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October 17th, 1980.

October 17th, 1980, was a Friday. It was day 291 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

41 years and 5 days have passed since October 17th, 1980.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 17th, 1980.

  • United States: Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
  • United Kingdom: Don't Stand So Close To Me - Police
Play the top hits 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.
Private Benjamin

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Private Benjamin" was at the top of the box office on October 17th, 1980.

Take me back to October 17th, 1980!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 17th, 1980 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Another One Bites The Dust by Queen is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Don't Stand So Close To Me by Police is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States and the movie Private Benjamin is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister.

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

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Little House on the Prairie", "Quincy, M.E.", "The Incredible Hulk" and "Mork & Mindy". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Asteroids", "Pac-Man" and "Missile Command". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Muppet Show" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Big Jim (action figure), Star Wars action figures and Big wheel (tricycle).

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 October 17th, 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Who were the best football players 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.

  • 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 as 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.

  • The Atari 2600.

    The Atari 2600.

    During this period, the Atari 2600 was the dominant game system.

  • The Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis was ongoing during this period. 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 U.S. 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 and more common.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 41 years and 5 days have passed since October 17th, 1980.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 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 October 17th, 1980, will be 41 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1980 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 340585200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 17th, 1980.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 17th, 1980, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 17th, 1980 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

TV shows from October, 1980.

  • Knots Landing - American soap opera.
  • Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • 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.
  • Eight Is Enough - Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.
  • Three's Company - Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
  • Quincy, M.E. - TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.
  • Charlie's Angels - TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.
  • The Muppet Show - American TV show that included characters such as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
  • Laverne & Shirley - Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
  • The Jeffersons - TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.
  • Little House on the Prairie - TV show that was set in the 1870s.

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.

Kid's TV shows on October 17th, 1980.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1980.

  • Thundarr the Barbarian
  • 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
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Strawberry Shortcake dolls
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Intellivision (games console)
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • The Atari 2600
  • Star Wars action figures
  • Lego Technic
  • Micronauts
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Magna Doodle
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Lite-Brite

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Missile Command 1980

    Missile Command
    Arcade game developed by Atari.

  • Pac-Man 1980

    Pac-Man
    Maze arcade game.

  • Galaxian 1980

    Galaxian
    Fixed shooter arcade game.

  • Asteroids 1979

    Asteroids
    Space-themed shooter arcade game.

  • Lunar Lander 1979

    Lunar Lander
    In which the player controls a lunar landing module.

  • Space Invaders 1978

    Space Invaders
    Shooter arcade game.

  • Breakout 1976

    Breakout
    Arcade game published by Atari.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out October 17th, 1986 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 17th.

Norm Macdonald

Comedian. Deceased
Born on October 17th, 1959
He turned 21 on this day in 1980.

Ziggy Marley

Musician.
Born on October 17th, 1968
He turned 12 on this day in 1980.

Wyclef Jean

Singer.
Born on October 17th, 1969
He turned 11 on this day in 1980.

Eminem

Rap singer.
Born on October 17th, 1972
He turned 8 on this day in 1980.

Simon Harris

Irish politician.
Born on October 17th, 1986
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Charles Oliveira

Brazilian MMA fighter.
Born on October 17th, 1989
He was born exactly 9 years after this date.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on October 17th, 1980.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 17th, 1980.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 17th, 1980 was most likely conceived around the 8th of January, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 17th, 1980 is close to the 27th of July, 1981.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 17th, 1980.

  • A total of 14,980 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,140 weeks have passed.
  • 1,294,272,000 seconds have passed since the October 17th, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,509,984,000 times.
  • Since October 17th, 1980, the earth has travelled approximately 667,844,352,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 215,712,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 111,307,392 steps. That's about 49,470 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,531,264 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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