December 21st, 1980, was a Sunday. It was Day 356 of 1980. The decade was the Eighties.
42 years, 5 months, and 6 days have passed since December 21st, 1980.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
People who were born on this exact date.
These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 21st, 1980.
A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date:
The top movie on this date was "Stir Crazy".
Let's take a walk down memory lane.
The date is December 21st, 1980, and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.
Christmas Day of 1980 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers. In America, the song Lady by Kenny Rogers is at the top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Starting Over by John Lennon is the number-one hit song.
Jimmy Carter is the President of the United States, and the movie Stir Crazy 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 "Charlie's Angels", "Taxi", "WKRP in Cincinnati", 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 Bob Marley, Terry Fox, Adam Walsh, and Bill Shankly would all still be alive.
People are playing video games such as "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander", "Asteroids", and "Galaxian". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Mork & Mindy", and "Casper and the Angels". Children are playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Simon (memory game), Speak & Spell, and Fischer Price cassette player.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 21st, 1980.
Christmas 1980 was just days away. The decorations were up, festive music was playing on the radio, people were buying last-minute presents for their loved ones, and stores were packed with shoppers. Schools, colleges, and non-retail businesses were also beginning to close for the holiday season.
Between September 1980 and August 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
Popular music artists in 1980 included Blondie, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Jackson, Captain & Tennille, Queen, Paul McCartney and Lipps Inc.
The best NBA players in 1980 were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, Larry Bird, George Gervin and Paul Westphal.
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.
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.
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.
The film "Ordinary People" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1980.
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.
The song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross won a Grammy for 1980's Song of the Year.
Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
The Atari 2600 was the dominant video game system.
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.
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.
In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more common.
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.
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Television shows that people were watching in December 1980.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
American soap opera.
Archie Bunker's Place
Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
Trapper John, M.D.
Hart to Hart
TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.
The Facts of Life
Sitcom about a girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. Starring Charlotte Rae as housemother Edna Garrett.
The Dukes of Hazzard
American television series.
WKRP in Cincinnati
Sitcom about staff members who work at a radio station in Cincinnati.
American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.
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.
TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.
Comedy series / satire about soap operas. Starring Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas.
Eight Is Enough
Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.
TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
Sitcom about a police station in New York City. Starring Hal Linden as Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller.
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.
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1980.
Thundarr the Barbarian
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
Mork & Mindy
Battle of the Planets
The All New Popeye Hour
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
The Muppet Show
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The Bugs Bunny Show
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1980.
Fischer Price cassette player
Monchhichi / Chicaboo
Strawberry Shortcake dolls
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
Intellivision (games console)
The 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
Dungeons & Dragons
Big Jim (action figure)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
Popular video games that people were playing in December of 1980.
Arcade game developed by Atari.
Maze arcade game.
Fixed shooter arcade game.
Space-themed shooter arcade game.
In which the player controls a lunar landing module.
Shooter arcade game.
Arcade game published by Atari.
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 December 21st, 1986, instead.
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Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on December 21st, 1980.
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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