December 17th, 1980, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 352 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.
40 years, 1 months and 6 days have passed since December 17th, 1980.
On This Date
Events that occurred on December 17th, 1980:
The comedy-action film Any Which Way You Can (1980), is released in cinemas.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1980:
United States: Lady - Kenny Rogers
United Kingdom: Starting Over - John Lennon
Take Me Back!
The date is December 17th, 1980 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1980 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio.
In America, the song Lady by Kenny Rogers is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Starting Over by John Lennon 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 "M*A*S*H", "Happy Days", "The Jeffersons" and "The Incredible Hulk".
Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Space Invaders", "Galaxian", "Pac-Man" and "Missile Command". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "The Muppet Show" and "Battle of the Planets". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Micronauts", "Lego Technic", "Atari 2600" 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 December 17th, 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.
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" 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.
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.
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.
Between the 22nd of September, 1980, and the 20th of August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
Basic facts and information about this date:
40 years, 1 months and 6 days have passed since December 17th, 1980.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 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 December 17th, 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 345859200.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around December 17th, 1980:
November 21st, 1980: 85 people are killed when a fire breaks out at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
November 23rd, 1980: Over 2,000 people are killed after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes the Irpinia region of Italy.
December 2nd, 1980: Four American missionaries are raped and murdered by members of the El Salvador National Guard.
Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.
UK Prime Minister
Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1980?
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?
Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on December 17th, 1980 was probably conceived around the 9th of March, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 17th, 1980 is the 26th of September, 1981. (Rough Estimate).
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about December 17th, 1980.
14,647 days have passed since this date.
1,265,500,800 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 1980.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,476,417,600 times.
Since December 17th, 1980, earth has travelled approximately 652,998,412,800 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 210,916,800 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 108,833,069 steps. That's about 48,370 miles!
Since this date, 15,186,010 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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