How many years ago was 1984?

1984 was 40 years ago.

Forty years have passed between May 18th, 1984, and May 18th, 2024. It was 14,610 days ago.

How long ago was 1984?

To put into perspective how long ago 1984 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1984 are now 53–59 years old.
  • Four decades have passed since then.
  • People were still listening to music on portable cassette players called Walkmans.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System still hadn't been released in the United States.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • Mullets were "everywhere".
  • Most offices were still using typewriters. It wasn't until the nineties that PCs began to take over.
  • 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 60 inches since 1984.
  • There have been roughly 2,080 weekends since then.
  • Names such as Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Oprah Winfrey, Johnny Depp, Guns N' Roses, Mike Tyson, Nicolas Cage, and Hulk Hogan were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Say Say Say" by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" by Yes, "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club, "Jump" by Van Halen, "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins, and "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins.
  • Films such as "Terms of Endearment", "Silkwood", "Unfaithfully Yours (1984)", "Footloose", "Splash", and "Police Academy" were playing at movie theaters in 1984.
  • Ronald Reagan was still the President of the United States.
  • Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • The Earth has travelled 180 billion miles through space since 1984.
  • Most cars didn't have electric windows.
  • 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".
  • Video games such as "Tetris" and "Duck Hunt" were released that year.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 100 centimeters since 1984.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 80–120 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 160 seasons of weather.
  • "The Cosby Show", "Murder, She Wrote", "Miami Vice", "Who's the Boss?", "Sherlock Holmes", and "The Transformers" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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