Top 20 Things That Happened In 1980

Today’s Flasback ’80s Song of The Day in honor of  Jack FM’s Flashback Prom with A Flock Of Seagulls is “What I Like About You” by none other than The Romantics themselves.

The song came out in 1980, arguably the dawn of one of the greatest musical decades every known to mankind.

Do you remember what you were doing in 1980? Here’s twenty facts to stir your memory.

  • Get your quarters ready, kids: the Pac-Man arcade game is created.
  • Ronald Reagan is elected as President of the United States.
  • The Rubiks cube is sold internationally and becomes on the world’s most popular toys.

    Photo by Tim Whitby//Getty Images

    Photo by Tim Whitby//Getty Images

  • The Beatles’ John Lennon is shot to death in December of 1980 by Mark David Chapman outside of his New York apartment.
  • United States–and 65 other countries–boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union. It was a protest against the Soviet War in Pakistan in 1979.
  • Dallas was one of the most popular television shows of the day and inspired the catchphrase “Who Shot J.R.?”john lennon1 Top 20 Things That Happened In 1980
  • A fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas killing 85 people.
  • At 14-years-old Nigel Short was the youngest chess player to be deemed an International Master.
  • Kramer vs. Kramer wins the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • 14-year-old Brooke Shields appeared in the controversial Calvin Klein commercial saying that nothing came between her and her Calvins. Something did though; television overlords had the commercial pulled.

    Photo by Getty Images

    Photo by Getty Images

  • Ian Curtis of Joy Division is found hanged in May of 1980.
  • 52nd Street by Billy Joel wins a Grammy for Album of the Year.
  • Richard Pryor burns himself freebasing cocaine.
  • Led Zeppelin breaks up after drummer John Bonham dies. 😦
  • “Call Me” by Blondie was the #1 song of the year.
  • In April of 1980, the “Post-It” note debuted throughout the United States by 3M.
  • The First Persian Gulf War between Iran and Iraq starts and lasts 8 years.

    Photo by Dan Callister//Getty Images

    Photo by Dan Callister//Getty Images

  • Mt. St. Helens in Washington state erupts, leading to 57 deaths and 3 billion dollars worth of damage.
  • The five most popular movies of the year were The Shining, Stars Wars: Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, Caddyshack, and The Blues Brothers.
  • U.S. news television station CNN is founded by media mogul Ted Turner. It is the first all news network.

–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles


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