Wednesday, April 22, 2009

1980 - The Year I Was Born

So I was born on July 02, 1980! Per our bloggin' challenge over at, I am listing some fun facts from the year I was born. I know there is a lot, but I wanted to include anything I might like to put on a future LO!

President: Jimmy Carter
Vice President: Walter Mondale

Billboard Top 10:
1. Call Me – Blondie
2. Fame – Irene Cara
3. Working My Way Back To You – Spinners
4. Funkytown – Lipps, Inc.
5. Little Jeannie – Elton John
6. Upside Down – Diana Ross
7. He’s So Shy – Pointer Sisters
8. Please Don’t Go – KC & The Sunshine Band
9. Do That To Me One More Time – Captain & Tennille
10. Take You Time (Do It Right) Part 1 – The S.O.S. Band

Grammy Awards (held 2/27/1980):
Record Of The Year: “What a Fool Believes” The Doobie Brothers
Album of the Year: 52nd Street – Billy Joel
Song Of The Year: “What a Fool Beliefs” The Doobie Brothers
Best New Artist: Rickie Lee Jones
Best Recording For Children: Jim Henson and Paul Williams The Muppets
Best Comedy Recording: Robin Williams, Reality… What a Concept
Best Female Country Vocal: “Blue Kentucky Girl” Emmylou Harris
Best Male Country Vocal: “The Gambler” Kenny Rogers
Best Duo/Band Country Vocal: “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” The Charlie Daniels Band
Best Country Song: “You Decorated My Life” Kenny Rogers
Best Disco Song: “I Will Survie” Gloria Gaynor
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” Dionne Warwick (I love her!)
Best Male Rock Vocal: “Gotta Serve Somebody” Bob Dylan
Best Band/Duo Rock Vocal: “Heartache Tonight” by The Eagles

Top Grossing Movies:
Nine To Five
Superman II
Stir Crazy
Any Which Way You Can
Ordinary People
Urban Cowboy
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Dressed To Kill

Favorite TV Shows:
60 Minutes
Three’s Company
The Jeffersons
The Dukes of Hazzard
That’s Incredible
One Day At A Time
Archie Bunker’s Place
Eight is Enough
House Calls
Real People
Happy Days
Little House on the Prairie
Charlie’s Angels
Trapper John, M.D.

• Nigel Short(14)is the youngest chess player awarded degree of International Master.
• Pittsburgh Steelers become the first NFL franchise to win 4 Super Bowls.
• Riot at the New Mexico State Penitentiary.
• US Olympic Hockey Team defeats the Soviet Union in the semifinals.
• Voyager 1 confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.
• Pierre Trudeau returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.
• The first rock music festival kicks off in the Soviet Uniton.
• United States boycotts the Summer Olympics in Moscow.
• The Georgia Guidestones are erected in Elbert County, Georgia.
• New York City’s Transport Works Union Local goes on strike.
• U.S. severs diplomatic relations with Iran.
• Spain and the UK reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain.
• Iron Maiden’s debut self-titled album Iron Maiden is released.
• Race riots occur for three days after a court in Miama acquits 4 white officers of killing Arthur McDuffie.
• Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington.
• Voters in Quebec reject by a vote of 60% a proposal to seek independence from Canada.
• Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released.
• Pac Man (best selling arcade game of all time) is released.
• In South Korea, military government forces and pro-democracy protestors clash; 2,000 protestors die.
• CNN is officially launched.
• A series of deadly tornadoes strike Grand Island, Nebraska.
• Jimmy Carter signs Proclamation 4771, requiring 19 & 20 year old males to register for a peacetime military draft.
• AC/DC releases Back in Black. (I love this album!)
• In Australia baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Ayers Rock, reportedly taken by a dingo.
• Ordinary People a movie directed by Robert Redfort premieres.
• Iran-Iraq war is initiated.
• Six IRA prisoners refuse food and demand status as political prisoners.
• A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV occurs.
• Millions of viewers tune into Dallas to learn “Who Shot J.R?”
• John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman.
• United States experiences a 1980’s heat wave.
• Victoria Australia decriminalizes homosexual acts between consenting adults.
• Teen Line is founded in Los Angeles, California.
• Reagan wins the presidential election by a landslide against Jimmy Carter and John B. Anderson.


  1. u got a good list together! i wish it was my year caus emy lazy butt does not want to look up my own!

  2. Yipee! Another 1980s person! Awesome list!

  3. Ok I am older lol by 2 days :)
    I found the music stuff but nothing else really cool I am thinking about making a CD of the popular song from birthdays past.

  4. I graduated HS in 1979 and was in college in 1980 so most everything here is very familiar and takes me back. I remember watching tv and the news breaking in when John Lennon was shot. I remember the US Hockey team too, everyone was so excited. I was in college in NW Wisconsin, what I can I say there are a lot of hockey addicts there. Oh boy am I OLD!! :D Thanks for sharing this list.

  5. Awesome, flashbacks I tell ya :)

    Thanks for including that little Canadian note :)

    You do realize it wasn't called Star Wars: Episode V when it was released...I actually saw that one in the theatre when it came out...fortunately the power went out all over town half way through I wasn't subject to watch the rest until about 15 years I can't count how many times I have seen it.

  6. You were born the year my husband graduated high school!! You are just a baby. LOL!!

  7. Oh see now I know most of those songs, and just yesterday watched a special on Dolly Parton and her movie Nine to Five and how the song came about! She was playing the tune on her acrylic nails! Awesome list!!