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Subject: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 01/01/20 at 11:03 am

1980 is now 40 years ago! :o :o

Here are some things that occurred on January 1st 1980:

Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
Sweden changes order of succession to throne
Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.
Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Barbara Jordan wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Sharon Walsh 6-3, 6-3

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 01/02/20 at 6:28 pm

January 2nd 1980:
In Australian Open Men's Tennis, Guillermo Vilas retains title for 4th and last Grand Slam win; beats American John Sadri 7-6, 6-3, 6-2.
British Steel workers go on a national strike.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 01/07/20 at 10:49 am

January 7th 1980: U.S. President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Senor Teletubby on 01/09/20 at 1:23 pm

Who decides how old something is around here?  In what alternate universe is 1980 40 years ago??

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/10/20 at 3:32 pm

January 10th 1980 - Jim Stewart, Boston Bruins' rookie goalie allows three goals in his first four minutes and a total of five in first period; he never again plays in the NHL.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/11/20 at 10:56 am

January 11th 1980 - Nigel Short, age 14, from Bolton in Britain, became the youngest International Master in the history of chess.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/14/20 at 2:52 pm

January 14th 1980 – Indira Gandhi became prime minister of India for second time.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/20 at 5:15 pm

January 16th 1980, Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan. McCartney said in 2004. “This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.”

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: yelimsexa on 01/18/20 at 5:51 pm

From record & tape clubs to Joanne Worley plugging Kleenex to TVs that still had wood to even an early attempt at H.W. Bush from becoming U.S. President, these blocks of classic commercials can almost feel like a class reunion in terms of the products people used or considered back then. This came from a late night recording off CBS from a Betamax tape I found last fall. It may not be as historically significant as most posts on these "years ago" threads, but posts like these can offer a fun ephemeral escape in terms of what was being promoted back then.

YC_uVi-wgYQ

I still think of 40 years ago as being in the 1960s since that's what it was when I was in high school/college/just out of college, so it does shock me to realize that were now talking the decade where the 24-hour news cycle and the widespread adoption of computers is now at this point in history. But the memories will live on through these "escapes in time", which happened to be the episode of The Avengers that was being rerun during this compilation of classic ads here.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 01/18/20 at 5:57 pm

^ Oh yes, George Bush Sr. first sought the Republican presidential nomination in '80... but eventually lost out to Ronald Reagan, who subsequently selected him as his running mate.

Also...a lot of my "peers" were born around that time as well. In fact I think I have known a number of people who have already turned 40 this month (with more to come). (I'll be turning 40 in July.)

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/20 at 3:46 pm

January 21st 1980 - Gold was valued at $850 an ounce.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 01/26/20 at 3:27 pm

January 26th 1980: Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/20 at 12:45 pm

January 28th 1980 - The original Ants split up with Adam.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 01/28/20 at 12:47 pm


January 28th 1980 - The original Ants split up with Adam.

Also in pop music history that day, Nick Carter was born; he is the youngest member of the American boyband Backstreet Boys.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/20 at 4:32 pm

January 28th 1980 - Six Americans who had fled the U.S. embassy in theran, Iran, on November 4, 1979, left Iran using false Canadian diplomatic passports. The Americans had been hidden at the Canadian embassy in theran.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 01/28/20 at 4:48 pm


January 28th 1980 - Six Americans who had fled the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4, 1979, left Iran using false Canadian diplomatic passports. The Americans had been hidden at the Canadian embassy in Tehran.


Too bad for them. :o

I wish t-e-h could get taken out of the cuss filter.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 02/10/20 at 3:33 am

February 8, 1980 - John Carpenter's The Fog is released in theaters. It's his first theatrical film since making a name for himself with 1978's Halloween. Carpenter once again directed, wrote, and scored the film. Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook, Charles Cyphers, and Janet Leigh. Shot by famed cinematographer Dean Cundey. Produced by Debra Hill.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/11/20 at 5:09 am


February 8, 1980 - John Carpenter's The Fog is released in theaters. It's his first theatrical film since making a name for himself with 1978's Halloween. Carpenter once again directed, wrote, and scored the film. Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook, Charles Cyphers, and Janet Leigh. Shot by famed cinematographer Dean Cundey. Produced by Debra Hill.
I had to wait years to see that film!

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/20 at 10:57 am

February 13th 1980 - Apollo Computers is incorporated.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/20 at 3:33 pm

February 13th 1980, Police raided the home of former Sex Pistols John Lydon who greeted them waving a ceremonial sword, the only illegal item they found was a canister of tear gas, claimed to be for defence against intruders.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/20 at 4:00 pm

February 13th 1980 - (to February 24) The XIII Olympic Winter Games are held in Lake Placid, New York, USA.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 02/21/20 at 1:09 am

February 19, 1980 - Bon Scott died. AC/DC almost broke up, but was convinced to continue, as it was what Bon would've wanted. They carried on with Brian Johnson. Back in Black remains one of the most popular albums of all time.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 02/22/20 at 10:11 am


February 19, 1980 - Bon Scott died. AC/DC almost broke up, but was convinced to continue, as it was what Bon would've wanted. They carried on with Brian Johnson. Back in Black remains one of the most popular albums of all time.

O0

I think the band proceeded to record Back In Black with Brian Johnson on lead vocals. It was later that year when it was released.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 02/22/20 at 10:11 am

February 22nd 1980, the "Miracle on Ice" happened in the Lake Placid, New York, Winter Olympic Games: The United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4–3.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/24/20 at 6:39 am


February 22nd 1980, the "Miracle on Ice" happened in the Lake Placid, New York, Winter Olympic Games: The United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4–3.
Something tells me, I seem to remember watching this.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/24/20 at 9:52 am

February 24th 1980 - NBC premiered the TV movie "Harper Valley P.T.A."

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/24/20 at 2:35 pm

February 24th 1980 – The United States Olympic hockey team completes its Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4–2 to win the gold medal.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/24/20 at 3:46 pm

February 24th 1980 - New York Rangers score five power-play goals against New York Islanders.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/25/20 at 10:15 am

February 25th 1980 – The government of Suriname is overthrown by a military coup led by Dési Bouterse.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/26/20 at 6:57 am

February 26th 1980 – Egypt and Israel established full diplomatic relations.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/26/20 at 1:11 pm

February 26th 1980, After seeing U2 play at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/27/20 at 9:24 am

February 27th 1980, Winners at the Grammy Awards included: song of the year, 'What A Fool Believes', The Doobie Brothers, album of the year, Billy Joel's '52nd St', best new artist, Rickie Lee Jones, best disco record, 'I Will Survive' Gloria Gaynor.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 02/29/20 at 10:43 am

February 29th 1980:
- La Bougie du Sapeur, a humorous French newspaper that is published only on leap day, printed its first issue.
- Gordie Howe of the Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/10/20 at 4:12 am

March 10th 1980 - Iran's leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, lent his support to the militants holding American hostages in theran.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/12/20 at 5:22 pm

March 12th 1980 - Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago, Illinois.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/20 at 7:30 am

March 14th 1980 - US President Jimmy Carter signs law abolishing the coin Assay Commission.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/15/20 at 12:05 pm

March 15th 1980 - The 100th episode of "Saturday Night Live" aired on NBC.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/16/20 at 10:11 am

March 18th 1980 - The first closed captioned television series were broadcast. The shows were The ABC Sunday Night Movie (ABC), The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC) and Masterpiece Theatre (PBS).

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/18/20 at 7:01 am

March 18th 1980 – A Vostok-2M rocket at Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43 explodes during a fueling operation, killing 48 people.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/23/20 at 8:34 am

March 23rd 1980 - The deposed shah of Iran, Muhammad Riza Pahlavi, left Panama for Egypt.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/23/20 at 11:08 am

March 23rd 1980 – Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador gives his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/23/20 at 5:42 pm

March 23rd 1980 - Allan Border completes 150 in each inning of Test Cricket versus Pakistan.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/24/20 at 1:36 pm

March 24th 1980 - "Nightline" with Ted Koppel premiered.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/24/20 at 3:03 pm

March 24th 1980 - In San Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot to death by gunmen as he celebrated Mass.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/26/20 at 2:25 pm

March 26th 1980, The Police became the first Western pop group to play in Bombay, India for over ten years when they played a one off gig in the city.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/27/20 at 7:26 pm

March 27th 1980 - Mount Saint Helens in Washington state becomes active after 123 years.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/27/20 at 7:29 pm

March 27th 1980 – The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/27/20 at 8:03 pm

March 27th 1980 – Silver Thursday: A steep fall in silver prices, resulting from the Hunt Brothers attempting to corner the market in silver, leads to panic on commodity and futures exchanges.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/20 at 5:04 pm

March 29th 1980, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon album spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King's 1971 No.1 album Tapestry. The album remained in the US Billboard charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in chart history. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/31/20 at 8:34 am

March 31st 1980 - US President Jimmy Carter the deregulates banking industry.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/31/20 at 12:21 pm

March 31st 1980 – The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets because of bankruptcy and debts owed to creditors.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/31/20 at 6:09 pm

March 31st 1980 - Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 rounds for WBC heavyweight boxing title.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/01/20 at 4:50 am

April 1st 1980 - New York City's Transport Works Union Local 100 goes on strike, which continues for 11 days.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/01/20 at 9:25 am

April 1st 1980 - The first nudist beach opens in Brighton , England.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/01/20 at 1:52 pm

April 1st 1980 - The Mariel boatlift from Cuba to Florida begins.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/01/20 at 1:53 pm

April 1st 1980 - A failed assassination attempt against Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz occurred.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/02/20 at 10:48 am

April 2nd 1980 - Wayne Gretzky becomes first teenager to score 50 goals in an NHL season.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/02/20 at 5:48 pm

April 2nd 1980 – United States President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/03/20 at 7:35 am

April 3rd 1980 - The final episode of "Barnaby Jones" aired.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/05/20 at 8:54 am

April 5th 1980 - The final episode of "Hawaii Five-O" aired.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/05/20 at 4:27 pm

April 5th 1980, R.E.M. played their first ever gig when they appeared at St Mary's Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/09/20 at 8:59 am

April 9th 1980 – The Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein kills philosopher Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and his sister Bint al-Huda after three days of torture.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/10/20 at 2:39 pm

April 10th 1980 - Spain and Britain agreed to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain. It had been closed since 1969.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/12/20 at 3:55 pm

April 12th 1980 - US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympic games.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/13/20 at 7:27 am

April 13th 1980 - “Grease” closes at Broadhurst Theater in New York City after 3,388 performances.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/14/20 at 1:27 pm

April 14th 1980 - 52nd Academy Awards: Best Picture: Kramer versus Kramer, Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman, Best Actress: Sally Field, Best Foreign Film: Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) (first Oscar award for a German film).

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/20 at 7:13 am

April 16th 1980 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/20 at 5:06 pm

April 16th 1980 - Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/18/20 at 3:34 pm

April 18th 1980 – The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President. The Zimbabwean dollar replaces the Rhodesian dollar as the official currency.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/20/20 at 9:24 am

April 20th 1980 - The Castro regime announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana. 125,000 Cubans flee by the end of the exodus in October.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/21/20 at 1:18 am

Yesterday...

April 20th 1980, 84 year old George Burns, who starred in the movie Oh God with John Denver, became the oldest person to have a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when 'I Wish I Was 18 Again' peaked at No.49. When asked if he wished he were 18 again, Burns replied "I wish I was 80 again." Before this, his most recent charting record had been a spoken word comedy routine with his wife and partner Gracie Allen in the summer of 1933.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/24/20 at 10:01 am

April 24th 1980 - Operation Eagle Claw, a US commando mission in Iran to rescue American embassy hostages, is aborted after mechanical problems ground the rescue helicopters. Eight United States troops are killed in a mid-air collision during the failed operation.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/20 at 8:41 am

April 25th 1980 - Oakland Athletics' manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/20 at 3:16 pm

April 25th 1980 - In Iran, a commando mission to rescue hostages was aborted after mechanical problems disabled three of the eight helicopters involved. During the evacuation, a helicopter and a transport plan collided and exploded. Eight U.S. servicemen were killed. The mission was aimed at freeing American hostages that had been taken at the U.S. embassy in theran on November 4, 1979. The event took place April 24th Washington, DC, time.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/26/20 at 8:54 am

April 26th 1980 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/26/20 at 2:14 pm

April 26th 1980, Blondie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Call Me', the group's fourth UK No.1, featured in the Richard Gere movie 'American Gigolo', the track was also a No.1 in the US where it became the band's biggest selling single. Producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac to help compose and perform a song for the soundtrack, but she declined.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/28/20 at 7:13 am

April 28th 1980 - Cyrus Vance, US President Jimmy Carter's Secretary of State, resigns.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/20 at 3:33 pm

April 30th 1980, The film 'McVicar' with Roger Daltrey from The Who in the title role premiered in London, England. John McVicar was a 1960s armed robber turned writer who Scotland Yard publicly announced to be Public Enemy Number One and "wanted dead or alive".

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/05/20 at 2:59 am

May 5th 1980 – Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/07/20 at 8:34 am

May 7th 1980 - Paul Geidel, convicted of second-degree murder in 1911, is released from prison in Beacon, New York, after 68 years and 245 days (the longest-ever time served by an inmate).

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/08/20 at 2:53 am

May 8th 1980 – The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 05/09/20 at 3:25 am

Ki ki ki ki... Ma ma ma ma...

May 9, 1980 - Sean Cunningham's iconic slasher Friday the 13th was released in theaters. Looking to ape the success of John Carpenter's Halloween, Friday the 13th was a surprise hit against The Shining, spawning a long-running (and lucrative) franchise. Mrs. Voorhees as the original film's killer, but Jason took over on the second film.

The "Jason sound effect," commonly misheard as some form of "Ch ch ch... ha ha ha..." is actually "K ki ki ki... Ma ma ma ma," combining the words "kill" and "Mommy."

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/20 at 10:05 am

May 14th 1980 - U.S. President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/20 at 7:43 am

May 18th 1980 - Mount Saint Helens erupts in Washington, killing 57 and causing US$3 billion in damage. 396 metres of the top of the mountain explodes in a gigantic dust cloud.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/20 at 10:04 am

May 19th 1980 - Apple Computer introduces the Apple III computer. It features twice the processor speed (2 MHz 6502 processor) as the Apple II, twice the memory (128 kB), built-in 5.25-inch floppy drive, Apple SOS operating system. With a small case and no cooling fan, reliability problems limit lifetime sales over four years to 65,000 units.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/20 at 2:55 pm

May 19th 1980, Ringo Starr and his future wife were involved in a car crash less than half a mile from where Marc Bolan was killed, the car was a write-off but Starr and Bach were not seriously injured.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/20/20 at 2:27 pm

May 20th 1980 – In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects, by 60% of the vote, a government proposal to move towards independence from Canada.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 05/21/20 at 3:33 pm

May 21, 1980 - The Empire Strikes Back is released in theaters. Often considered superior to its 1977 predecessor, Star Wars (retitled A New Hope in 1981), the film introduced Yoda (voiced by Muppet legend Frank Oz), the ice planet Hoth, AT-ATs, Boba Fett (who had debuted in the non-canon Holiday Special), and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) (who infamously betrayed Han Solo). It also famously revealed that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker's father.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 05/23/20 at 5:29 pm

May 23, 1980 - The Shining was released in theaters in the United States. Based on the Stephen King novel, King still takes issue with the liberties Stanley Kubrick took with the story. While the film is a beloved classic today, critics in 1980 hated it. It won a Saturn Award for Scatman Crothers; it was also nominated for Best Horror Film, Best Director (Kubrick), and Best Music (Béla Bartók). However, it was nominated for two Razzie Awards: Worst Actress (Shelley Duvall) and Worst Director. Jack Nicholson's ad-libbed line "Heeeere's Johnny!" (taken from Ed McMahon's nightly introduction of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show) has become iconic in its own right. Other iconic elements of the film include: Redrum, the Grady Twins, Lloyd the bartender, "all work and no play make Jack a dull boy," Room 237 (217 in the novel), the scene in the show, and the river of blood pouring out of the elevator.

A sequel, Doctor Sleep, was released in 2019.

King later did his own TV miniseries adaptation in 1997.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/25/20 at 8:58 am


May 23, 1980 - The Shining was released in theaters in the United States. Based on the Stephen King novel, King still takes issue with the liberties Stanley Kubrick took with the story. While the film is a beloved classic today, critics in 1980 hated it. It won a Saturn Award for Scatman Crothers; it was also nominated for Best Horror Film, Best Director (Kubrick), and Best Music (Béla Bartók). However, it was nominated for two Razzie Awards: Worst Actress (Shelley Duvall) and Worst Director. Jack Nicholson's ad-libbed line "Heeeere's Johnny!" (taken from Ed McMahon's nightly introduction of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show) has become iconic in its own right. Other iconic elements of the film include: Redrum, the Grady Twins, Lloyd the bartender, "all work and no play make Jack a dull boy," Room 237 (217 in the novel), the scene in the show, and the river of blood pouring out of the elevator.

A sequel, Doctor Sleep, was released in 2019.

King later did his own TV miniseries adaptation in 1997.
Thanks for reminding me, I must put "Doctor Sleep" on my list of film to watch list.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/25/20 at 9:25 am

May 25th 1980 - Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins for a third time in car owner Jim Hall's revolutionary ground effect Chaparral car; the victory is Hall's second as an owner.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/28/20 at 2:49 pm

May 28th 1980 - Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12 feet 5 inches.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/29/20 at 12:54 am

May 29th 1980 - Attempted assassination of Vernon Jordan Junior, National Urban League president.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/29/20 at 4:04 pm

May 29th 1980 - Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/01/20 at 7:28 am

June 1st 1980 - Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news station.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/03/20 at 6:27 am

June 3rd 1980 - ESPN began televising college world series games.

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/03/20 at 12:46 pm

June 3rd 1980 – An explosive device was detonated in the base of the Statue of Liberty after business hours killing no one but repairs cost 18,000 dollars

Subject: Re: The new '40 years ago today' thread

Written By: nally on 06/06/20 at 3:28 pm

June 6th 1980: The U.S. Senate voted, 68 to 10, to override President Jimmy Carter's veto of a bill banning a 10 cent per gallon tax on gasoline announced by Carter in March, and poised to take effect on July 1. The day before, the U.S. House of Representatives had voted, 335 to 34, to override the veto, and the Senate's action banned the fee and marked the first time since 1952 that a Democrat-controlled Congress had overridden a Democrat U.S. president. On June 4, both houses of Congress had voted overwhelmingly (367 to 30 and 73 to 16) to pass the measure that Carter vetoed.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/20 at 3:08 am

June 9th 1980 - In the California - Mexico border region, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurs.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/10/20 at 2:02 am

June 10th 1980 - A Unabomber bomb injures United Airlines president Percy Wood in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/20 at 4:29 am

June 22nd 1980 - The Soviet Union announced a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/20 at 10:58 am

June 22nd 1980, Don McLean had his second UK No.1 single with the Roy Orbison song 'Crying'. The song had been a No.2 US hit for Orbison in July 1961. In 1987, Orbison re-recorded the song as a duet with k.d. lang as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, Hiding Out. Their collaboration won the Grammy Award.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/20 at 8:38 am

June 23rd 1980 - "The David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

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Written By: nally on 06/27/20 at 11:23 am

June 27th 1980, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jerry Reuss threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants. It would have been a perfect game if not for a throwing error in the first inning by shortstop Bill Russell. Reuss's no-hitter is just one of ten in baseball history in which a pitcher did not walk or hit a batter, but whose perfect game bid was foiled by a fielding error. (Clayton Kershaw, another Dodgers pitcher, had one such game 34 years later.)

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/01/20 at 7:39 am

July 1st 1980 – "O Canada" officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/20 at 2:13 am

July 2nd 1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter reinstated draft registration for males 18 years of age.

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Written By: nally on 07/09/20 at 12:03 am

July 8th 1980, Dodger Stadium hosted its only MLB All-Star game, to date. National League won the game, 4-2, with Ken Griffey Sr. of the Cincinnati Reds being named MVP of the game.

Said venue was scheduled to host it this year, but it was cancelled due to the COVID Pandemic. :\'( However, the 2022 All Star Game will be held at the venue, barring any setbacks.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/16/20 at 10:00 am

July 16th 1980 - Former California Governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. President, at the Republican National Convention in Detroit, Michigan.

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Written By: nally on 07/19/20 at 1:33 pm


July 16th 1980 - Former California Governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. President, at the Republican National Convention in Detroit, Michigan.

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And I was only five days old!

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Written By: nally on 07/19/20 at 1:36 pm


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And I was only five days old!

I know this is going to be eight days late, but let's see what events took place on the day I was born:

Australia's first commercial FM radio station, 3EON, began full-time broadcasting at 6:30 in the morning on 92.3 MHz in Melbourne. It had done some sporadic test broadcasting two days earlier of "its music format of 'rock and roll and heart and soul'." It is now called 3MMM as Triple M Melbourne.

Richard Queen, one of the 53 remaining U.S. Embassy personnel held captive during the Iran hostage crisis, was released on humanitarian grounds after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Two notable people born on that day: Justin Willman (American actor and comedian, in St. Louis); and Tyson Kidd (Canadian pro wrestler, in Calgary).

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Written By: nally on 07/19/20 at 1:37 pm

What happened on Saturday July 19th 1980? Let's see...

The 1980 Summer Olympics began in Moscow, Soviet Union and ran until August 3. Soviet basketball star Sergei Belov lit the Olympic torch to signal the start of the Olympics. Although 81 nations sent teams to Moscow, 82 of them boycotted the Games in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Athletes from 16 Olympic committees participated under a neutral flag, including three American citizens representing Puerto Rico, which had been sending a separate Olympic team since 1948.

Nick Bockwinkel's reign as champion of the American Wrestling Association ended after more than four and half years after he lost to Vern Gagne in a match at Chicago's Comiskey Park.

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Written By: nally on 07/22/20 at 5:22 pm

July 22nd 1980: By a vote of 197 to 82, the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) approved a new code of ethics that cleared the way for physicians to advertise, eliminating a stipulation that said that doctors "should not solicit patients." The new AMA code, the first since 1957, also removed the prohibition that had prohibited physicians from working with chiropractors.

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Written By: nally on 07/24/20 at 5:18 pm

July 24th 1980 - The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.

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Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 07/25/20 at 6:56 pm

July 25, 1980 - Back in Black was released. One of the most famous and best-selling albums of all time, it marked a new era for AC/DC. Bon Scott had died in February (leaving the album without lyrics), and Angus and Malcolm Young recruited Geordie lead singer Brian Johnson. Inspired by Bon, Brian helped Angus and Malcolm write such classics as "Hell's Bells," "Back in Black," "Shoot to Thrill," "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Have a Drink on Me," "What Do You Do for Money Honey," and "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution."

"Let Me Put My Love Into You" made Tipper Gore's Filthy Fifteen.

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Written By: nally on 08/25/20 at 1:04 pm

August 25th 1980, Zimbabwe joined the United Nations.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/20 at 12:06 pm

September 1st 1980, Fleetwood Mac ended a nine-month world tour with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Lindsay Buckingham announced on stage, "This is our last show for a long time."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/07/20 at 11:30 am

September 7th 1980 - Earnest Gray becomes second New York Giants' player to score four touchdowns (vs Saint Louis Cardinals).

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Written By: nally on 09/14/20 at 5:56 pm

September 14th 1980: Weird Al Yankovic recorded "Another One Rides The Bus", a parody of the Queen song "Another One Bites The Dust", live on the Dr. Demento Show.

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Written By: nally on 09/27/20 at 1:19 pm

September 27th 1980: By a single vote, the economic proposals of Italy's Prime Minister Francesco Cossiga failed to win approval in Camara dei deputati, failing 297 to 298. At least 30 members of the governing Democrazia Cristiana (DC) party had previously stated that they would go against the economic proposals. Two DC members who had expressed support for Cossiga, and presumabley would have potentially made the vote 299 to 298 in his favor, arrived several minutes too late to participate, including Mariapia Garavaglia.

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Written By: yelimsexa on 09/30/20 at 5:44 am

Over the summer, I uncovered this classic piece of footage from ABC's World News Tonight, back when it featured multiple anchors from different locations. The first story discusses the burgeoning conflict between Iran and Iraq, and other highlights include a report on the automotive industry's struggles with Japan, a report over recent neo-Nazi attacks in Western Europe, as well as the original broadcast commercials. And best of all, this aired 40 years ago to the day of this posting.
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Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 09/30/20 at 8:52 am


Over the summer, I uncovered this classic piece of footage from ABC's World News Tonight, back when it featured multiple anchors from different locations. The first story discusses the burgeoning conflict between Iran and Iraq, and other highlights include a report on the automotive industry's struggles with Japan, a report over recent neo-Nazi attacks in Western Europe, as well as the original broadcast commercials. And best of all, this aired 40 years ago to the day of this posting.



Notice that there are no endless commercials for bogus pharmaceuticals the way there are now. It was not legal then for pharmaceutical companies to hawk their wares.

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Written By: nally on 09/30/20 at 11:45 pm

September 30th 1980 - Ethernet specifications are published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.

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Written By: nally on 10/17/20 at 1:49 pm

October 17th 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed an agreement on behalf of the United States, committing the U.S. to selling sufficient crude oil for Israel to meet its needs for 14 years (going through the end of 1994).

Also, the Kansas City Royals won a World Series game for the first time, namely game #3 of that year's World Series, 4-3 over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Written By: nally on 10/18/20 at 11:53 am

October 18th 1980: Kansas City Royals evened up the World Series at two games apiece.

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Written By: nally on 10/19/20 at 11:15 pm

October 19th 1980, Phillies won Game Five of the World Series, taking a three-games-to-two lead. (In that game, the Royals took a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning, but the Phillies regained the lead in the 9th inning and won the game 4-3.)

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Written By: nally on 10/21/20 at 1:32 pm

October 21st 1980, the Philadelphia Phillies captured their first-ever World Series title in franchise history, defeating the Kansas City Royals 4 games to 2.

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Written By: nally on 10/25/20 at 1:13 pm

October 25th 1980 - Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction conclude.

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Written By: nally on 11/04/20 at 6:08 pm

November 4th 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected as the 40th President of the United States, in a landslide victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter. (This was the most recent time that a Democratic president was defeated for reelection.)

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Written By: nally on 11/09/20 at 7:34 pm

November 9th 1980 - The first of two rounds of parliamentary elections for the Ivory Coast was carried out throughout the western African nation. Although there was only one political party in the Ivory Coast, there were 649 candidates vying for the 147 parliamentary districts.

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Written By: nally on 11/21/20 at 10:46 am

November 21st 1980 - A deadly fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Paradise, Nevada (now Bally's Las Vegas), killing 87 and injuring 650; this makes it the worst disaster in the history of Nevada.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/23/20 at 4:34 pm

November 23rd 1980 – The 6.9 Mw  Irpinia earthquake shakes southern Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing 2,483–4,900, and injuring 7,700–8,934.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/20 at 4:36 am

It was 40 years ago today that former Beatle John Lennon is murdered in front of The Dakota Building in New York City.

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Written By: Howard on 12/08/20 at 7:03 am


It was 40 years ago today that former Beatle John Lennon is murdered in front of The Dakota Building in New York City.

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The situation would've been different if he hadn't been shot.  :(

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Written By: nally on 12/08/20 at 10:53 am


It was 40 years ago today that former Beatle John Lennon is murdered in front of The Dakota Building in New York City.

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:\'(



The situation would've been different if he hadn't been shot.  :(

Yep, he would have definitely lived longer. (If he were still alive today, he'd be 80, twice the age that he was when shot.)

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Written By: Howard on 12/08/20 at 1:54 pm


:\'(

Yep, he would have definitely lived longer. (If he were still alive today, he'd be 80, twice the age that he was when shot.)


I think he would still be living in New York with Yoko.

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Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 12/08/20 at 3:17 pm

And it's possible we could have gotten a Beatles reunion of some sort. Stranger things have happened: Even Pink Floyd managed to reunite, for Live 8. I'm sure John and Paul could have made peace with each other.

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Written By: nally on 12/10/20 at 10:58 am


And it's possible we could have gotten a Beatles reunion of some sort. Stranger things have happened: Even Pink Floyd managed to reunite, for Live 8. I'm sure John and Paul could have made peace with each other.

Well, since George died of an illness in 2001 (from cancer), John could've reunited with Paul and Ringo sometime after then.

As it was, George/Paul/Ringo did sort of reunite in 1995 with the "Anthology" album. They took a demo recorded by John in the late seventies, and added their own parts to create a new recording entitled "Free As A Bird". They followed it up with another single, "Real Love", also taken from another demo from John.

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Written By: nally on 12/10/20 at 10:58 am

December 10th 1980 - The first parliamentary elections since 1962 in Uganda concluded after two days of voting (on Tuesday and Wednesday) for the 126 seats of the Bunge la Uganda, the unicameral legislature.

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Written By: nally on 12/20/20 at 12:00 pm

December 20th 1980 - NBC aired the American football match between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins without announcers. This was hence known as the "Announcerless game". As an experiment, the NBC television network broadcast it without assigning any commentators to cover it. The two teams were playing the last game of that season for them as neither had qualified for the playoffs, and since the game was being broadcast nationally NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer decided on the idea to boost what would otherwise have been weak ratings. The Jets won a 24–17 upset victory.

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Written By: nally on 12/24/20 at 11:40 am

December 24th 1980 - Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, an incident called "Britain's Roswell".

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Written By: nally on 12/27/20 at 1:29 pm

December 27th 1980 - The U.S. Postal Service issued the first of its Great Americans series of stamps, starting with its 19¢ stamp to honor the Cherokee educator Sequoyah, who had devised an 86-character system of writing for the Cherokee language. The first-day issue of the series of the stamps went on sale at Tahlequah, Oklahoma, capital of the Cherokee Nation, primarily to be used for the new 19¢ rate for international post cards. Over the next 18 years, the USPS honored women and men, concluding on July 27, 1999 with a 55¢ stamp for U.S. Congressman and Senator Justin Morrill.

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Written By: nally on 01/01/21 at 12:12 pm

January 1st 1981: Greece is admitted into the European Community (a regional organisation that aimed to bring about economic integration among its member states).

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Written By: nally on 01/10/21 at 1:28 pm

January 10th 1981 - Salvadoran Civil War: The FMLN launches its first major offensive, gaining control of most of Morazán and Chalatenango departments.

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Written By: nally on 01/14/21 at 2:29 pm

January 14th 1981, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of the first extended wear contact lenses, which could be left in the eyes for up to two weeks. The Hydrocurve II lenses were manufactured by a subsidiary of Revlon.

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Written By: nally on 01/15/21 at 5:50 pm

January 15th 1981 - Pope John Paul II receives a delegation from Solidarity (Polish trade union) at the Vatican led by Lech Wałęsa.

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Written By: nally on 01/17/21 at 11:22 am

January 17th 1981 - Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines, lifts martial law eight years and five months after declaring it.

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Written By: nally on 01/18/21 at 11:17 am

January 18th 1981 , Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/19/21 at 5:40 am

January 19th 1981 – Iran hostage crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/20/21 at 11:38 am

January 20th 1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States of America, Iran releases 52 American hostages.

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Written By: nally on 01/20/21 at 4:53 pm


January 20th 1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States of America, Iran releases 52 American hostages.

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Even though I was only half a year old at the time, I still know about it from reading about it, such as in the World Almanac or other reference books.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/21 at 5:40 am

January 21st 1981 – Production of the iconic DeLorean sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

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Written By: nally on 01/25/21 at 12:22 pm

January 25th 1981:

Super Bowl XV was played at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA; the AFC champion Oakland Raiders defeated the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 27-10.
American musician Alicia Keys was born.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/21 at 5:58 am

January 28th 1981 – Ronald Reagan lifts remaining domestic petroleum price and allocation controls in the United States helping to end the 1979 energy crisis and begin the 1980s oil glut.

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Written By: nally on 02/02/21 at 1:08 pm

February 2nd 1981: For the first time in PGA Tour history, there was a five-way tie at the end of the scheduled rounds of golf, with Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, Bobby Clampett, John Cook, and Barney Thompson all taking 209 strokes on 54 holes at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Cook beat Irwin on the third extra hole and won the $40,500 prize, more than his entire earnings the year before

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Written By: nally on 02/20/21 at 1:10 pm

February 20th 1981: A collision between Aerolíneas Argentinas Flight 342 and the antenna on Tower One of the World Trade Center was averted when an alert air traffic controller, Donald Zimmerman, ordered the pilot to turn right and to climb. With 58 persons on board, the Boeing 707 had descended to 1,500 feet (460 m) in a heavy fog. At 10:05 pm, the plane had been 75 seconds away from impact when Zimmerman was able to contact the pilot.

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