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1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1980th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 980th year of the 2nd millennium, the 80th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1980s decade.

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  1. Pete

    On This Day June 6, 1980: "Urban Cowboy" Premiered in Theaters

    On this day, June 6, 1980, "Urban Cowboy" premiered in theaters, starring John Travolta, Debra Winger, and Scott Glenn. Did You Know? John Travolta became so skilled at mechanical bull riding that the stunt double was no longer needed.
  2. Pete

    June 2, 1980: Cold Chisel Releases Their 3rd Album “East”

    On this day, June 2, 1980, Cold Chisel released their third album, “East.” The album reached number 2 in Australia and won the Australian Album of the Year award.
  3. Pete

    On This Day May 31, 1980: “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. Becomes the #1 Song in America

    On this day, May 31, 1980, “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. reached the number one spot in America, holding the position from May 31 to June 27. The song also topped the charts in Canada, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel, selling...
  4. Pete

    Magic by Olivia Newton-John: was Releases Today On May, 23 1980

    On this day May 23, 1980, "Magic" by Olivia Newton-John was released, becoming the #1 song in America from August 2 to 29. It also reached #1 in Canada.
  5. Pete

    May 23, 1980: Release of Peter Gabriel's Third Album

    On this day May 23, 1980, the album "Peter Gabriel" by Peter Gabriel was released, marking his third studio album. While it reached #22 on the Billboard Charts, it soared to the #1 spot in both the UK and France.
  6. Pete

    May 23, 1980: Premiere of 'The Shining' in Theaters

    On this day May 23, 1980, the chilling masterpiece "The Shining" made its debut in theaters. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, this psychological thriller captivated audiences with its haunting atmosphere and unforgettable performances. Fun Fact: To maintain Jack Nicholson's intense...
  7. Pete

    May 22, 1980: Release of Diana Ross's Album 'Diana'

    On May 22, 1980, the album "Diana" by Diana Ross was released, marking her 10th studio album. It reached #2 on the Billboard Charts and claimed the top spot in Sweden. The album featured hit tracks like "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out."
  8. Pete

    May 21, 1980: The Empire Strikes Back Hits Theaters

    On this day May 21, 1980, the iconic film "The Empire Strikes Back" made its debut. Directed by Irvin Kershner, this masterpiece starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Billy Dee Williams. With a budget of $18 million, the film soared to success, grossing a staggering $538 million...
  9. Pete

    On This Day May 18, 1980, Ian Curtis, Lead Singer of Joy Division, Passes Away Just Before Historic U.S. Tour

    On this day May 18, 1980, Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division, tragically took his own life at the age of 23 in his Macclesfield residence. This devastating event occurred just one day before Joy Division was set to embark on their inaugural U.S. tour.
  10. Pete

    "Devo's 'Freedom of Choice' Album Release: May 16, 1980"

    On this day May 16, 1980, Devo's third album, "Freedom of Choice," was unleashed upon the world, making its mark at #22 on the Billboard Charts. And who could forget its hit single, "Whip It"?
  11. Pete

    Released Today May 16, 1980 the Movie 'Fame'

    On this day May 16, 1980, the film "Fame" was released, directed by Alan Parker and starring Irene Cara, Barry Miller, Lee Curreri, and Gene Anthony Ray. Produced with a budget of $8.5 million, it went on to earn $42 million at the box office. Here's a fun fact. Originally titled "Hot Lunch,"...
  12. Pete

    On This Day The Assassination Attempt on Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1983

    On this day May 13, 1983, Pope John Paul II was the target of an assassination attempt when Mehmet Ali Ağca shot him twice in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Mehmet Ali Ağca was sentenced to life in prison but was pardoned by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi at the Pope's request. He was...
  13. Pete

    Chart-Topping Release: Billy Joel's 'It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me' Hits the Airwaves on May 12, 1980

    On this day May 12, 1980, Billy Joel released the hit single “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.” The song climbed to #1 in America from July 19 to August 1 and also topped the charts in Canada. It sold over 2 million copies in the US.
  14. Pete

    Friday the 13th was Released Today On May 9, 1980

    On this day May 9, 1980, Friday the 13th debuted in theaters. Despite its modest $500,000 budget, the film went on to earn nearly $60 million. Fun fact: Kevin Bacon's character, Jack Burrell, met his demise at the hands of Jason Voorhees.
  15. Pete

    Happy Days Farewell: Ron Howard and Donny Most Leave the Cast as Regulars - May 6, 1980

    On this day May 6 1980, Ron Howard and Donny Most bid farewell to the regular cast of Happy Days. Their departure coincided with the airing of the final episode titled "Ralph's Family Problem." Upon the show's return in the fall, Henry Winkler, portraying The Fonz, was granted top billing.
  16. Pete

    On This Day May 4 1980, America's Top 10 Made Its Premiere

    On May 4, 1980, "America's Top 10" debuted in syndication, serving as the television counterpart to radio's "American Top 40," which was also hosted by Casey Kasem. This show holds sentimental value for me. During the early 80s I had no MTV so for me it was all about this show.
  17. Pete

    April 25, 1980: Black Sabbath Releases 'Heaven and Hell' with New Lead Singer Ronnie James Dio

    On this day April 25 1980, Black Sabbath launched their ninth album, "Heaven and Hell," marking their debut with new lead singer Ronnie James Dio. Fun Fact: Ozzy Osbourne served as the lead singer from 1968 to 1979, but the band dismissed him due to struggles with alcohol and drug abuse.
  18. Pete

    On this Day April 24 1980, Cameosis: Cameo's 5th Album was Released

    On this day April 24, 1980, Cameo's fifth album, "Cameosis," reached number 5 on the Billboard Charts and claimed the number 1 spot in R&B. Fans of Cameo hailed it as their best album.
  19. Pete

    AC/DC's New Era: Brian Johnson Joins as Frontman On April 19, 1980

    On April 19 1980, Brian Johnson stepped into the role of AC/DC's new frontman, replacing the late Bon Scott, who tragically passed away from alcohol poisoning.
  20. Pete

    "Call Me" by Blondie Tops the Charts in America on April 19, 1980

    On this day April 19, 1980, Blondie's "Call Me" rose to the top spot as the #1 song in America, maintaining its position until May 30. This catchy tune also topped the charts in the UK and Canada. Its popularity soared after being featured in the 1980 film "American Gigolo," starring Richard Gere.