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December 24th, 1980.

December 24th, 1980, was a Wednesday. It was day 359 of 1980. The decade was the 1980s.

40 years, 5 months and 18 days have passed since December 24th, 1980.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on December 24th, 1980?

  • Britain's Roswell: Multiple witnesses report seeing strange lights near the RAF Woodbridge station in Suffolk, England.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 24th, 1980.

  • United States: Starting Over - John Lennon
  • United Kingdom: There's No One Quite Like Grandma - St. Winifred's School Choir
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Take me back to December 24th, 1980!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 24th, 1980 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's Christmas Eve of 1980. The big day is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with people who are trying to do some last-minute shopping.

In America, the song Starting Over by John Lennon is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, There's No One Quite Like Grandma by St. Winifred's School Choir 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Little House on the Prairie", "Chips", "Mork & Mindy" and "Knots Landing".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Asteroids", "Galaxian", "Pac-Man" and "Missile Command". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Battle of the Planets", "Mork & Mindy" and "Cockleshell Bay". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Micronauts, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine and Intellivision (games console).

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 December 24th, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

    Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

    The song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross won a Grammy for 1980's Song of the Year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 40 years, 5 months and 18 days have passed since December 24th, 1980.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 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 24th, 1980, will be 40 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1980 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 346464000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 24th, 1980.

  • December 2nd, 1980: Four American missionaries are raped and murdered by members of the El Salvador National Guard.
  • December 4th, 1980: English rock band Led Zeppelin announce their break-up.
  • December 7th, 1980: American punk singer Darby Crash commits suicide.
  • December 8th, 1980: Beatles legend John Lennon is shot and killed outside of his New York apartment.
  • December 12th, 1980: Stir Crazy (1980) is released in cinemas.
  • December 16th, 1980: KFC founder Colonel Sanders passes away at the age of 90 after a short battle with leukemia.
  • December 17th, 1980: The comedy-action film Any Which Way You Can (1980), is released in cinemas.
  • December 18th, 1980: The former Premier of the Soviet Union, Alexei Kosygin, passes away at the age of 76.
  • December 19th, 1980: The film 9 to 5 (1980) is released in cinemas.
  • This date: December 24th, 1980
  • January 2nd, 1981: Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe (The Yorkshire Ripper) is arrested.
  • January 8th, 1981: UFO case: An unidentified flying object leaves physical evidence in a field outside of Trans-en-Provence in France.
  • January 16th, 1981: Irish civil rights leader Bernadette McAliskey is wounded after loyalist gunmen break into her home in Tyrone and shoot her.
  • January 19th, 1981: Iran hostage crisis: Iran and the United States reach a deal to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
  • January 19th, 1981: 22-year-old American photographer Francesca Woodman commits suicide.
  • January 20th, 1981: Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States.
  • January 20th, 1981: Iran releases 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
  • January 21st, 1981: The first production car of the DMC DeLorean is completed.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 24th, 1980, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • 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: December 24th, 1980 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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.

  • Magnum, P.I. - Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on December 24th, 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
  • 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
  • The Atari 2600
  • Star Wars action figures
  • Lego Technic
  • Micronauts
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Magna Doodle
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.

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 December 24th, 1986 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 24th of December.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 24th of December.

  • Christmas Eve

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on December 24th, 1980.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 24th, 1980.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 24th, 1980 was most likely conceived around the 16th of March, 1980.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 24th, 1980 is close to the 3rd of October, 1981.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 24th, 1980.

  • A total of 14,780 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,111 weeks have passed.
  • 1,276,988,400 seconds have passed since the December 24th, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,489,819,800 times.
  • Since December 24th, 1980, the earth has travelled approximately 658,926,014,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 212,831,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 109,821,002 steps. That's about 48,809 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,323,861 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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