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In 1980, Gordie Howe at age 51 became the first NHL player to score 800 career goals playing for Hartford after many years with the Detroit Wings. Howe helped the Hartford Whalers beat Saint Louis 3-0 in the Bluesʹ 1000th regular season game.

In 1980, The glasses Buddy Holly was wearing when he was killed in a 1959 plane crash were discovered in an evidence drawer of the Mason City, Iowa, police department. Also found in the drawer — J.P. “The Big Bopper'” Richardsonʹs watch. Heʹd also died in the crash, along with Richie Valens, on what Don McLean later called “the day the music died.”

In 1984, “Weird Al” Yankovic leaped to give a live performance at Gabeʹs Oasis in Iowa City, Iowa.

In 1987, this date did not exist in the Gregorian Calendar so Valerie Bertinelli couldn't use it to plug her miniseries "I'll Take Manhattan" that would be airing March 1.

In 1988, NBC takes a “leap” of faith with “Day by Day,” a companion piece to “Family Ties.” This situation comedy was one of the “yuppie sitcoms” that were all over the TV dial in the late '80s. This particular one was about a suburban overachieving couple in Saint Louis who dropped out and opened up a day-care center in their home to spend more quality time with their children. The quality time lasted just under five months. Though the series starred Douglas Sheehan (General Hospital fame) and Linda Kelsey, it is perhaps more well known for its supporting characters than its leads: Julia-Louis Dreyfus is the best friend, Courtney Thorne-Smith as an employee, Christopher Barnes as the loving son and “American Beautyʹs” Thora Birch as one of the day-care kids. Barnes later parlayed his characterʹs dream of being a member of “The Brady Bunch” into a role as Greg Brady in both “Brady Bunch” movies.

In 1980, "Good Riddance" was released by Pan-Canadian Film Distributors; Francis Mankiewicz (director); Réjean Ducharme (screenplay); Charlotte Laurier, Marie Tifo, Germain Houde, Louise Marleau, Roger Lebel, Gilbert Sicotte, Serge Thériault, Jean Pierre Bergeron, Leo Ilial; Drama; Live action

In 1980, "Don't Answer the Phone" was released by Crown International Pictures; Robert Hammer (director/screenplay); Michael D. Castle (screenplay); James Westmoreland, Denise Galik, Nicholas Worth, Ben Frank, Flo Garrish, Stan Haze, Gary Allen, Michael D. Castle, Pamela Jean Bryant; Horror; Live action

In 1980, "Foxes" was released by United Artists / PolyGram Pictures / Casablanca Records & Filmworks; Adrian Lyne (director); Gerald Ayres (screenplay); Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman, Randy Quaid, Cherie Currie, Lois Smith, Laura Dern, Robert Romanus, Adam Faith, Marilyn Kagan, Kandice Stroh; Coming-of-Age, Drama; Live action

In 1980, "The Ninth Configuration" was released by Warner Bros. / United Film Distribution; William Peter Blatty (director/screenplay); Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George DiCenzo, Moses Gunn, Robert Loggia, Joe Spinell, Alejandro Rey, Tom Atkins, Steve Sandor, Richard Lynch, William Peter Blatty; Drama; Live action

In 1980, "S*H*E" was released by Nb Productions; Robert Michael Lewis (director); Richard Maibaum (screenplay); Cornelia Sharpe, Omar Sharif, Robert Lansing, Anita Ekberg, Fabio Testi, William Traylor, Isabella Rye, Tom Christopher, Mario Colli, Claudio Ruffini, Geoffrey Copleston, Fortunato Arena, Gino Marturano, Emilio Messina, Rory Maclean, Fritz Hammer; Spy; Live action

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