|1980 Facts, Fun Trivia and History|
Quick Facts from 1980:
|Top Ten Baby Names of 1980:
Jennifer, Amanda, Jessica, Melissa, Sarah, Heather, Nicole, Amy, Elizabeth, Michelle
Michael, Christopher, Jason, David, James, Matthew, Joshua, John, Robert, Joseph
|The Hotties, Sex Symbols, and Fashion Icons:
Loni Anderson, Susan Anton, Barbara Bach, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Valerie Bertinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Lynda Carter, Charo, Lydia Cornell, Sybil Danning, Bo Derek, Morgan Fairchild, Farrah Fawcett, Jane Fonda, Erin Gray, Shelly Hack, Debbie Harry, Goldie Hawn, Marilu Henner, Lauren Hutton, Cheryl Ladd, 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
|Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men:
Richard Gere, Christopher Reeve, Burt Reynolds, John Travolta
“Who Shot JR?”
Striker: “Surely you can’t be serious?!”
“No, I am your father” (NOT Luke, I am your father)
“Do you believe in miracles? YES!”
“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!”
|Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Cheryl Prewitt (Ackerman, MS)
Shawn Weatherly (South Carolina) /Jineane Ford (Arizona)
Mark David Chapman shot and killed former Beatles member John Lennon, outside Lennon’s residence at the Dakota, in NYC.
Ian Curtis, singer-songwriter of acclaimed English post-punk band Joy Division hanged himself in his kitchen. His bandmates later formed the band New Order.
AC/DC frontman Bon Scott died after a night of heavy drinking in London.
Dorothy Stratten, the 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year, was murdered by estranged husband Paul Leslie Snider, who then committed suicide.
The Pennsylvania Lottery was rigged by six men including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.
The Killer Clown (John Wayne Gacy Jr.) sentenced to death for the murder of 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978.
Philadelphia Crime Boss Angelo Bruno was shot and killed while in his car in front of his home at the intersection of 10th Street and Snyder Avenue in South Philadelphia.
The Washington Post published Janet Cooke’s story of Jimmy, an 8-year-old heroin addict, later proven to be fabricated. She won a Pulitzer Prize for the story.
Robert Mugabe was elected Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
On January 6, The Global Positioning System time epoch began at 00:00 UTC. It is one of the global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) that provides geolocation and time information to a GPS receiver anywhere on or near the Earth.
On May 8, the global eradication of smallpox was certified by the World Health Organization.
Miracle On Ice: The United States Olympic ice hockey team amazed the world at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics on February 22nd when they beat the Soviet national team. In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the “Miracle on Ice” the top sports moment of the 20th century.
President Jimmy Carter signed Proclamation 4771, which required 18- to 25-year-old American males to register for a peacetime military draft.
A severe summer heatwave in Southern US Caused over 1,100 deaths.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) superfund law passed by the US Congress.
30% of United States car sales were imported.
Tim Berners-Lee began his work on ENQUIRE, the system that will eventually lead to his creation of the World Wide Web in 1990.
Abscam: FBI personnel target members of the Congress of the United States in a sting operation. 7 members of the US House of representatives and 4 Philadelphia area politicians were convicted of bribery.
Pop Culture Facts & History:
The album Back in Black, one of the Top 10 best-selling albums of all-time, was released by the Australian band AC/DC.
Video Games became popular with Pac-Man, Battlezone, Missile Command, Space Panic, Zork I and Olympic Decathlon. Electronic Games hosted the first Arcade Awards, the first video game awards ceremony, with Space Invaders winning the Game of the Year Award.
Erno Rubik patented his “Magic Cube” in Hungary in 1975. Debuting at The British Toy and Hobby Fair in January, by May 1980, it became a worldwide sensation.
There has been some debate about 3M’s Post-it notes. The product was used in a test 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. Created in 1975 by Spencer Silver and Art Fry, we say they went on sale in 1980.
Whole Foods was founded in Austin, Texas.
CNN began broadcasting from Atlanta, Georgia.
Launched in 1977, The Voyager 1 probe confirmed the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.
The United States lead a boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympics to protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 82 countries boycott the Games, athletes from 16 of them participate under a neutral flag.
The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Kansas City Royals, 4–1, in Game Six of the World Series to win the World Series Championship.
According to the 1980 United States Census, there are 226,545,805 United States residents.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1980: $222,000
|Doomsday Clock: 7 minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
1980: Thirty-five years after the start of the nuclear age and after some promising disarmament gains, the United States and the Soviet Union still view nuclear weapons as an integral component of their national security. This stalled progress discourages the Bulletin: “[The Soviet Union and United States have] been behaving like what may best be described as ‘nucleoholics’–drunks who continue to insist that the drink being consumed is positively ‘the last one,’ but who can always find a good excuse for ‘just one more round.'”
Playing 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)
|1st Appearances & 1980’s Most Popular Christmas Gifts, Toys and Presents:
Rubik’s Cube, Magna doodle
|Popular and Best-selling Books From 1980:
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
The Covenant by James A. Michener
The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
Firestarter by Stephen King
God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
Jailbird – Kuty Vonnegut
The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
Midnight’s Children by Salmon Rushdie
Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz
Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon
Random Winds by Belva Plain
Smiley’s People by John le Carre
The Spike by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss
|Broadway Shows :|
42nd Street (Musical) Opened on August 25, 1980, and closed on January 8, 1989
Amadeus (Play) Opened on December 17, 1980, and closed on October 16, 1983
|Best Film Oscar Winner:
Kramer vs. Kramer (presented in 1980)
|The Bomb (Movie):
Heaven’s Gate starring Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Joseph Cotten, Mickey Rourke, and Willem Dafoe
|The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. 9 to 5
3. Stir Crazy
5. Any Which Way You Can
6. Private Benjamin
7. Coal Miner’s Daughter
8. Smokey and the Bandit II
9. The Blue Lagoon
10. The Blues Brothers
|1980 Most Popular TV shows:
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)
1980 Billboard Number One Songs
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March 22 – April 18:
April 19 – May 30:
May 31 – June 27:
June 28 – July 18:
July 19 – August 1:
August 2 – August 29:
August 30 – September 5:
September 6 – October 3:
October 4 – October 24:
October 25 – November 14:
November 15 – December 26:
December 27, 1980 – January 30, 1981:
|1980 United States 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
World Series Champions: Philadelphia Phillies
Superbowl XIV Champions: Pittsburgh Steelers
NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: New York Islanders
U.S. Open Golf Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) John McEnroe/Chris Evert Lloyd
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Bjorn Borg/Evonne Cawley
NCAA Football Champions: Georgia
NCAA Basketball Champions: Louiseville
Kentucky Derby: Genuine Risk