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1980 Trivia

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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:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
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 Quote"

"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'

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:
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.

CNN began broadcasting from Atlanta, Georgia

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)

1st appearances & 1980's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
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
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 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)

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

Popular Music in 1980 - # 1 Hits of 1980