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  1. Pete

    On This Day June 5, 1984: Sheila E Released Her Debut Album “The Glamorous Life”

    On this day, June 5, 1984, Sheila E released her debut album, “The Glamorous Life.” The album reached number 28 on the US Billboard 200 charts.
  2. 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.
  3. Pete

    On This Day May 14, 1984: Chicago's 'Chicago 17' Album Release and Peter Cetera's Farewell

    On this day May 14, 1984, Chicago released their 14th album, "Chicago 17," which reached #4 on the Billboard charts and hit #1 in Sweden. The album sold over 6 million copies in the US. Notably, "Chicago 17" marked the last album featuring lead singer Peter Cetera before his departure from the band.
  4. 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...
  5. Pete

    On This Day May 11 1984, Firestarter Ignites the Screen

    On this day May 11, 1984, the film "Firestarter" was released, directed by Mark L. Lester and featuring a star-studded cast including Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Heather Locklear, George C. Scott, Louise Fletcher, and Martin Sheen. Made with a budget of $12 million, the film grossed $18 million...
  6. Pete

    On This Day May 10 1982, Rio by Duran Duran was Released

    On this day May 10 1983, Duran Duran released their second album, "Rio." While it reached #6 on the Billboard charts, it soared to #1 in Canada. The album's popularity was evident with over 2 million copies sold in the US alone.
  7. Pete

    On This Day May 6, 1985 Duran Duran's A View to a Kill was Released

    On this day May 6, 1985, 'A View to a Kill' by Duran Duran dominated the music scene. This chart-topper claimed the #1 spot in America for two weeks, from July 13 to 26. Additionally, the song reached the pinnacle of the charts in Canada, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, and Denmark. Notably, 'A View to...
  8. 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.
  9. Pete

    On This Day May 3 1985, Code Of Silence was Released

    On this day May 3, 1985, "Code of Silence" Directed by Andrew Davis, Featuring Chuck Norris and Dennis Farina, Debuted. The Film Had a Budget of $7 Million and Grossed $20.3 Million at the Box Office.
  10. Pete

    On This Day April 30 1982, A Flock of Seagulls Soars: Debut Album was Released

    On this day April 30, 1982, A Flock of Seagulls' debut album was released. The album reached #10 on the Billboard charts.
  11. Pete

    On This Day April 29 1983, Valley Girl Was Releases

    On this day April 29, 1983 the film "Valley Girl," directed by Martha Coolidge and starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink, Elizabeth Daily, Cameron Dye, and Michael Bowen, was made with a budget of $350,000. It went on to gross $17.3 million at the box office. Did you know...
  12. Pete

    On This Day April 28 1989, Loverboy was Released

    On this day April 28 1989, the film "Loverboy" hit theaters, directed by John Micklin Silver and featuring a star-studded cast including Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Carrie Fisher, and Kirstie Alley. Despite an $8.5 million budget, it only earned $3.9 million at the box office.
  13. Pete

    On This Day April 27 1984, 'Love Letter' was Released

    On this day April 27 1984, the film "Love Letter," directed by Amy Holden Jones and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Bonnie Bartlett, and James Keach, was released. Made on a budget of $600,000, it went on to earn $5.2 million at the box office.
  14. Pete

    On This Day April 26 1989, Richard Marx's 'Repeat Offender' Dominates Charts

    On this day April 26 1988, Richard Marx's second album, "Repeat Offender," topped both the US Billboard 200 Charts and reached number one in Australia. It includes the hit single "Right Here Waiting" and sold over 4 million copies in the US.
  15. Pete

    On This Day April 25 1983, Young Samantha Smith was Invited to the Soviet Union

    On this day April 25 1983, Samantha Smith, a young American student, was invited to visit the Soviet Union after her letter expressing concerns about nuclear war was read by Soviet leader Yuri Andropov.
  16. Pete

    April 24, 1989: Tom Petty's Debut Solo Album 'Full Moon Fever' Hits Stores

    On this day April 24, 1989, Tom Petty's debut solo album, "Full Moon Fever," hit the shelves. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Charts and included hits like "Won't Back Down" and "Free Fallin'." The album went on to sell over 5 million copies in the US.
  17. 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.
  18. Pete

    Iron Maiden’s ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Released Today April 23, 1988

    On this day April 23, 1988, Iron Maiden's seventh album, "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son," debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Charts. Additionally, it reached the number one spot in the UK and Finland.
  19. Pete

    On This Day April 23, 1985: Men at Work's 'Two Hearts' Made Its Debut

    On this day April 23, 1985, "Two Hearts," the third and final album by Men at Work, debuted at number 50 on the Billboard Charts.
  20. Pete

    April 23, 1983: Dexys Midnight Runners' 'Come on Eileen' Hits #1 on US Billboard Charts

    On this day April 23, 1983, "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners topped the US Billboard Charts, holding the number one position from April 23 to April 29. Additionally, it reached the number one spot in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.