980 and it's a Friday. People are looking forward to the weekend. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song Magic by Olivia Newton-John 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.

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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "M*A*S*H", "Happy Days", "Three's Company" and "Taxi". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids", "Galaxian" and "Missile Command".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Happy Days" and "Mork & Mindy". Popular toys include the likes of "Magna Doodle", "Micronauts", "Speak & Spell" and "Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine".


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 August 1st, 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.

  • 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, 1 months and 21 days have passed since August 1st, 1980.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 31 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 August 1st, 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 333932400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 1st, 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.
  • July 25th, 1980: The comedy movie Caddyshack (1980) is released.
  • July 25th, 1980: The album Back in Black is released by AC/DC.
  • 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 19th, 1980: 301 people are killed after Saudia Flight 163 catches fire.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 1st, 1980, will have the star sign Leo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (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).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 1st, 1980 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

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

  • 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.

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:

  • 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
  • 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 1st of August:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on August 1st, 1980.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 1st, 1980 was probably conceived around the 23rd of October, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 1st, 1980 is the 11th of May, 1981. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

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

  • 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.

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 1st, 1980.

  • 14,662 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,266,796,800 seconds have passed since the August 1st, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,477,929,600 times.
  • Since August 1st, 1980, earth has travelled approximately 653,667,148,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 211,132,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 108,944,525 steps. That's about 48,420 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,201,562 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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