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In 1980, The Los Angeles Rams, behind three field goals by Frank Corral, beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0 to win the NFC Championship. This is the first conference championship game in NFL history without a touchdown being scored.

In 1980, The Pittsburgh Steelers advance to their fourth Super Bowl appearance since 1974 by eliminating the Houston Oilers for the second consecutive year with a 27-13 triumph in the AFC title game.

In 1980, TV drama “Skag” starring Karl Malden premiered on NBC for a short run.

In 1981, By a vote of 6-2, the city council approves changing the name of San Diego Stadium to San Diego — Jack Murphy Stadium. The Padres ballparkʹs new moniker is in honor of the late sports editor of the San Diego Union, who was instrumental in building the facility in the late 1960s and bringing major league baseball and football to the Southern California city.

In 1981, The gang behind “Dallas” conjures up the prime-time soap “Flamingo Road” for NBC. Here, the setting is Florida and the star is Howard Duff, but supporting players include two future “Saint Elsewhere” doctors, Mark Harmon and Cynthia Sikes, and also starring…my wife,…Morgan Fairchild…yeah, thatʹs the ticket! OK Jon Lovitz, you're done editing this entry!

In 1983, Linda Dano debuted as Felicia Gallant on Another World.

In 1983, President Reagan signed a bill boosting the federal gasoline tax by a nickel to nine cents per gallon, in order to raise money for road repair and other transportation needs.

In 1984, Alabama released "Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)" as the first single and title track to the band's album Roll On which went to #1 on the Country charts. The track was the twelfth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.

In 1984, James Farentino, Dana Carvey and ex-footballers Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus star in ABCʹs “Blue Thunder,” based on the hit film about a seemingly indestructible police helicopter.

In 1984, “The New Show” premiered on NBC. Produced by Lorne Michaels, itʹs almost identical to “Saturday Night Live”…except itʹs in primetime, on Friday nights, taped, a half hour shorter, and not particularly funny. But it does have Buck Henry, and guest appearances from “SCTVʹs” Catherine OʹHara and John Candy.

In 1986, KNAC-FM hard rock and roll radio signed on in Long Beach

In 1986, On General Hospital, Alan (Stuart Damon) grabbed Monica (Leslie Charleson) and tried to kiss her. She angrily told him to keep his hands to himself: "You keep your hands off me until I say I'm ready! You got that?". Meanwhile, Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman) was kidnapped and held hostage in Laurelton.

In 1986, “Bruce Forsythʹs Hot Streak” began airing on ABC. That didnʹt last long. It was one of ABCʹs last forays in daytime TV game shows.

In 1986, “Card Sharks” returned to be airing new episodes on CBS.

In 1988, Mike Tysonʹs management signs a $26.5 million seven-fight deal with HBO.

In 1989, “The CBS Late Movie”, which evolved into anything but movies, had its last airing.

In 1989, “The Hitchhiker” TV Thriller debut on USA.

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