August 26th, 1980

August 26th, 1980, fell on a Tuesday. It was day 239 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

39 years, 11 months and 13 days have passed since August 26th, 1980.


Born On This Date

People who were born on this exact date:

  • Born on this exact date: Macaulay Culkin: Actor.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 26th, 1980:

  • United States: Sailing - Christopher Cross
  • United Kingdom: Ashes To Ashes - David Bowie

Take Me Back!

The date is August 26th, 1980 and it's a Tuesday. The summer of 1980 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. In America, the song Sailing by Christopher Cross is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Ashes To Ashes by David Bowie 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", "Eight Is Enough", "Mork & Mindy" and "Archie Bunker's Place". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids" and "Pac-Man". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Sesame Street", "Happy Days" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

Popular toys include the likes of "Big Jim (action figure)", "Lego Technic", "Atari 2600" and "Intellivision (games console)".


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 26th, 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:

  • 39 years, 11 months and 13 days have passed since August 26th, 1980.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 35 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 26th, 1980, will be 39 years of age.
  • People born in 1980 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 336092400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 26th, 1980:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 26th, 1980, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1980 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 26th, 1980 falls under the Bear.
  • 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 26th of August:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on August 26th, 1980.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 26th, 1980 was probably conceived around the 17th of November, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 26th, 1980 is the 5th of June, 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 26th, 1980.

  • 14,592 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,260,748,800 seconds have passed since the August 26th, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,470,873,600 times.
  • Since August 26th, 1980, earth has travelled approximately 650,546,380,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 210,124,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 108,424,397 steps. That's about 48,189 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,128,986 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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