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1980 Trivia, Facts & History

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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

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, 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

"The Quotes"

"Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon? "
-Grey Poupon

"Who Shot JR?"
- Fans of CBS's Dallas television series

"Here's Johnny!"
- Jack Nicholson, in 'TheThe Shining'

"You dipstick"
- 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."

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Ronald Reagan

Miss America

Cheryl Prewitt (Ackerman, MS)

Miss USA

Shawn Weatherly (South Carolina) /Jineane Ford (Arizona)

The Scandals, Deaths 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.

Convicted murderer Jack Abbot wrote Norman Mailer about his experiences behind bars. Impressed with his writing, Mailer helped get Abbot's book published and spearheaded Abbot's successful parole in 1980. 6 weeks after being released, Abbot stabbed another man to death in New York City.

The mother of a 9-week-old child, Azaria Chamberlain, that went missing in 1980 insisted that a dingo took her baby. Six years after being convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, the child's jacket was found in a dingo lair. In 2012, it was officially ruled that a dingo had taken and killed the child.

Saudia Flight 163 made a successful emergency landing after the plane caught fire, but all 301 people on board died because the captain did not immediately order an emergency evacuation.

Cannibal Holocaust - a movie was made in 1980 that was so graphic and realistic that the director was arrested on charges of making a snuff film.

A Washington Post reporter named Janet Cooke fabricated a story about an 8-year-old heroin addict in 1980. The story, Jimmy's World, won a Pulitzer Prize, which she returned once the editors outed her.

In 2010, Japanese welfare officials went to check on a 111-year old man, the family refused to let them see him. Returning with police, they found his mummified corpse still wearing pajamas. The man had died in 1980, but the family hid his death so they could continue to collect his pension.

Upon arrival in Tokyo for Wings' highly anticipated 1980 sold out tour, Paul McCartney was arrested at the airport after a search of his luggage revealed 219 grams of marijuana. The tour was cancelled and McCartney spent nine days in jail.

Rock Star Murder: John Lennon was shot and killed by a "fan", Mark David Chapman.

Rock Star Deaths: John Bonham (alcohol poisoning), Bon Scott (drunk, choked on own vomit)

1980 Pop Culture News

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.

Computer modem was invented.

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.

Whole Foods was founded in Austin, Texas.

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.

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.

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."

CNN began broadcasting from Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

The Habits

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

1980's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Rubik's Cube, Magna doodle

The Bomb (Movie)

Heaven's Gate starring Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Joseph Cotten, Mickey Rourke, and Willem Dafoe

Popular Movies:

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

The Big Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. 9 to 5
3. Stir Crazy
4. Airplane!
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's 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)

Popular Music

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.)

The 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

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Popular Music in 1980 ~ # 1 Hits of 1980