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1980 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1980 40 Years Ago | History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl XIV Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
|Los Angeles Lakers|
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|New York Islanders|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|John McEnroe/Chris Evert Lloyd|
|Bjorn Borg/Evonne Cawley|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1980 - Oklahoma over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1980 - USC over Ohio State
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1980 - Alabama over Arkansas
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Innisfree's Sierra Cinnar|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Cheryl Prewitt (Ackerman, MS)|
|Shawn Weatherly (South Carolina) /Jineane Ford (Arizona)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Kim Alexis, Carol Alt, Loni Anderson, Susan Anton, Barbara Bach, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Valerie Bertinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Gia Carangi, Lynda Carter, Charo, Lydia Cornell, Bo Derek, Janice Dickinson, Morgan Fairchild, Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher, Jane Fonda, Karen Graham, Erin Gray, Shelly Hack, Debbie Harry, Goldie Hawn, Marilu Henner, Lauren Hutton, Iman, Cheryl Ladd, Audrey Landers, Judy Landers, Jessica Lange, Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Victoria Principal, Tanya Roberts, Diana Ross, Jane Seymour, Brooke Shields, Jacquelyn Smith, Suzanne Somers, Donna Summer, Cheryl Tiegs, Charlene Tilton, Mary Woronov|
|"Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon? "
"Who Shot JR?"
- Fans of CBS's Dallas television series
- Jack Nicholson, in The Shining
- Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard
Striker: "Surely you can't be serious?!"
Rumack: "I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
- Robert Hays and Leslie Nielsen, in Airplane!
"No, I am your father" (NOT Luke, I am your father)
-Darth Vader, to a surprised Luke Skywalker
"Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a miracle...It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!"
- Bill Murray, in Caddyshack
CNN's founder Ted Turner, at the launch of the channel in 1980, promised: "We won't be signing off until the world ends... We'll be... covering it live... when the end of the world comes, we'll play Nearer My God to Thee before we sign off."
1980 Pop Culture History
|The 1980 comedy Airplane! is largely based on
the 1957 drama Zero Hour! It follows the same plot, uses the
same character name for the hero passenger, and parodies numerous
scenes using the same dialog word for word.
The first rap single to reach #1 in the US was Ice Ice Baby in 1990. The first rap single to reach #1 in Canada was Rapper's Delight in 1980.
After being convicted of second-degree murder in 1911, 17 year old Geidel served 68 years and 245 days in the New York prison system. He was released on May 7, 1980, at the age of 86. Granted parole in 1974, at 80, he did not want to leave prison. He died at 93 in a nursing home.
There has been some debate about 3M's Post-it notes. The product was used in a marketing campaign in 1978 as 'Post N Peel' , and sold nationally in 1980 as 'Post-it Notes.' New products are in 'test mode' all the time. We say 1980.
Gloria Gaynor won the Grammy for Best Disco Recording at the 22nd awards in 1980 (for 1979 songs), then the category was discontinued.
The Trix rabbit has actually eaten the cereal twice: in 1976 and 1980.
James Earl Jones declined to have his name appear on the credits of both Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), claiming that he felt his contribution wasn't significant enough to warrant a credit.
The term Cyberpunk was coined by Bruce Bethke in 1980.
Since 1980 about 40% of the top honours in men's long distance international athletics have gone to Kenyans from a single tribe, the Kalenjin.
William Bergstrom arrived at Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada with two suitcases: one containing $777,000 in cash, the other empty. He placed the full amount on a single bet of dice which he won and packed the winnings in the empty suitcase.
Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White was discovered on The Price Is Right in 1980. She was one of the first four contestants and never made it on stage.
In 1980, the first 1 GB hard drive cost $40,000 and weighed over 500 pounds.
John Belushi disappeared off the set of The Blues Brothers one night. On a hunch, Dan Aykroyd went to the nearest house with lights on; "Belushi? He came in here an hour ago and raided my fridge. He's asleep on my couch," the confused homeowner informed him.
In 1980 Saddam Hussein received the key to Detroit.
Four FBI agents went to the Census Bureau's Colorado Springs office with warrants but were forced to leave. Courts upheld that no agency, including the FBI, has access to Census data."
In 1970 America had over 50,000 pay toilets. By 1980, there were almost none.
While viewing 1980's The Blue Lagoon, John Gibbons, a herpetologist (reptile scientist), noticed iguanas in the background with characteristics unseen in documented species. He then traveled to Fiji, tracked & named the Fiji Crested Iguana.
The Roswell UFO incident was almost immediately dismissed and forgotten until The National Enquirer ran a story on it in 1980.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1980: $222,000
The Rhinoceros Party of Canada, a satirical, but registered political party in Canada, received 1.01% of the popular vote in the 1980 election campaigning to repeal the law of gravity and provide higher education by building taller schools.
Even under a worst-case scenario, no Rubik's Cube is farther than 20 moves from being solved.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
Robert Landsburg, while filming Mount St. Helens volcano eruption
in 1980 realized he could not survive it, so he rewound the film
back into its case, put his camera in his backpack, and then lay
himself on top of the backpack to protect the film for future researchers.
Arcade game Pac-Man was originally named "Puck-Man".
The name was changed to prevent vandals from changing the "P"
to an "F".
After customs found 8 ounces of cannabis in his luggage, Paul McCartney
sat in jail for 10 days before eventually being released without
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Nintendo's Game & Watch, Rubik's Cube, Magna Doodle
Whole Foods was founded in Austin, Texas.
Computer modem was invented.
CNN began broadcasting from Atlanta, Georgia.
|Playing with a Rubik's Cube
Pac-Man, Centipede (arcade)
Reading The Official Preppy Handbook
Guessing 'who shot J.R.?' (it was Kristin Shepard, played by Mary Crosby)
Reading The Covenant by James A. Michener
United States 1980 Census
|Total US Population: 226,542,199
1. New York, New York - 7,071,639
2. Chicago, Illinois - 3,005,072
3. Los Angeles, California - 2,966,850
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1,688,210
5. Houston, Texas - 1,595,138
6. Detroit, Michigan - 1,203,339
7. Dallas, Texas - 904,078
8. San Diego, California - 875,538
9. Phoenix, Arizona - 789,704
10. Baltimore, Maryland - 786,775
1980/81 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. Dallas (CBS)
2. The Dukes of Hazzard (CBS)
3. 60 Minutes (CBS)
4. M*A*S*H (CBS)
5. The Love Boat (ABC)
6. The Jeffersons (CBS)
7. Alice (CBS)
8. House Calls (CBS)
9. Three's Company (ABC)
10. Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1980 include
Air Supply, Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Blondie, Boz Scaggs, The Brothers Johnson, Christopher Cross, Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Dr. Hook, Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), George Benson, Jermaine Jackson, John Lennon, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, Kool & the Gang, Micheal Jackson, Pat Benatar, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Olivia Newton-John, Prince, Queen, Ray Parker Jr & Raydio, Shalamar, The Spinners, S.O.S. Band, Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass, The Whispers
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1980
|December 22, 1979 - January 4, 1980: Rupert Holmes
- Escape (The Piņa Colada Song)
January 5, 1980 - January 18, 1980: KC and the Sunshine Band - Please Don't Go
January 19, 1980 - February 15, 1980: Michael Jackson - Rock with You
February 16, 1980 - February 22, 1980: Captain & Tennille - Do That to Me One More Time
February 23, 1980 - March 21, 1980: Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
March 22, 1980 - April 18, 1980: Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall
April 19, 1980 - May 30, 1980: Blondie - Call Me
May 31, 1980 - June 27, 1980: Lipps Inc - Funkytown
June 28, 1980 - July 18, 1980: Paul McCartney - Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)
July 19, 1980 - August 1, 1980: Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
August 2, 1980 - August 29, 1980: Olivia Newton-John - Magic
August 30, 1980 - September 5, 1980: Christopher Cross - Sailing
September 6, 1980 - October 3, 1980: Diana Ross - Upside Down
October 4, 1980 - October 24, 1980: Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
October 25, 1980 - November 14, 1980: Barbra Streisand - Woman in Love
November 15, 1980 - December 26, 1980: Kenny Rogers - Lady
December 27, 1980 - January 30, 1981: John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
(according to boxofficemojo)
9 to 5, Airplane!, Any Which Way You Can, The Blue Lagoon, The Blues Brothers, Brubaker, Caddyshack, Cheech and Chong's Next Movie, Coal Miner's Daughter, Dressed To Kill, Fame, Flash Gordon, Friday the 13th, Herbie Goes Bananas, The Jazz Singer, Little Darlings, Ordinary People, Popeye, Private Benjamin, Seems Like Old Times, The Shining, Smokey and the Bandit II, Stir Crazy, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Urban Cowboy
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