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How many years ago was 1980?

1980 was 44 years ago.

44 years have passed between March 1st, 1980, and March 1st, 2024. It was 16,071 days ago.

How long ago was 1980?

To put into perspective how long ago 1980 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1980 are now 57–63 years old.
  • Four decades have passed since then.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • America's involvement in the Vietnam War had only ended seven years previously.
  • Most offices were still using typewriters. It wasn't until the nineties that PCs began to take over.
  • In 1980, nobody knew that AIDS existed.
  • The Internet wasn't invented yet.
  • Motorists had to rely on printed maps and directions to get to places. GPS systems didn't appear until more than a decade later.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 65 inches since 1980.
  • There have been roughly 2,288 weekends since then.
  • Names such as Madonna, Metallica, Phil Collins, George Michael, Michael Keaton, and Diego Maradona were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Escape (Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes, "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson, "Do That To Me One More Time" by Captain & Tenille, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen, "Another Brick In The Wall" by Pink Floyd, and "Call Me" by Blondie.
  • Films such as "Stir Crazy", "Flash Gordon", "Private Benjamin", "Hopscotch", "The Exterminator", and "Smokey and the Bandit II" were playing at movie theaters in 1980.
  • Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • The Earth has travelled 198 billion miles through space since 1980.
  • Most cars didn't have electric windows.
  • Costco didn't exist.
  • There was no such thing as "Chicken McNuggets."
  • Although TV remote controls existed, many homes did not have them.
  • Microwave ovens were only starting to become a common fixture in kitchens.
  • There was no such thing as "Gangsta rap".
  • The term "serial killer" hadn't been coined yet.
  • Bob Marley was still alive.
  • Video games such as "Galaxian", "Pac-Man", and "Missile Command" were released that year.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 110 centimeters since 1980.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 88–132 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 176 seasons of weather.
  • Camcorders weren't a thing yet. Video cameras were heavy and often had to be mounted on special supports.

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