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In 1980, On General Hospital, Rose (Loanne Bishop) and Joe (Doug Sheehan) stood by Paddy Kelly's (Frank Parker) hospital bedside after he was stabbed by Frank Smith's (George Gaynes) men.

In 1981, After five months of standing room only shows at The Roxy Theatre, the rest of the nation gets to see “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” courtesy of HBO.

In 1981, On One Life to Live: Dorian confessed to Herb that her daughter Cassie had been born on this day in 1966

In 1982, Debra Sue Maffett of California was crowned Miss America at the Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In 1982, Jerry Reed hits the mother lode on Billboardʹs country chart, going to number one with “She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)”

In 1982, John Cougar Mellencampʹs “American Fool” topped Billboardʹs Top 200 albums chart, where it would remain for nine weeks.

In 1982, R.C., “Hard To Say Iʹm Sorry” by Chicago peaked at number one on the pop singles chart.

In 1982, R.C., “Hot In The City” by Billy Idol peaked at #23 on the pop singles chart.

In 1982, R.C., “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa peaked at #48 on the pop singles chart.

In 1982, R.C., “Themes From E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)” by Walter Murphy peaked at #47 on the pop singles chart.

In 1982, R.C., “Valley Girl” by Frank Zappa featuring Moon Unit Zappa peaked at #32 on the pop singles chart. To this day, Moon still hates to sing that song. It was the biggest charting single for Frank in the U.S., but in Scandanavia in the 1960s, his spicy “Bobby Brown” topped the charts. Needless to say, this song hit number one in Los Angeles where most of the Vals live.

In 1982, “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends”, TV Cartoon Adventure, last aired on NBC.

In 1982, “The Daffy Duck Show”, TV Cartoon Show; last aired on NBC.

In 1982, “The Flintstones Comedy Show”, TV Cartoon Show, last aired on NBC.

In 1982, “The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour”, TV Cartoon Show, last aired on CBS.

In 1983, Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris runs for 118 yards in Steelers 25-21 win at Green Bay to become the only the third player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 yards.

In 1983, “Love Is A Battlefield” single by Pat Benatar was released

In 1983, “Powers Of Matthew Star”, TV Scifi Adventure; last aired on NBC. It was powerless against the low ratings it got.

In 1984, ABC Video Enterprises sold 20% interest of ESPN to Nabisco Brands.

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen broke the attendance record at the Spectrum in Philadelphia this day. The Boss entertained 16,800 fans for the first of six sold-out shows. Springsteen broke his own record; one he set during a visit to Philly in 1981.

In 1984, Knight Rider (and former The Young and the Restless) star David Hasselhoff guest-starred on Santa Barbara. In the episode, Jade Perkins (Melissa Reeves, then Melissa Brennan) and Danny Andrade (Rupert Ravens) ran into Hasselhoff as he waited to use a phone boot Jade was in. Note: The clip below has been dubbed.

In 1984, On General Hospital, Frisco Jones (Jack Wagner) wanted honesty from Felicia Cummings (Kristina Wagner, then Malandro). Felicia tried to run away but broke her leg.

In 1985, A U.S. satellite glided through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet in the first-ever on-the-spot sampling of a comet.

In 1985, “Voices Carry” album by Til Tuesday was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1986, Graham (Suggs) McPherson announced the breakup of the British pop group “Madness” during an interview on BBC Radio. The bandʹs biggest hit was “Our House,” which went top-10 in 1983. They reunited in 1992.

In 1986, On Another World, men hired by Reginald Love (John Considine) started a fire at Cory Publishing to keep Mac Cory (Douglass Watson) from publishing a story in Brava exposing Reginald.

In 1986, “Our House”, TV General Drama, debut on NBC. It had nothing to do with the title of the “Madness” song.

In 1987, CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, angry over a news delay due to a tennis match overrun, walked off the set, leaving six minutes of dead air following the one minute tennis overrun. The ratings were so good that CBS ordered a 13-week committment to the blank screen as a series.

In 1987, Geffen releases Elton Johnʹs “Greatest Hits Volume 3.”

In 1987, Peter Gabrielʹs “Sledgehammer” video won MTVʹs Best Video Award.

In 1987, Reggae star Peter Tosh was shot to death in his home in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 43. Police say Tosh was shot in the head after he refused a demand for money from three robbers. A guest at Toshʹs home also was killed and five others were wounded. One of the wounded, a Kingston disc jockey, died later in hospital. A cab driver was later sentenced to hang for the murders. In the 1960s, Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Livingstone formed “The Wailers,” which became one of the first reggae bands to gain worldwide recognition. The group disbanded in the 1970s and Tosh launched a solo career. He gained notoriety for such songs as “Legalize It,” which promoted the use of marijuana.

In 1987, The film, “Outrageous Fortune” is released in theaters in the United Kingdom.

In 1987, The movie thriller “Fatal Attraction,” starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, premiered.

In 1987, “We Got it Made” returned to be airing new episodes in syndication.

In 1987, “Webster”, TV Comedy; last aired on ABC, syndicated 1987-88.

In 1988, “The Disney Sunday Movie”, TV Anthology, last aired on ABC, moved to NBC.

In 1989, On As the World Turns, the investigation into the murder of James Stenbeck continued.

In 1989, “Indigo Girls” album by Indigo Girls was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1989, “Kate and Allie”, TV Comedy; last aired on CBS.

In 1989, “The Joan Rivers Show” TV talk show began airing in syndication

In 1982, "Starstruck" was released by Australian Film Commission / Palm Beach Pictures; Gillian Armstrong (director); Stephen MacLean (screenplay); Jo Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee, Max Cullen, Pat Evison, John O'May, Dennis Miller, Norm Erskine, Melissa Jaffer, Ned Lander, Mark Little; Comedy, Drama, Musical; Live Action

In 1987, "The Curse" was released by Trans World Entertainment; David Keith (director); David Chaskin (screenplay); Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, Malcolm Danare, Cooper Huckabee, John Schneider, Amy Wheaton, Steve Carlisle, Kathleen Jordon Gregory, Hope North, Steve Davis; Horror; Live Action

U.S. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, ✪ “Valley Girl” by Frank Zappa With Moon Unit Zappa peaked at number 32 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Hard To Say I'm Sorry” by Chicago peaked at number 1 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “He Got You” by Ronnie Milsap peaked at number 59 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Hot In The City” by Billy Idol peaked at number 23 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa And The Soul Sonic Force peaked at number 48 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Themes From 'E.T. (The Extra Terrestrial)'” by Walter Murphy peaked at number 47 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Hard To Say I'm Sorry” by Chicago peaked at number 1 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Hot In The City” by Billy Idol peaked at number 34 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Take It Away” by Paul McCartney peaked at number 17 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Your Imagination” by Daryl Hall And John Oates peaked at number 38 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, ✪ “Who Put The Bomp (In The Bompa-A-Bomp-A-Bomp)” by Showaddywaddy peaked at number 37 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, ✪ “Wot!” by Captain Sensible peaked at number 26 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White” by Modern Romance Featuring John Du Prez peaked at number 15 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Give Me Your Heart Tonight” by Shakin' Stevens peaked at number 11 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “In The Heat Of The Night” by Diamond Head peaked at number 67 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Keeps Me Wondering Why” by Steve Miller Band peaked at number 52 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Living For The City” by Gillan peaked at number 50 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Out Here On My Own” by Irene Cara peaked at number 58 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa And The Soul Sonic Force peaked at number 53 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Save A Prayer” by Duran Duran peaked at number 2 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Spread A Little Happiness” by Sting peaked at number 16 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “The Boom Boom Room” by Natasha peaked at number 44 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Today” by Talk Talk peaked at number 14 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Under The Boardwalk” by Tom Tom Club peaked at number 22 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Windpower” by Thomas Dolby peaked at number 31 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Abracadabra / Never Say No” by Steve Miller Band peaked at number 1 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It / The Funrama Theme” by Fun Boy Three With Bananarama peaked at number 55 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Run To The Hills / Total Eclipse” by Iron Maiden peaked at number 27 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Torch / Insecure Me” by Soft Cell peaked at number 68 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “When The War Is Over / Wild Colonial Boy” by Cold Chisel peaked at number 25 on the Australian pop singles chart.

New Zealand 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band peaked at number 8 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Avalon” by Roxy Music peaked at number 37 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Goody Two Shoes” by Adam Ant peaked at number 29 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Radio” by The Members peaked at number 23 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Super Freak” by Rick James peaked at number 4 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Behind A Painted Smile” by Mathilde Santing peaked at number 37 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Bloedend hart” by De Dijk peaked at number 43 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Give Me Your Heart Tonight” by Shakin' Stevens peaked at number 14 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Hold On” by Santana peaked at number 22 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “I Like The Way” by Fruitcake peaked at number 30 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Ik wil je” by Rob de Nijs peaked at number 31 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Machinery” by Sheena Easton peaked at number 48 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “One Draw” by Rita Marley peaked at number 5 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Red Skies” by The Fixx peaked at number 44 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Rock Your Baby” by Julius Green peaked at number 6 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Rosalyn” by Vitesse peaked at number 16 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Why” by Carly Simon peaked at number 35 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Norway 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Give Me Your Heart Tonight” by Shakin' Stevens peaked at number 8 on the Norway pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Voyeur” by Kim Carnes peaked at number 5 on the Norway pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor peaked at number 6 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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