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What happen in 1980


  • Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States of America, after a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter...
  • Zimbabwe achieves Black African majority rule. Robert Mugabe becomes the first Prime Minister.
  • Mount St Helens erupted (Washington state, USA), 36 die
  • Bjorn Borg defeats John McEnroe to win his fifth successive Wimbledon title
  • the 22nd Olympic Games are held in Moscow, and are boycotted by over 50 nations
  • War begins between Iraq and Iran when Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to gain control over Abadan and the Shatt al Arab waterway.
  • The Rose by Bette Middler...from the movie
  • Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police
  • Fade to Grey by Visage
  • Going Underground by The Jam
  • I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
  • Rapture by Blondie
  • Turning Japanese by The Vapors
  • Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles


TV and at the MOVIES
  • The Dukes Of Hazzard (Those Good Ole Boys and the General Lee)
  • Diff'rent Strokes (What you looking at Willis?)
  • Soap , the bubbliest take off of all the soaps
  • The Love Boat sailed through another season
  • Dallas asked us 'who shot JR?'
  • Battlestar Gallactica (I never watched that)
  • Kramer vs Kramer won the Best Movie at the Oscars
  • Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs Kramer) was Best Actor
  • Sally Field (Norma Rae) was Best Actress
  • The Empire Strikes Back told us who Luke's father really was
  • Airplane! had us all laughing in the aisles


People who died in 1980
  • Alfred Hitchcock (b.1899, film director)
  • John Lennon (b.1940 musician, assassinated in New York)
  • Peter Sellers (b.1925, British comedian)
  • Mae West (b.1890, film actress)
  • Steve McQueen (b.1930, actor)
  • Jimmy Durante (b.1893, american comedian)


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