Do you Remember 1980?
I was in my first year of Grad School at the University of Connecticut.
This site helped my memory! http://www.liketotally80s.com/80s-capsules-1980.html
I loved listening to Devo and Blondie songs.
Funkytown and Turning Japanese were songs that we danced to at the Disco!
Movies I loved where The Empire Strikes Back, Caddyshack, Private Benjamin, American Gigolo, and The Blues Brothers.
I worked for Apple for a few years starting in 1984. Here is a presentation in 1980 from Steve Jobs!
Here are a few items of note from the timeline. So interesting!
We didn’t have the internet yet!
Some dates from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980
January 7 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation approving $1.5 billion in loan guarantees to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
March 21 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
April 7 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions, following the taking of American hostages on November 4, 1979.
May 21 – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released.
May 22 – Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released.
June 1 – The Cable News Network (CNN) is officially launched.
June 27 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs Proclamation 4771, requiring 18- to 25-year-old males to register for a peacetime military draft, in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
August 7–August 31 – Lech Walesa leads the first of many strikes at the Gdansk Shipyard.
August 17 – In Australia, baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Ayers Rock (Uluru), reportedly taken by a dingo.
October 21 – World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals 4–2 in game 6.
November 4 – United States presidential election, 1980: Republican challenger and former Governor Ronald Reagan of California defeats incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter, exactly 1 year after the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis.
November 21 (two things)
- A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip kills 85 people.
- A then-record number of viewers (for an entertainment program) tune into the U.S. TV soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J.R. Ewing. The “Who shot J.R.?” event is an international obsession.
December 8 – John Lennon, an English musician and peace activist, is murdered in New York City.
A David Letterman clip from 1980 with Andy Kaufman