Saturday August 16, 1980

US date format: 8/16/1980, UK date format: 16/8/1980

It was Saturday, under the sign of Leo (see zodiac on August 16, 1980). The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Vanessa Carlton and Julien Absalon. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Magic by Olivia Newton-John. In UK The Winner Takes It All by Abba was in the top 5 hits. The Constant Factor, directed by Krzysztof Zanussi, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while The Brethren by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Coming Home. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Rogue or SOS.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

You can also have a look at the year 1980, at August 16 across the years or at August 1980 calendar.

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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • RC saints: feast day of Saint Stephen I of Hungary; Saint Roch (helps against plague and skin diseases)
  • USA: legal holiday in Vermont for the Battle of Bennington in 1777 (which actually took place in the state of New York)
  • Palio dell'Assunta in Siena
  • Eastern Orthodox: commemoration of the translation of the Acheiropoietos icon which means "Not made by hands", (also known as the Mandelion; now lost) from Edessa to Constantinople on 16 August 944

Events

  • Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
  • Jools Holland quits Squeeze

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Movies

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The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

Directed by: John Landis

Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Country: United States of America

Airplane!

Airplane!

Directed by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Country: United States of America

Be-Reham

Be-Reham

Directed by: Raghunath Jhalani

Starring: Sanjeev Kumar, Mala Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha, Reena Roy

Caddyshack

Caddyshack

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Country: United States of America

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Directed by: Dennis Hopper

Starring: Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell, Don Gordon

TV Series

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Coming Home

Coming Home

Directed by: Layne McDonald

Games People Play

Games People Play

The Whisper of Glocken

The Whisper of Glocken

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Directed by: Harry Aldous

Starring: Paul Honeyman

Nobody's Perfect

Nobody's Perfect

Starring: Ron Moody, Cassie Yates, Michael Durrell, Victor Brandt

Country: United States of America

Vakáción a Mézga-család

Vakáción a Mézga-család

Starring: Endre Harkányi, Ilona Györi, Margit Földessy, Péter Geszti

Country: Hungary

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Magazine Covers

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Books

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The Brethren by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong

The Brethren

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The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action.Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief

Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon

Rage of Angels

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A memorable, mesmerizing heroineJennifer -- brilliant, beautiful, an attorney on the way up until the Mafia's schemes win her the hatred of an implacable enemy -- and a love more destructive than hate.A

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER His memory is a blank. His bullet-ridden body was fished from the Mediterranean Sea. His face has been altered by plastic surgery.

Sins Of The Fathers by Susan Howatch

Sins Of The Fathers

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"Full of fascinating dialogue, surprising twists of plot, and well-developed, memorable characters, a stunningly successful work of fiction."NASHVILLE BANNERThis is the tumultuous novel of men and women pitted against a world

The Devil'S Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

The Devil'S Alternative

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Frederick Forsyth delivers a frighteningly possible novel of international terrorism and impending war… As the Russian people face starvation, the Politburo is faced with a

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Windfall

Windfall

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Business simulation

Publisher: Edu-Ware

Rogue

Rogue

Platform: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, TRS-80 CoCo, Unix, ZX Spectrum

Genre: Roguelike

Mission Asteroid

Mission Asteroid

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64

Genre: Adventure

SOS

SOS

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Namco

Boxing

Boxing

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Fighting, Sports

Publisher: Activision

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on August 16, 1980?

On August 16, 1980 the day of the week was Saturday.

What zodiac sign is August 16, 1980?

On August 16, 1980 the zodiac sign was Leo.

Who was the US President on August 16, 1980?

On August 16, 1980 the US President was Jimmy Carter (Democrat).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on August 16, 1980?

On August 16, 1980 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on August 16, 1980?

On August 16, 1980 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on August 16, 1980?

On August 16, 1980 several famous people were born including, Vanessa Carlton, Julien Absalon, Bob Hardy.

What was the number one song in August 16, 1980?

The number one song in the week of August 16, 1980 was Magic by Olivia Newton-John in US and The Winner Takes It All by Abba in UK.

What were the top hits on August 16, 1980?

The top hits on August 16, 1980 were Magic by Olivia Newton-John, Sailing by Christopher Cross, Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1 by The S.O.S. Band in US and The Winner Takes It All by Abba, Upside Down by Diana Ross, Ashes To Ashes by David Bowie in UK.


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