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In 1980, In Super Bowl XIV played in Pasadena, California, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in a come-from-behind victory; Steelers go to 4-0 (a first) in Super Bowls. Terry Bradshaw stole the show as he set several Super Bowl records and won his second straight MVP award. The game was viewed in a record 35,330,000 homes. More than 100,000 attended the 14th Super Bowl — the largest crowd in the history of the event.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter announced that the U.S. Olympic team would not participate in the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the previous month.

In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President.

In 1981, On Guiding Light, Jennifer Richards (Geraldine Court) confessed on the witness that she was born Jane Marie Stafford. She also revealed Amanda Wexler McFarren (Kathleen Cullen) was her daughter, a product of her relationship with Alan Spaulding (Christopher Bernau). Note: The episode was interrupted on the east coast with breaking news of the release of 52 American hostages in Iran after 444 days in captivity. Fans were furious to miss the climax of this story. President Ronald Reagan had been inaugurated earlier in the day.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the 40th president of the United States. That same day, 52 American hostages were released by Iran after 444 days in captivity. In the eight years that followed, Reagan was the subject of hundreds of funny records heard all over morning radio and Doctor Demento.

In 1981, “Gimmie Me Back My Bullets” album by Lynyrd Skynyrd was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1981, “The Postman Always Rings Twice” opened in movie theaters.

In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne was hospitalized after biting the head off a dead bat thrown at him during a live performance in Des Moines. Ozzy thought it was plastic. He was later forced to undergo rabies shots. In a South Park episode in 1998, a cartoonized Ozzy bit off the head of Kenny!

In 1986, Asa was duped into marrying Pamela (wife number six) on “One Life to Live”

In 1986, Britain and France announced plans to build the Channel Tunnel — “Chunnel” — under the English Channel between the two countries.

In 1986, Lost film footage from the 1931 horror classic “Frankenstein” was discovered; MCA/Universal made plans to insert the cut scenes back into the Boris Karloff classic.

In 1986, On Santa Barbara, Mason (Lane Davies) was shocked when C.C. (Jed Allan) revealed himself. "The doctor said you were improving but this is incredible," said Mason after dropping his glass. Mason then revealed he was the new CEO of Capwell Enterprises.

In 1986, The United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1987, “Hill Street Blues” (NBC): The refuse piles high as a garbage strike hits the Hill; Howard is pressed back into service on the SWAT team; substitute garbageman Hill (Michael Warren) loses his cool and trashes a funeral procession honoring a neighborhood drug kingpin; LaRue and Washington recruit an “unqualified” technician to help a lab expedite the paperwork on a cocaine sample for court; Flaherty and Russo are impressed by a feisty old man who stood up to crack dealers. Sloan: Moses Gunn. Ballantine: Gary Miller. Sid: Peter Jurasik. Howard: James B. Sikking. LaRue: Kiel Martin.

In 1987, “The Return Of Bruno” album by Bruce Willis was released. Bruce might have said “If Don Johnson can release a record, then so can I!”

In 1987, “Unsolved Mysteries” (as a special hosted by Raymond Burr) began airing on NBC

In 1988, At third annual Rock ʹNʹ Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, Mick inducts the Beatles (referring to them as “the four headed monster”), then participates in the superjam with Dylan, Springsteen, Elton John, George Harrison, and many others.

In 1989, George H.W. Bush was sworn in as the 41st president of the United States; Dan Quayle was sworn in as vice president.

In 1989, President Reagan becomes first president elected in a “0” year, since 1840, to leave office alive. George W. Bush, the son of George H.W. Bush, became the second since then in 2000.

In 1989, “Eternal Flame” single by The Bangles was released

In 1989, “Father Dowling Mysteries”, TV Crime Drama; debut on NBC.

In 1984, "The Buddy System" was released by 20th Century Fox; Glenn A. Jordan (director); Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Nancy Allen, Jean Stapleton, Wil Wheaton, Edward Winter, Keene Curtis, Milton Selzer, F. William Parker; Romance, Comedy; Live Action

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