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The 80's Datebook for October 9

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In 1980, John Lennon celebrates his 40th birthday by releasing “Starting Over,” his first record in five years. His wife, Yoko Ono commissions a sky writer to etch him a “Happy Birthday” message over New York Cityʹs skyline.

In 1980, “Private Benjamin” movie opens with Goldie Hawn.

In 1981, CBS aired the fifth season premiere of Dallas. The identity of the dead brunette Cliff found floating in the swimming pool at Southfork was revealed to be Kristin Shepard.

In 1981, “The McLaughlin Group”, TV Public Affairs, starring John “WRONG!” McLaughlin, oct 9?

In 1982, “Mickey” by Toni Basil entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1985, Melissa Brennan (now Melissa Reeves) debuted as Jennifer Horton in Days of our Lives.

In 1985, On the Dynasty episode titled "The Californians," the extended Colby family debuted with the introduction of Jason (Charlton Heston) and Constance (Barbara Stanwyck).

In 1986, Fox, whose success prompted Paramount and Warner Bros. to launch their own TV networks nine years later, debut as a broadcast network by stripping “The Late Show” starring Joan Rivers in late night. Without which, Mr. Burns wouldnʹt been shot, no Shannen Doherty dirt in the tabloids, Buck the dog would still be unemployed, over 200 criminals would not have been caught, and mostly, Melrose Place would still be just an ordinary place. Think about it. Her show was on opposite former boss, Johnny Carson on NBC. Reportedly, Rupert Murdoch paid up to $25,000 a week for Joanʹs lovely gowns. Carson quipped, “The show proves that all that glitters is not watched.”

In 1986, On One Life to Live: Clint learned that Cord was his son, not the late Al Robertʹs. Asa had known this for some time, because on his deathbed, Al had written a note to Cord explaining his parentage, but Asa swiped it!

In 1987, “Max Headroom”, TV Talk Show, starring Matt Frewer as M-M-Ma…M-M-M-M-Max Headroom!; last aired on Cinemax.

In 1988, While the writersʹ strike continues, ABC opts for reality programming with a revival of “Thatʹs Incredible” under the new name “Incredible Sunday.” John Davidson is back new cohost Christina Ferarre. The two not only update stories from the showʹs original run, but also uncover new oddities. First up: a South African surrogate mother who gave birth to her own grandchildren. It was incredibly low rated opposite “60 Minutes”.

In 1988, “My Secret Identity”, TV Comedy; debut in syndication.

In 1988, “The Magical World of Disney”, TV Anthology, moved to NBC.

In 1989, The official Soviet news agency Tass reported that an unidentified flying object, complete with a trio of tall aliens, had visited a park in the city of Voronezh.

In 1981, "Full Moon High" was released by Filmways Pictures / Larco Productions; Larry Cohen (director/screenplay); Adam Arkin, Ed McMahon, Roz Kelly, Joanne Nail, Bill Kirchenbauer, Kenneth Mars, Elizabeth Hartman, Alan Arkin, Louis Nye, Demond Wilson, Cheryl Lockett Alexander, Jim J. Bullock, Tom Aldredge, Tom Clancy, Laurene Landon, John Blyth Barrymore, Bob Saget, Pat Morita, Julius Harris, Armando G. Fernandez; Comedy, Horror; Live Action

In 1981, "Tattoo" was released by 20th Century Fox; Bob Brooks (director); Joyce Buñuel (screenplay); Bruce Dern, Maud Adams, Leonard Frey, John Getz, Cynthia Nixon, Patricia Roe, John Snyder, Rikke Borge, Peter Iacangelo, Alan Leach, Trish Doolan, Anthony Mannino, Lex Monson, Jane Hoffman, Robert Burr; Erotic Thriller; Live Action

In 1981, "The Watcher in the Woods" was released by Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution; John Hough (director); Brian Clemens, Harry Spalding, Rosemary Anne Sisson (screenplay); Bette Davis, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Ian Bannen, Richard Pasco, Frances Cuka, Benedict Taylor, Eleanor Summerfield, Georgina Hale, Katharine Levy; Horror; Live Action

In 1983, "Tiger Town" was released by Walt Disney Television / Buena Vista Television; Alan Shapiro (director/screenplay); Roy Scheider, Justin Henry, Ron McLarty, Sparky Anderson; Sports, Drama; Live action

In 1987, "Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" was released by Universal Pictures; Taylor Hackford (director); Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Johnnie Johnson, Roy Orbison, Joey Spampinato, Chuck Leavell, Bobby Keys, Steve Jordan, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Julian Lennon, Joe Walsh, Ingrid Berry, Bo Diddley, Ahmet Ertegun, The Everly Brothers, John Lennon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Robbie Robertson, Bruce Springsteen; Documentary; Live Action

In 1987, "The Princess Bride" was released by 20th Century Fox / Act III Communications; Rob Reiner (director); William Goldman (screenplay); Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Falk, Fred Savage; Romance, Comedy; Live Action

In 1987, "Someone to Watch Over Me" was released by Columbia Pictures; Ridley Scott (director); Howard Franklin (screenplay); Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers, Lorraine Bracco, Jerry Orbach, John Rubinstein, Andreas Katsulas, Jim Moriarty, Mark Moses, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Harley Cross, Tony Di Benedetto; Romance, Crime, Thriller; Live Action

In 1987, "Surrender" was released by Warner Bros. Pictures / Cannon Films; Jerry Belson (director/screenplay); Sally Field, Michael Caine, Steve Guttenberg, Peter Boyle, Jackie Cooper, Julie Kavner, Louise Lasser, Iman; Comedy; Live Action

In 1987, "Three O'Clock High" was released by Universal Pictures; Phil Joanou (director); Richard Christian Matheson, Thomas Szollosi (screenplay); Casey Siemaszko, Anne Ryan, Richard Tyson, Jeffrey Tambor, Philip Baker Hall, John P. Ryan, Stacey Glick, Mitch Pileggi, Theron Read, Liza Morrow, Caitlin O'Heaney, Alice Nunn, Paul Feig, Yeardley Smith, Jonathan Wise, Guy Massey, Mike Jolly, Charles Macaulay; Comedy; Live Action

U.S. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Jump To It” by Aretha Franklin peaked at number 24 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “What's Forever For” by Michael Martin Murphey peaked at number 19 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Boys Of Autumn” by David Roberts peaked at number 30 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Hey Operator” by Coney Hatch peaked at number 19 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1982, “New World Man” by Rush peaked at number 1 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa And The Soul Sonic Force peaked at number 45 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1982, “When The Tigers Broke Free” by Pink Floyd peaked at number 43 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1982, “You Remind Me” by Sheriff peaked at number 28 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Athena” by The Who peaked at number 40 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Burning Down One Side” by Robert Plant peaked at number 73 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Chances” by Hot Chocolate peaked at number 32 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Even The Nights Are Better” by Air Supply peaked at number 44 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Glittering Prize” by Simple Minds peaked at number 16 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Hard To Say I'm Sorry” by Chicago peaked at number 4 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)” by Kevin Rowland And Dexy's Midnight Runners peaked at number 5 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Just What I Always Wanted” by Mari Wilson peaked at number 8 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Ribbon In The Sky” by Stevie Wonder peaked at number 45 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Take A Chance With Me” by Roxy Music peaked at number 26 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Time Is On My Side” by The Rolling Stones peaked at number 62 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Total Erasure” by Philip Jap peaked at number 41 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Weave Your Spell” by Level 42 peaked at number 43 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Zoom” by Fat Larry's Band peaked at number 2 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Are You Lonesome Tonight? / Datin'” by Elvis Presley peaked at number 41 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Better Keep Your Hands Off My (Potential New Girlfriend) / Lady Luck” by Doug Parkinson peaked at number 97 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Daughters of The Northern Coast / King Sap” by Australian Crawl peaked at number 76 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Great Southern Land / Uniform” by Icehouse peaked at number 5 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Hold On / Oxun (Oshun)” by Santana peaked at number 64 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “If You Want My Love / Four Letter Word” by Cheap Trick peaked at number 2 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Imagine / Tender Falls The Rain” by Randy Crawford peaked at number 36 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Love Will Turn You Around / I Want a Son” by Kenny Rogers peaked at number 96 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Real Men / Chinatown” by Joe Jackson peaked at number 6 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Rio / The Chauffeur” by Duran Duran peaked at number 60 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “The Look Of Love / The Look Of Love (Part 2)” by ABC peaked at number 7 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1982, “The Only Way Out / Under The Influence” by Cliff Richard peaked at number 14 on the Australian pop singles chart.

New Zealand 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Great Southern Land” by Icehouse peaked at number 10 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Hard To Say I'm Sorry” by Chicago peaked at number 13 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Memory” by Barbra Streisand peaked at number 4 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Private Investigations” by Dire Straits peaked at number 16 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Promised You A Miracle” by Simple Minds peaked at number 9 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Telegram Sam” by T. Rex peaked at number 35 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “Adios amor” by Corry peaked at number 3 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Come And Get Your Love” by Boys Town Gang peaked at number 37 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Do Ya Wanna Funk” by Patrick Cowley Featuring Sylvester peaked at number 17 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Don't Go” by Yazoo peaked at number 6 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Never Again” by Tomas Ledin And Agnetha Fältskog peaked at number 19 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Ruby Lee” by Joe Cocker peaked at number 31 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Shake Hands” by Highway peaked at number 46 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Norway 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “It Ain't Easy Coming Down” by Charlene peaked at number 8 on the Norway pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Maschine brennt” by Falco peaked at number 4 on the Norway pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1982, “It Started With A Kiss” by Hot Chocolate peaked at number 6 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Papillon” by Nicole peaked at number 10 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1982, “Simple Things” by Sue Schell peaked at number 5 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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