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October 13, 1980

October 13, 1980, was a Monday. It was 43 years, 8 months, and 30 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On This Day

What happened on this day?

What happened on October 13, 1980?

  • Garda Seamus Quaid is shot dead by the IRA in County Wexford, Ireland.
Birthdays

Born on October 13, 1980

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 13, 1980:

  • United States: "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen
  • United Kingdom: "Don't Stand So Close To Me" by Police

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 13, 1980

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
  • Woman In Love - Barbra Streisand
  • Upside Down - Diana Ross
  • All Out Of Love - Air Supply
  • Drivin' My Life Away - Eddie Rabbitt
Play the top singles from 1980
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.
Hopscotch

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Hopscotch" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date occurred 15,978 days ago. Approximately 533 months have passed. It was the 287th day of 1980, in week 42. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on October 13, 1980, are now 43 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 1980 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. We have gone through approximately 178 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to October 13, 1980

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

The date is October 13, 1980, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have become much cooler, and the evenings are beginning to get darker. There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. In America, the song "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen is at the top of the singles charts, while "Don't Stand So Close To Me" by Police is the number-one song in the UK.

Jimmy Carter is the President of the United States, and the movie Hopscotch is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Quincy, M.E.", "Eight Is Enough", and "The Facts of Life".

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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Steve McQueen, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Terry Fox would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids", "Galaxian", and "Missile Command". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "The Muppet Show", "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels", and "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon". Children are playing with toys such as Star Wars action figures, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Screwball Scramble, and Space Lego.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 13, 1980.

  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War

    Between September 1980 and August 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
  • 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

    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 October 13, 1980.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around October 13, 1980.

  • September 22, 1980: The Iraq-Iran War begins.
  • September 23, 1980: Bob Marley performs his last concert.
  • September 25, 1980: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham passes away.
  • September 29, 1980: Kenny Rogers releases the song "Lady".
  • October 12, 1980: Actor Dustin Hoffman marries Lisa Jo Gottsegen.
  • This date: October 13, 1980
  • October 23, 1980: John Lennon releases his last single "(Just Like) Starting Over".
  • October 27, 1980:
    • T.Rex musician Steve Peregrin Took dies due to drugs misadventure.
    • English heavy metal band Motörhead release their song "Ace of Spades".
  • November 1, 1980: The now-discredited book "Michelle Remembers" is published. The book helps to kickstart the "Satanic Panic" of the 1980s.
  • November 3, 1980: Dolly Parton releases her song "9 to 5".
  • November 4, 1980: Ronald Reagan is elected as the President of the United States.
  • November 7, 1980:
    • 11-year-old Johan Asplund goes missing in Sundsvall, Sweden.
    • Actor Steve McQueen dies from a heart attack at the age of 50.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 13, 1980, will have the star sign Libra.
  • 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 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 13, 1980 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

Early 1980s fashion

Photographs of early 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on October 13, 1980

TV audiences were watching the following shows on October 13, 1980:

TV shows from October 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
Taxi
Taxi
Dallas
Dallas
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Chips
Chips

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in October 1980

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Thundarr the Barbarian
Thundarr the Barbarian
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
Toys

Toys in 1980

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Space Lego
Space Lego
Fischer Price cassette player
Fischer Price cassette player
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
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)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in October 1980.

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

Were you born on October 13, 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 October 13, 1986, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 13.

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

British Prime Minister Deceased
Born on October 13, 1925
She turned 55 on this day in 1980.

Paul Simon

Paul Simon

Musician
Born on October 13, 1941
He turned 39 on this day in 1980.

Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice

Former NFL player
Born on October 13, 1962
He turned 18 on this day in 1980.

Raquel Lee

Raquel Lee

Actress
Born on October 13, 1986
She was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

US politician
Born on October 13, 1989
She was born exactly 9 years after this date.

Jimin

Jimin

BTS member
Born on October 13, 1995
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Caleb McLaughlin

Caleb McLaughlin

Actor
Born on October 13, 2001
He was born exactly 21 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on October 13:

USA

US President

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on October 13, 1980.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 13, 1980 was most likely conceived around January 21, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 13, 1980 is close to July 6, 1981.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about October 13, 1980:

  • 15,978 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,282 weeks have passed.
  • 1,380,499,200 seconds have passed since October 13, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,610,582,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 712,337,587,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 230,083,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 118,722,931 steps. That's roughly 52,766 miles.
  • 16,565,990 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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