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The 80's Datebook for April 1

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In 1980, On Guiding Light, Roger Thorpe (Michael Zaslow) fell to his presumed death in Santo Domingo, slipping from the hands of his mortal enemy, Dr. Ed Bauer (Mart Hulswit). Guiding Light shot the scenes on location in Santo Domingo along with P&G sister soap, As the World Turns, which taped newly created flashbacks of Barbara and James.

In 1980, Wayne Gretzky broke Bobby Orrʹs record with his 103rd assist.

In 1981, Edmonton C Wayne Gretzky has an assist (his 103rd) to break Bobby Orrʹs 10-year mark for most assists in a single NHL season.

In 1981, John Lennonʹs first posthumous single, “Woman,” from the “Double Fantasy” album, was certified gold by the RIAA. The 45 is the third Top Ten hit from the LP.

In 1982, The United States formally transferred control of the Panama Canal Zone to the government of Panama. We didnʹt turn over the keys to the place, though, until 1999.

In 1982, “Aldo Nova” album by Aldo Nova was released

In 1983, Hit Man (TV Game Show) aired for the last time.

In 1983, Just Men! (TV Game Show) aired for the last time.

In 1983, “Flashdance” album (soundtrack) was released

In 1983, “October” album by U2 was released

In 1983, “The Ewoks Join The Fight” single by Various was released

In 1984, “AL-TV” starring Weird Al Yankovic aired as a special on MTV.

In 1984, “Monitor”, TV Magazine, aka First Camera, last aired on NBC. It was yet another failed attempt for the network to launch a newsmagazine.

In 1985, David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen to pursue solo career. They have since reunited.

In 1985, George Plimpton played an April Foolʹs joke on readers of “Sports Illustrated” this day. Plimpton introduced the entire nation to Sidd Finch, a 28-year-old aspiring monk, who could throw a 168 MPH fastball! Whoa! Finch was said to be a free-agent pitcher in the New York Metsʹ spring training camp; that he had “learned the art of the pitch” while playing the French horn in his spare time. Hmmm. Plimpton later admitted that Finch was the figment of a most active imagination. No such person existed. Still doesnʹt.

In 1985, On One Life to Live, Michael Zaslow as David Renaldi was shot by Aida York and kidnapped by his ord communist pals.

In 1985, On Santa Barbara, while investigating the murder of Channing Capwell Jr., Detective Cruz Castillo (A Martinez) discovered that Channing's secret lover "Lindsay Smith," had actually been a man and not a woman, as presumed. And after Lindsay (Joel Bailey) explained his past affair with Channing, Cruz correctly surmised that there was far more to the story than the man was admitting.

In 1985, “Beverly Hills Cop” album (soundtrack) was certified Platinum by the RIAA

In 1988, (also April 4) Cruz Castillo (A Martinez) wed Eden Capwell (Marcy Walker) on the soap Santa Barbara.

In 1988, Doctor Demento first counted down his Demented Top 20 Videos Of All Time on MTVʹs video countdown show.

In 1988, The soap “General Hospital” celebrated a quarter of a century on the air. One notable novelty song Doctor Demento played during the Luke and Laura popularity was The Afternoon Delightsʹ “General Hospi-Tale”. Dementia rules the soaps, obviously.

In 1989, R.C., “Eternal Flame” by Bangles peaked at number one on the pop singles chart.

In 1989, R.C., “Girl You Know Itʹs True” by Milli Vanilli peaked at number two on the pop singles chart. No, they didnʹt sing a note on that one either.

In 1989, R.C., “Good Life” by Inner City peaked at #73 on the pop singles chart.

In 1989, R.C., “Walk The Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was) peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.

In 1980, "The Baltimore Bullet" was released by AVCO Embassy Pictures; Robert Ellis Miller (director); John Brascia, Robert Vincent O'Neil (screenplay); James Coburn, Omar Sharif, Bruce Boxleitner, Ronee Blakley, Jack O'Halloran, Calvin Lockhart, Michael Lerner, Rockne Tarkington, Paul Barselou; Comedy; Live action

In 1983, "Heart Like a Wheel" was released by 20th Century Fox; Jonathan Kaplan (director); Ken Friedman, David E. Peckinpah (screenplay); Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Leo Rossi, Hoyt Axton, Bill McKinney, Anthony Edwards, Tiffany Brisette, Leonard Termo; Biography; Live Action

In 1983, "Screwballs" was released by New World Pictures; Rafal Zielinski (director); Linda Shayne, Jim Wynorski (screenplay); Peter Keleghan, Lynda Speciale, Linda Shayne, Kent Deuters; Teen, Comedy; Live Action

In 1988, "Bright Lights, Big City" was released by United Artists; James Bridges (director); Jay McInerney (screenplay); Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Dianne Wiest, Swoosie Kurtz, Frances Sternhagen, Tracy Pollan, John Houseman, Charlie Schlatter, David Warrilow, Alec Mapa, William Hickey, Gina Belafonte, Sam Robards, Jessica Lundy, Annabelle Gurwitch, Maria Pitillo, David Hyde Pierce, Peg Murray, Jason Robards; Drama; Live Action

In 1988, "The Seventh Sign" was released by TriStar Pictures; Carl Schultz (director); Clifford Green, Ellen Green (screenplay); Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Peter Friedman, Jürgen Prochnow, Manny Jacobs, John Taylor; Drama, Horror; Live Action

U.S. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, ✪ “Walk The Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was) peaked at number 7 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles peaked at number 1 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Girl You Know It's True” by Milli Vanilli peaked at number 2 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Good Life” by Inner City peaked at number 73 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “I Can't Face The Fact” by Gina Go-Go peaked at number 78 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Just Because” by Anita Baker peaked at number 14 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “More Than You Know” by Martika peaked at number 18 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “My Heart Can't Tell You No” by Rod Stewart peaked at number 4 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Radio Romance” by Tiffany peaked at number 35 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Run To Paradise” by Choirboys peaked at number 80 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Good Times” by Tom Cochrane And Red Rider peaked at number 3 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Paradise City” by Guns N' Roses peaked at number 26 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Tango” by Dalbello peaked at number 19 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “You Got It” by Roy Orbison peaked at number 2 on the Canada pop singles chart.

Alt-Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Feels So Good” by Van Halen peaked at number 86 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Happy Ever After” by Julia Fordham peaked at number 92 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “I Beg Your Pardon (Rose Garden)” by Kon Kan peaked at number 19 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “If A Tree Falls” by Bruce Cockburn peaked at number 8 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)” by Enya peaked at number 4 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Tango” by Dalbello peaked at number 28 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Tender Hands” by Chris de Burgh peaked at number 59 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Want To Mean Something” by Jesse Winchester peaked at number 81 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “We've Saved The Best For Last” by Smokey Robinson With Kenny G peaked at number 51 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids On The Block peaked at number 36 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, ✪ “Paranoimia '89” by The Art Of Noise peaked at number 88 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Crackers International” by Erasure peaked at number 91 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Dancerama” by Sigue Sigue Sputnik peaked at number 50 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Family Man” by Roachford peaked at number 25 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Feels So Good” by Van Halen peaked at number 63 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Got To Get You Back” by Kym Mazelle peaked at number 29 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Hard To Handle” by Toots peaked at number 92 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Hollow Heart (Birdland Ep)” by Birdland peaked at number 70 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “I'd Rather Jack” by The Reynolds Girls peaked at number 8 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “International Rescue” by We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It peaked at number 11 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Jane” by Perfect Day peaked at number 68 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Jocelyn Square” by Love And Money peaked at number 51 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Let's Go Round There” by Darling Buds peaked at number 49 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Lucky Charm” by The Boys [U.S. R And B] peaked at number 94 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Monkey Gone To Heaven” by Pixies peaked at number 60 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Nuclear Rocket” by Wrathchild peaked at number 95 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Paradise City” by Guns N' Roses peaked at number 6 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Sleep Talk” by Alyson Williams peaked at number 17 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “The Rattler” by Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie peaked at number 37 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Twins” by Philip Bailey And Little Richard peaked at number 82 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “You Could Be Forgiven” by Horse peaked at number 76 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Your Love” by Hipsway peaked at number 66 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry peaked at number 21 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Love Train” by Holly Johnson peaked at number 35 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1989, “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals peaked at number 1 on the Australian pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Blow The House Down” by Living In A Box peaked at number 10 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Celebrate The World” by Womack And Womack peaked at number 24 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “De wereld” by Frank Boeijen Groep peaked at number 41 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” by The Blues Brothers peaked at number 6 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Get On The Dance Floor” by Rob Base And D.J. E-Z Rock peaked at number 21 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac peaked at number 25 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Ik vuul mien zo zo” by Normaal peaked at number 18 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “The Shape I'm In / Het heeft geen zin” by John Spencer peaked at number 29 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Why Not Me” by The Judds peaked at number 11 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Austria 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Big Fun” by Inner City Featuring Kevin Saunderson peaked at number 15 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Crackers International” by Erasure peaked at number 16 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Room With A View” by Tony Carey peaked at number 17 on the Austria pop singles chart.

France 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Riding On A Train” by The Pasadenas peaked at number 40 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Stand Up For Your Love Rights” by Yazz peaked at number 19 on the France pop singles chart.

Norway 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Help!” by Bananarama And Lananeeneenoonoo peaked at number 6 on the Norway pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Ballad Of The Streets” by Simple Minds peaked at number 3 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Esatto!” by Francesco Salvi peaked at number 24 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Leave Me Alone” by Michael Jackson peaked at number 10 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Like A Prayer” by Madonna peaked at number 1 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1989, “The Lover In Me” by Sheena Easton peaked at number 25 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Tonight (Live)” by David Bowie Featuring Tina Turner peaked at number 17 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1989, “You Got It” by Roy Orbison peaked at number 9 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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