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The 80's Datebook for February 24

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In 1980, NBC premieres the TV movie “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” based on Jeannie C. Rileyʹs hit single.

In 1980, The U.S. hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to clinch its gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. The “Miracle on Ice” drama had begun earlier with the U.S. teamʹs stunning upset win over the powerful Soviet team on February 22.

In 1980, Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) became the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season before the age of 20.

In 1981, On General Hospital, Jeff Webber (Richard Dean Anderson) accused Heather (Robin Mattson) of faking amnesia and knowing for years that PJ was actually their son, Steven Lars.

In 1982, At the annual Grammy Awards, frmer Monkee Michael Nesmith was honored as the first recipient of the New Video of the Year award for his “Elephant Parts” performance

In 1982, At the annual Grammy Awards, John Lennon and Yoko Onoʹs “Double Fantasy” LP won Album of the Year.

In 1982, Kim Carnes, a former member of the New Christy Minstrels, wins a Grammy for “Bette Davis Eyes,” Record of the Year. It was also one of the most parodied-singles in history with songs like “Marty Feldman Eyes” and “Jimmy Duranteʹs Nose” and even “Colonel Sanderʹs Thighs” getting airplay on the “Doctor Demento Show” during 1981. Boy, weʹd sure love to see those Dolly Partonʹs…

In 1983, “Michael Bolton” album by Michael Bolton was released, but fortunately at the time, nobody noticed and nobody cared.

In 1983, “Shabooh Shoobah” album by INXS was released

In 1984, On Days of our Lives, Eugene Bradford (John de Lancie) was convinced he was losing his mind when he saw Roman Brady's (Wayne Northrop) "ghost" in the cellar.

In 1985, Quarterback Doug Flutie played his first game as a pro on this day. Flutie led the New Jersey Generals against Birmingham, losing 38-28. The former Boston College standout had a shaky start in his USFL debut, but still completed twelve of 18 passes in the fourth quarter of the game.

In 1985, Yul Brynner reprised his role in “The King and I” — setting an all-time box office record for weekly receipts. The show took in $520,920.

In 1986, On Santa Barbara, Eden Capwell (Marcy Walker) and Mark McCormick (Jon Lindstrom) were injured after the cabin explosion.

In 1986, “Master Of Puppets” album by Metallica was released

In 1986, “Shirley Murdock!” album by Shirley Murdock was released

In 1986, “You Again?” began airing on NBC

In 1987, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers got his first three-point shot this night. The leading scorer in NBA history had reached 36,000 points as of this date. But, up to this point, Kareem had never scored more than two at a time.

In 1988, Campaigning as a member of the “Wild Party,” Alice Cooper announces he is going to run for Governor of Arizona.

In 1988, In a ruling that expanded legal protections for parody and satire, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $150,000 award that the Reverend Jerry Falwell had won against Hustler magazine and its publisher, Larry Flynt.

In 1989, Margaret Ray is found on the grounds of David Lettermanʹs home and claims to be “Daveʹs wife.” It becomes an almost annual event, like Jay Leno hiring another batch of new, unfunny writers. Margaret committed suicide in 1998.

In 1989, “Parents Just Donʹt Understand” single by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1989, “Weird Al” Yankovic records the title song “UHF” and “Let Me Be Your Hog” for his UHF Soundtrack And Other Stuff LP.

In 1985, "Evergreen" was released by NBC / Edgar J. Scherick Associates; Fielder Cook (director); Jerome Kass (screenplay); Lesley Ann Warren, Armand Assante, Ian McShane, Betty Buckley, Brian Dennehy, Robert Vaughn, Katherine Borowitz, Joan Allen, Boyd Gaines, Barbara Montgomery, Jan Tříska, Jackie Burroughs, Patricia Barry, Kate Burton, Ron Rifkin, Clare Coulter, Joan Orenstein, Mark Keyloun, Alfie Scopp, Fyvush Finkel, George R. Robertson, Angus MacInnes, Gary Reineke, Gordon Clapp, Uri Gavriel, Howard Ryshpan; Drama, Family, Romance; Live Action

In 1989, "American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt" was released by Cannon Films; Cedric Sundstrom (director); Gary Conway (screenplay); David Bradley, Steve James, Michele Chan, Calvin Jung, Marjoe Gortner; Action; Live Action

In 1989, "Bert Rigby, You're a Fool" was released by Warner Bros. Pictures / Lorimar Film Entertainment; Carl Reiner (director/screenplay); Robert Lindsay, Robbie Coltrane, Jackie Gayle, Bruno Kirby, Corbin Bernsen, Anne Bancroft, Cathryn Bradshaw, Carmen du Sautoy, Liz Smith, Mike Grady; Musical; Live Action

In 1989, "Powwow Highway" was released by Warner Bros. Pictures / Handmade Films; Jonathan Wacks (director); David Seals, Janet Heaney, Jean Stawarz (screenplay); A Martinez, Gary Farmer, Joannelle Nadine Romero, Amanda Wyss, Roscoe Born, John Trudell, Wes Studi, Tony Frank, Rodney Grant, Graham Greene, Floyd Westerman, Sam Vlahos, Wayne Waterman, Margot Kane, Geoff Rivas, Chrissie McDonald, Sky Seals, Maria Antoinette Rogers, Dalin Gomez, Mike Means, Ariane Rowland, Chris Rowland, Keith Shoulder Blade, Titus Shoulder Blade, Adam Taylor, Del Zamora; Comedy, Drama; Live Action

In 1989, "The Toxic Avenger Part II" was released by Troma Entertainment; Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz (directors); Gay Partington Terry (screenplay); Ron Fazio, Phoebe Legere, John Altamura, Rick Collins, Rikiya Yasuoka, Tsutomu Sekine, Mayako Katsuragi; Comedy, Horror; Live Action

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