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1980


Jan
1
Comic book debut of Kitty Pryde.Comic book debut of Kitty Pryde. This member of the X-Men team with the power to phase through solid objects made her debut in Uncanny X-Men #129.Superhero Origins: Kitty Pryde of the X-Men

1
Debut of the Marvel Comics character Emma FrostDebut of the Marvel Comics character Emma Frost (1980)Top 10 Marvel Superheroines

7
Jimmy Carter authorizes $1.5 billion in loans to ChryslerPresident Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation (1980)History of Chrysler: from Plymouth to Dodge and Jeep

17
Birthday of Zooey DeschanelBirthday of Zooey Deschanel (1980)Top 13 Hot Actresses of 2013

18
Birthday of Jason SegelBirthday of Jason Segel (1980)Jason Segel Bio: From How I Met Your Mother To The Five-Year Engagement
Top 10 How I Met Your Mother Running Gags
How I Met Your Mother vs. Friends

28
Birthday of Nick Carter Birthday of Nick Carter (1980)Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Discusses Solo Album I'm Taking Off

Feb
1
Comic book debut of Dazzler in Uncanny X-Men #130.Debut of Dazzler in Uncanny X-Men #130. She is a mutant with the ability to convert sound vibrations into light and energy beams, Dazzler was originally developed as a cross-promotional, multi-media creation between Casablanca and Marvel Comics. Top 10 Ridiculous Superhero Powers

7
Release: Cannibal HolocaustThe film Cannibal Holocaust is released (1980)Top 10 Controversial Movies (EXPLICIT)
Top 10 Torture Porn Movies

12
Birthday of Christina RicciBirthday of Christina Ricci (1980)Top 10 Underrated Actresses

18
The song Funkytown by Lipps Inc. is releasedThe song Funkytown by Lipps Inc. is released (1980)Top 10 Cheesiest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

19
Death of Bon ScottDeath of Bon Scott [AC/DC] (1980)AC DC: History of the Hard Rock Band
Top 10 Frontmen in Heavy Metal and Hard Rock

22
Miracle on Ice takes placeMiracle on Ice takes place (1980)Top 10 Sports Upsets

Mar
7
Release: Coal Miner's DaughterCoal Miner's Daughter, a film about the life of Loretta Lynn (1980)Top 10 Music Biopic Performances

21
"Who shot J.R.?" on Dallas?On the season finale of the soap opera Dallas, the infamous character J.R. Ewing is shot by an unseen assailant, leading to the catchphrase "Who shot J.R.?" (1980)Top 10: Greatest Television Cliffhangers

21
United States boycotts Summer Olympics in MoscowUS President Jimmy Carter announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan (1980)Biography of Jimmy Carter: From Peanut Farmer to President

23
Release: Release of Journey's 'Departure'Release of Journey's 'Departure' (1980)Journey and Steve Perry: History of 'Don't Stop Believin' Band

29
Birthday of Chris D'EliaBirthday of Chris D'Elia, a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor, and writer best known for his role on the NBC sitcom 'Whitney.'Comedian Chris D'Elia on Impressions, Playing Drunk on TV

Apr
8
Birthday of Katee SackhoffBirthday of Katee Sackhoff (1980)Top 10 Epic TV Cameos

12
Terry Fox begins Marathon of Hope Terry Fox begins Marathon of Hope (1980)Terry Fox: A Single Dream, A World Of Hope

14
Birthday of Win ButlerBirthday of Win Butler [Arcade Fire] (1980)Top 10 Arcade Fire Songs
The History of Arcade Fire
Top 10 Alternative Bands of the 2000s

14
Release: Iron Maiden's Self-Titled Album is releasedIron Maiden's Self-Titled Album is released (1980).Top 10 Iron Maiden Songs

21
Boston Marathon Cheater Rosie Ruiz participates in the Boston MarathonBoston Marathon Cheater Rosie Ruiz participates in the Boston Marathon (1980).Top 10 Unsportsmanlike Moments in Sports

26
Birthday of Channing TatumBirthday of Channing Tatum (1980)Channing Tatum Biography (UPDATE)
Top 10 Decade Defining Actors: 2010s
Channing Tatum Bio: From G.I. Joe to Magic Mike
Top 10 Male Models-Turned-Actors
Top 10 Romantic Male Actors

29
Death of Alfred Hitchcock Death: Alfred Hitchcock (1980)The Life and Career of Alfred Hitchcock
Top 10 Director-Actor Partnerships

May
2
Birthday of skateboarder Pierre-Luc Gagnon Birthday of Pierre-Luc Gagnon [skateboarder] (1980)Interview with Pro Skateboarder Pierre-Luc Gagnon

9
Release: Theatrical release of Friday the 13th.Theatrical release of Friday the 13th. This slasher horror film spawned an entire franchise based on the killing of teens.Top 10 Murderous Women in Film
Top 10 Horror Movie Villain Motivations
Top 10 Horror Movie Franchises

16
Release: The Long RidersThe film The Long Riders is released (1980)Top 10 Greatest Movie Knife Fights

18
Death of Ian CurtisDeath of Ian Curtis (1980)Top 10 Musicians Who Died Too Soon

18
The eruption of Mount St. Helens1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage (1980)Top 10 Infamous Natural Disasters of the Last 100 Years

20
Quebec's first referendum on independenceIn a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada (1980)Top 10 Places Fighting for Independence

21
Release: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackThe film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released (1980)Top 10 Coolest Movie Characters
Top 10 Memorable Movie Insults
Top 10 Bounty Hunters in Movies
The Origins of Yoda
Top 10 Best Movie Sequels
Top 10 Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Top 10 Best Blockbuster Movie Franchises
Top 10 Movies of the 1980s
Top 10 Movies of All Time

22
Pac-Man is released in JapanNamco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man (1980)Stuck In 2D: Pac-Man
Top 10 Disappointing Arcade Ports

23
The psychological horror film The Shining is released.The psychological horror film The Shining is released. It is a popular adaptation of Stephen King's novel by director Stanley Kubrick and stars actor Jack Nicholson.Top 10 Haunted Houses From Film

23
Release: The ShiningThe Shining is released (1980).Top 10 Dramatic Slow Motion Scenes
Top 10 Stanley Kubrick Movies
Top 10 Movie Drinking Games
Top 10 Improvised Movie Moments
Top 10 Stephen King Adaptations
Top 10 Movies of the 1980s
Top 10 Jack Nicholson Performances

23
undefinedTheatrical release of 'The Shining'. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, this film focused on a family trapped in a haunted hotel.Top 10 Iconic Horror Movie Moments

Jun
1
The news network CNN first launchesThe news network CNN first launches (1980)Top 10 Trends of the 1980s

17
Birthday of Venus Williams Birthday of Venus Williams (1980)Biography: Venus and Serena Williams - Tennis Stars

20
Release: The Blues BrothersThe film The Blues Brothers is released (1980)Top 10 Rock 'n' Roll Movies

26
Birthday of Jason SchwartzmanBirthday of Jason SchwartzmanTop 10 Acting Debuts in Movies

26
Birthday of Michael VickBirthday of Michael Vick, an American football playerTop 10 Controversial Athletes

Jul
2
Release: Airplane!The film Airplane! is released (1980)Top 10 Greatest Airplane Movies

18
Release: Release of Joy Division album CloserRelease of Joy Division album Closer (1980)Top 10 Posthumous Albums

20
Birthday of The All-American Rejects' Mike Kennerty Birthday of Mike Kennerty [The All-American Rejects] (1980)Interview With Mike from the All-American Rejects

20
Birthday: Gisele Bundchen Birthday: Gisele Bundchen (1980) Top 10 Supermodels of the 1990s

21
Back in Black is releasedBack in Black is released (1980).Top 10 Guitar Riffs of the All Time
Top 10 AC/DC Songs

23
Birthday of Michelle Willams of Destiny's ChildBirthday of Michelle Willams of Destiny's Child (1980)Top 10 Destiny’s Child Songs

24
Death of Peter SellersDeath of Peter Sellers (1980)Top 10 Fictional Movie Presidents

25
Back in Black by AC DC is releasedAC DCs best selling album, Back in Black, is released (1980)AC DC: History of the Hard Rock Band
Top 10 Hard Rock Bands of the 1980s
Top 10 Greatest Best-Selling Albums of All Time

25
Release: CaddyshackThe film Caddyshack is released (1980)Top 10 Trends of the 1980s
Top 10 Directorial Debuts in Film
Top 10 Movie Idiots

Aug
13
The song Whip It by Devo is releasedThe song Whip It by Devo is released (1980)Top 10 Cheesiest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

22
Release: Another One Bites the Dust by Queen is releasedAnother One Bites the Dust by Queen is released (1980).Top 10 Workout Songs

26
Birth of actor Chris Pine.Birth of actor Chris Pine. He is an American actor that is Bbest known for his role as James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek, but has also starred in such films as Unstoppable, and This Means War.Chris Pine Vs Chris Evans Vs Chris Hemsworth: Actor Showdown

Sep
19
Birthday of Tegan and SaraBirthday of Tegan and Sara (1980)Interview with Tegan and Sara: Origins and Influences
Interview with Tegan and Sara on 'Heartthrob'

19
Release: Don't Stand So Close to Me by The Police is releasedDon't Stand So Close to Me by The Police is released (1980)Top 10 Jailbait Songs

20
Release: Blizzard of Ozz is releasedBlizzard of Ozz is released (1980).Top 10 Ozzy Osbourne Songs

20
The Crazy Train single by Ozzy Osbourne is releasedThe Crazy Train single by Ozzy Osbourne is released (1980).Top 10 Guitar Riffs of the All Time

25
Death of John Bonham of Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, dies (1980)The History of Led Zeppelin
Top 10 Rock Drummers

29
Birthday of Singer Dallas GreenDallas Green of City and ColourInterview with City and Colour

Oct
1
Debut of the comic book character Cyborg.Debut of the comic book character Cyborg. Cyborg is best known as a member of the Teen Titans.Superhero Origins: Cyborg

3
Release: Zenyatta Mondatta album by The PoliceZenyatta Mondatta album by The Police (1980)Top 10 The Police Songs

10
American Theatrical release of The Elephant Man.American Theatrical release of The Elephant Man. It is a drama based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London. Top 10 Disfigured Movie Characters

13
Release: INXS' self-titled debut is releasedINXS' self-titled debut is released in Australia The History of INXS

17
Release: The River is releasedThe River is released (1980).Top 10 Bruce Springsteen Songs

21
Birthday of Kim Kardashian Birthday of Kim Kardashian (1980)Keeping Up With Kim Kardashian

Nov
3
Super Trouper is releasedSuper Trouper is released (1980)Top 10 ABBA Songs

7
Death of Steve McQueen.Steve McQueen dies (1980). He starred in the movies The Great Escape and Papillon.Top 10 Prison Escape Films

8
Release: Motorhead album, Ace of Spades, is releasedMotorhead album, 'Ace of Spades,' is releasedThe History of Motorhead

12
Birthday of Ryan GoslingBirthday of actor Ryan Gosling (1980)Top 10 Decade Defining Actors: 2010s
Ryan Gosling Bio: Life and Career
Ryan Gosling Vs Bradley Cooper: Hollywood Showdown
Top 10 Romantic Male Actors

14
Release: Raging BullThe film Raging Bull is released (1980)Top 10 Dramatic Slow Motion Scenes

17
Birthday of Isaac HansonPop trio Hanson talks about their album "Shout It Out" and their video "Thinking 'bout Somethin."Hanson Talks 'Shout It Out,' Weird Al

Dec
4
Led Zeppelin disbands following death of John BonhamEnglish rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th (1980)The History of Led Zeppelin

5
Release: Flash GordonThe film Flash Gordon is released (1980)Top 10 Movies So Bad They're Good
Top 10 Unresolved Movie Cliffhangers

8
Death of John LennonDeath of John Lennon (1980)Top 10 Actors Recreated With Special Effects
The Life and Career of John Lennon
The History of The Beatles
Top 10 Beatles Moments
Top 10 Crazy Conspiracy Theories
Top 10 Musicians Who Died Too Soon
Top 10 Decade Defining Musical Acts: 1960s
Top 10 Controversial Figures in Rock History
Top 10 Beatles Songs
Top 10 Rock 'n' Roll Movies

10
Birthday of Massari Birthday of Massari (1980)Interview with Singer Massari

11
The TV show Magnum, P.I. airs its first episodeThe TV series Magnum, P.I. airs its first episode (1980)Top 10 TV Detectives
Top 10 Live-Action TV Cars
Top 10 Ferraris from Movies and TV

16
Death of Colonel SandersDeath of Colonel Sanders (1980).Top 10 Fast Food Mascots
Top 10 Sports Curses

18
Birthday of Christina AguileraBirthday of Christina Aguilera (1980).Top 10 Female Vocalists
Top 10 Music Feuds and Rivalries
Top 10 Sexiest Female Singers: Modern Edition
Britney Spears Vs. Christina Aguilera: Music Showdown

19
Release: Raging BullThe film Raging Bull is released (1980)Another Top 10 Continuous Movie Shots
Top 10 Greatest Martin Scorsese Movies
Top 10 Robert De Niro Moments
Top 10 Movies of the 1980s

23
The Winnipeg Jets snap their record 30 game winless streakThe Winnipeg Jets snap their record 30 game winless streak (1980)Top 10 Losing Streaks in Sports