December 24th, 1980

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

39 years, 6 months and 17 days have passed since December 24th, 1980.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 24th, 1980:

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


Music Singles

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

Take Me Back!

The date is December 24th, 1980 and it's a Wednesday. Christmas Day of 1980 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers. 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. 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.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "Columbo.", "Happy Days", "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Dukes of Hazzard". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Pac-Man" and "Missile Command". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Sesame Street", "Happy Days", "Battle of the Planets" and "Cockleshell Bay".

Popular toys include the likes of "Lite-Brite", "Magna Doodle", "Micronauts" and "Rubik's Cube".


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 24th, 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.

  • Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

    "Sailing" by Christopher Cross would go on to win a Grammy for 1980's Song of the Year.

  • Ronald Reagan.

    U.S. President Ronald Reagan was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1980.

  • Ordinary People

    "Ordinary People" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Iran-Iraq War

    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

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 39 years, 6 months and 17 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 39 years of age.
  • 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:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 24th, 1980, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1980 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • 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.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

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

1980 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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"


1980 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1980:

  • Monchhichi / Chicaboo
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Intellivision (games console)
  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Kenner Star Wars action figures
  • Atari 2600
  • Lego Technic
  • Micronauts
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Magna Doodle
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 24th of December:


Holidays

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

  • Christmas Eve

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

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

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 24th, 1980 was probably conceived around the 16th of March, 1980. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 24th, 1980 is the 3rd of October, 1981. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • 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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

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

  • 14,444 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,247,958,000 seconds have passed since the December 24th, 1980.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,455,951,000 times.
  • Since December 24th, 1980, earth has travelled approximately 643,946,328,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 207,993,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 107,324,388 steps. That's about 47,700 miles!
  • Since this date, 14,975,496 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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