August 30th, 1980

August 30th, 1980, fell on a Saturday. It was day 243 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

40 years, 3 months and 4 days have passed since August 30th, 1980.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 30th, 1980:

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

Take Me Back!

The date is August 30th, 1980 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

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 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.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "The Muppet Show", "Charlie's Angels", "Hart to Hart" and "Archie Bunker's Place". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids", "Galaxian" and "Missile Command". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Sesame Street" and "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Dungeons & Dragons", "Simon (memory game)", "Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine" and "Rubik's Cube".


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 30th, 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.

  • 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:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 40 years, 3 months and 4 days have passed since August 30th, 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 30th, 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 336438000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 30th, 1980:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 30th, 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 30th, 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
  • Atari 2600
  • Star Wars action figures
  • 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 30th of August:


US President

Who was the US President on August 30th, 1980?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 30th, 1980?

  • Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 30th, 1980 was probably conceived around the 21st of November, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 30th, 1980 is the 9th 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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 30th, 1980.

  • 14,705 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,270,515,600 seconds have passed since the August 30th, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,482,268,200 times.
  • Since August 30th, 1980, earth has travelled approximately 655,586,049,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 211,752,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 109,264,342 steps. That's about 48,562 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,246,187 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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