Friday December 26, 1980

US date format: 12/26/1980, UK date format: 26/12/1980

It was Friday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 26, 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 Serena Phillips in Corvallis and Todd Dunivant. In that special week of December people in US were listening to (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon. In UK There's No One Quite Like Grandma by St Winifred's School Choir was in the top 5 hits. Secret Valley, directed by Howard Bretherton, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while Firestarter by Stephen King was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Chain Reaction. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Sengoku Ninja Tai or Armor Attack.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • The first day of Christmas in Western Christianity.
  • First day of Kwanzaa
  • Boxing Day in the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Australia - Proclamation Day (South Australian public holiday), for the foundation of the Australian state of South Australia on December 28, 1836 but commemorated on this day.
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Events

  • Richard Chase, the "Vampire of Sacramento," kills himself by overdose on San Quentin prison death row (born 1950).
  • Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service.

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Famous Deaths

  • : American sculptor and educator (d....

Movies

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Secret Valley

Secret Valley

Directed by: Howard Bretherton

Starring: Richard Arlen, Virginia Grey, Norman Willis, Russell Hicks

Island Claws

Island Claws

Directed by: Hernan Cardenas

Starring: Robert Lansing, Steve Hanks, Nita Talbot, Jo McDonnell

Altered States

Altered States

Directed by: Ken Russell

Starring: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Country: United States of America

First Family

First Family

Directed by: Buck Henry

Starring: Bob Newhart, Gilda Radner, Madeline Kahn, Richard Benjamin

Inside Moves

Inside Moves

Directed by: Richard Donner

Starring: John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid, Amy Wright

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TV Series

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Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

Directed by: Andrew Davis

Number 96

Number 96

Directed by: Peter Bernardos

Breaking Away

Breaking Away

Directed by: Peter Yates

The Settlers

The Settlers

Directed by: Shimon Dotan

Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

Days to next December 26

If December 26, 1980 is your birthday you're 39 years, 9 months, 3 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 2 months, 27 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Firestarter by Stephen King

Firestarter

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Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic “terrifying…gripping” (Miami Herald) #1 New York Times bestseller—“his highest farenheit reading yet” (Time)!Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson were once college students looking to make some extra cash, volunteering as test subjects for an …

Peter The Great by Robert K. Massie

Peter The Great

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Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeAgainst the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned co-tsar at the age of ten.

Come Pour The Wine by Cynthia Freeman

Come Pour The Wine

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New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman’s powerful tale of a woman in search of her sacred heritage, who must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for loveNineteen-year-old Janet

Loon Lake by E.L. Doctorow

Loon Lake

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The hero of this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow is Joe, a young man on the run in the depths of the Great Depression.

Crisis Investing by Douglas R. Casey

Crisis Investing

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Crisis Investing

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

The Prisoner

The Prisoner

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Edu-Ware

Sengoku Ninja Tai

Sengoku Ninja Tai

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Action

Publisher: Data East

Rescue at Rigel

Rescue at Rigel

Platform: Apple II, DOS, TRS-80, VIC-20, Commodore PET, Atari 8-bit.

Genre: Sci-Fi CRPG

Publisher: Epyx

Armor Attack

Armor Attack

Platform: Arcade Game (original) Vectrex

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Cinematronics Sega (Japan)

Wizard of Wor

Wizard of Wor

Platform: Arcade, ported to Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Bally Astrocade

Genre: Action/maze

Publisher: Midway; CBS Electronics (Atari 2600); Roklan (Atari 8-bit)

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 26, 1980?

On December 26, 1980 the day of the week was Friday.

What zodiac sign is December 26, 1980?

On December 26, 1980 the zodiac sign was Capricorn.

Who was the US President on December 26, 1980?

On December 26, 1980 the US President was Jimmy Carter (Democrat).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 26, 1980?

On December 26, 1980 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on December 26, 1980?

On December 26, 1980 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on December 26, 1980?

On December 26, 1980 several famous people were born including, Serena Phillips in Corvallis, Todd Dunivant, Tomoko Tabata.

Which famous people died on December 26, 1980?

Famous people died on December 26, 1980 include, Tony Smith.

What was the number one song in December 26, 1980?

The number one song in the week of December 26, 1980 was (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon in US and There's No One Quite Like Grandma by St Winifred's School Choir in UK.

What were the top hits on December 26, 1980?

The top hits on December 26, 1980 were (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon, More Than I Can Say by Leo Sayer, Love On The Rocks by Neil Diamond in US and There's No One Quite Like Grandma by St Winifred's School Choir, Super Trouper by Abba in UK.


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