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1981 Trivia

<< - 1980
World Series Champions:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Superbowl XV Champions:
Oakland Raiders
NBA Champions:
Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:
New York Islanders
U.S. Open Golf:
David Graham
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
John McEnroe/Tracy Austin
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
John McEnroe/Chris Evert
NCAA Football Champions:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kentucky Derby:
Pleasant Colony
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Loni Anderson, Barbara Bach, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Valerie Bertinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Charo, Joan Collins, Lydia Cornell, Bo Derek, Linda Evans, Morgan Fairchild, Farrah Fawcett, Jane Fonda, Erin Gray, Debbie Harry, Goldie Hawn, Marilu Henner, Lauren Hutton, Grace Jones, Nastassja Kinski, Jessica Lange, Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Victoria Principal, Tanya Roberts, Diana Ross, Brooke Shields, Jacquelyn Smith, Suzanne Somers, Donna Summer, Heather Thomas, Cheryl Tiegs, Charlene Tilton
"The Quotes"
"You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. "
- President Ronald Reagan

"Betcha canít eat just one"
-Lay's Potato Chips

"No wire hangers, ever!"
- Faye Dunaway, in 'Mommie Dearest'

"Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're going to get back on that horse, and I'm going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we're gonna go, go, go!"
- Katharine Hepburn, in 'On Golden Pond'

"We bring good things to life"
-General Electric (GE)

"Be all that you can be"
- United States Army ad

Bob Marley's final words to his son Ziggy were, "Money can't buy life."

When President Ronald Reagan has been admitted to a hospital in 1981 due to being shot by John Hinckley Jr., he joked "Please tell me you're all Republicans." To which a surgeon who was a liberal democrat himself replied, "We're all Republicans today."

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Lech Walesa
Miss America:
Susan Powell (Elk City, OK)
Miss USA:
Kim Seelbrede (Ohio)
The Scandals:
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke cooked up a story about an 8-year-old herion addict named Jimmy. He didn't exist, but her pleas that he could have existed didn't stop her from getting in trouble.

Jack Henry Abbott was a felon/murderer/bank robber who wrote In the Belly of the Beast while in prison. Norman Mailer and other vouched for him... he was released and stabbed an employee at a restaurant who told him he could not use the employee's rest room. Back in prison, he killed himself in 2002.

Actress Drowning Death: Actress Natalie Wood died, apparently falling overboard after a day/night sailing with hubby Robert Wagner and mutual friend Christopher Walken.

Actor Injury Death: William Holden was drunk, fell and cut his head open. He didn't realize how injured he was, didn't call for help, and died from the what should have been a fairly easy stiching.

Pop Star Automobile Death
: Harry Chapin

1981 Pop Culture News:
Bob Ross served as a Master Sergeant in the USAF, one of many positions that he said required him to be "tough" and "mean." After leaving in 1981, he said that he had promised himself that if he ever left the military, he would never scream again.

MTV began on August 1st. The first video, all vidNerds know was 'Video Killed The Radio Star' by the Buggles. The second was Pat Benatar's 'You Better Run.'

Sandra Day O'Connor became the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

"Bulimia" was the new word du jour.

The Smurfs, created in 1958, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series brought them into American pop culture. Athough many fans think Smurfette was the only female Smurf, there were actually two more - Nanny Smurf and Sassette Smurf. There was no Smurfina.

Prince Charles married Lady Diana on July 29, 1981. It was on TV and in all the newspapers.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1981: $275,000

The Habit:
Still working on last year's fad, The Rubik's Cube, Donkey Kong, Frogger (arcade), playing withHe-Man and the Masters of the Universe action figures
The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. On Golden Pond
3. Superman II
4. Arthur
5. Stripes
6. The Cannonball Run
7. Chariots Of Fire
8. For Your Eyes Only
9. The Four Seasons
10. Time Bandits
1981 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Dallas (CBS)
2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
3. The Jeffersons (CBS)
4. Three's Company (ABC)
5. Alice (CBS)
6. The Dukes of Hazzard (CBS)
7. Too Close For Comfort (ABC)
8. ABC Monday Night Movie (ABC)
9. M*A*S*H (CBS)
10. One Day at a Time (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1981 include:
Air Supply, Barbra Streisand, Blondie, Chaka Kahn, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Diana Ross, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eddie Rabbit, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Foreignor, The Gap Band, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr., John Lennon, Journey, Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, Kool & the Gang, Lakeside, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton-John, Phil Collins, The Police, Prince, Ray Parker Jr & Raydio, REO Speedwagon, Rick James, Rick Springfield, Roger, Shalamar, Sheena Easton, Smokey Robinson, Styx, Sugarhill Gang, Teddy Pendergrass

(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 1981:
December 27, 1980 - January 30, 1981: John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over

January 31, 1981 - February 6, 1981: Blondie - The Tide Is High

February 7, 1981 - February 20, 1981: Kool & the Gang - Celebration

February 21, 1981 - February 27, 1981: Dolly Parton - 9 to 5

February 28, 1981 - March 20, 1981: Eddie Rabbitt - I Love a Rainy Night

March 21, 1981 - March 27, 1981: REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You

March 28, 1981 - April 10, 1981: Blondie - Rapture

April 11, 1981 - May 1, 1981: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Kiss on My List

May 2, 1981 - May 15, 1981: Sheena Easton - Morning Train (Nine to Five)

May 16, 1981 - June 19, 1981: Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

June 20, 1981 - July 24, 1981: Stars on 45 - Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45

July 25, 1981 - July 31, 1981: Air Supply - The One That You Love

August 1, 1981 - August 14, 1981: Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

August 15, 1981 - October 16, 1981: Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless Love

October 17, 1981 - November 6, 1981: Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)

November 7, 1981 - November 20, 1981: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Private Eyes

November 21, 1981 - January 29, 1982: Olivia Newton-John - Physical

Popular Music in 1981 - # 1 Hits of 1981