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In 1980, Dale Earnhardt wins his first NASCAR Winston Cup championship. Earnhardt finishes fifth in the Los Angeles Times 500, the final race of the season, to win the title by 19 points over Cale Yarborough.

In 1980, David Bowie opened on Broadway in the title role of “The Elephant Man.”

In 1980, JOHN LENNON RETURNS TO THE PUBLIC EYE Ending a self-imposed five year retirement, JOHN and YOKO release the two album set “DOUBLE FANTASY”, and the first single “(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER”

In 1980, On the cover of TV Guide: “Larry Hagman of Dallas”…Other Articles: Hee Haw, Billy Crystal.

In 1980, Pope John Paul II began five day visit to West Germany and became the first pontiff in 198 years to visit the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation.

In 1980, R.C., “Iʹm Coming Out” by Diana Ross peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.

In 1980, R.C., “Lady” by Kenny Rogers peaked at number one on the pop singles chart and stayed there for six weeks.

In 1980, R.C., “Lovely One” by The Jacksons peaked at #12 on the pop singles chart.

In 1980, R.C., “Never Knew Love Like This Before” by Stephanie Mills peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.

In 1980, R.C., “The Tide Is High” by Blondie peaked at number one on the United Kingdom pop singles chart.

In 1980, R.C., “The Wanderer” by Donna Summer peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.

In 1980, R.C., “Whip It” by Devo peaked at #14 on the pop singles chart.

In 1980, The dreaded Jean Doumanian era of Saturday Night Live begins with season six. Doumanian will produce 12 episodes before the madness ends when the Writerʹs Strike of 1981 would begin.

In 1980, “Fred and Barney Meet The Schmoo”, TV Cartoon Show, last aired on NBC.

In 1981, “This Week With David Brinkley”, TV Public Affairs, debut on ABC. Brinkley retired hosting in 1997.

In 1982, On One Life to Live, Viki and Clint got married for the first time

In 1982, “Oliviaʹs Greatest Hits Volume II” album by Olivia Newton-John was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1982, “Singles 45's And Under” album by Squeeze was released

In 1983, On All My Children, Marian Colby (Jennifer Bassey) told the blackmailing Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) he would not get another dime from her.

In 1984, On Knots Landing, Greg Sumner (William Devane) won the election to become Senator. After giving an acceptance speech, Greg told his wife, Jane (Millie Perkins), he wanted a divorce.

In 1984, “Emergency” album by Kool and The Gang was released

In 1985, On Days of our Lives, Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) Brady found the treasure but were greeted by the gun-toting Savannah Wilder (Shannon Tweed) and Patch Johnson (Stephen Nichols).

In 1986, After five guest appearances performing his standup comedy on “Saturday Night Live,” Sam Kinison finally hosts the (expletive) show. It was the second time Saturday Night Live used a time delay loop when the raunchy Kinison hosted.

In 1986, For the first time in the British charts, the top five slots were held by female vocalists. In ascending order were Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister (Breakout), Mel and Kim Appleby (Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)), Susannah Hoffs leading the Bangles (Walk Like An Egyptian), Kim Wilde (You Keep Me Hanging On), and Terri Nunn (Take My Breath Away).

In 1986, Frank Zappaʹs album [43] JAZZ FROM HELL was released.

In 1986, On the cover of TV Guide: “cast of Fresno with Gregory Harrison, etc.”. Other Articles: Lily Tomlin, Brian Bloom

In 1986, R.C., “Emotion In Motion” by Ric Ocasek peaked at #15 on the pop singles chart.

In 1986, R.C., “Like Flames” by Berlin peaked at #82 on the pop singles chart.

In 1986, R.C., “Midas Touch” by Midnight Star peaked at #42 on the pop singles chart.

In 1986, R.C., “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

In 1986, R.C., “The Rain” by Oran “Juice” Jones peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.

In 1986, R.C., “True Blue” by Madonna peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Life With Lucy”, TV Comedy; last aired on ABC. It was her last prime-time series.

In 1987, “Twisted Christmas” album by Bob Rivers Comedy Corp was released

In 1989, On Santa Barbara, Gina (Robin Mattson) fantasized about Ethan being Brandon's father and her husband. Brandon (Justin Gocke, who passed away in 2014 at age 36) tricked Gina into telling him about his surprise party. Later, as Brandon retrieved the morning paper, Santana showed up at the door and was surprised when he knew who she was. Gina Gallego returned to the role Santana Andrade after two and a half years away.

In 1989, Steel Magnolias the American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross was released. The film featured Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Parton. The film grossed over $95 million inside the US.

In 1989, The hit movie “Batman” was released on video tape.

In 1989, Time Warner launched The Comedy Channel, which later merged with Viacomʹs HA! network to form Comedy Central.

In 1989, “Steel Magnolias” starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, Julia Roberts, and Olympia Dukakis opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1989, “The Little Mermaid,” the Disney animated film, opened in some movie theaters in the U.S.A. in a limited engagement. Will open widely the next week. It cost over $23 million to make. Arielʹs looks were inspired by actress Alyssa Milano.

In 1985, "My Beautiful Laundrette" was released by Mainline Pictures / Orion Pictures / Working Title Films / Channel Four Films; Stephen Frears (director); Hanif Kureishi (screenplay); Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Shirley Anne Field; Comedy, Drama; Live Action

In 1985, "Once Bitten" was released by The Samuel Goldwyn Company; Howard Storm (director); Jonathan Roberts, David Hines, Jeffrey Hause (screenplay); Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, Karen Kopins, Cleavon Little, Richard Schaal, Peggy Pope, Megan Mullally, Joseph Brutsman, Stuart Charno, Carey More, Thomas Ballatore, Skip Lackey, Jeb Stuart Adams, Robin Klein, Glen Mauro, Gary Mauro; Teen, Comedy; Live Action

In 1985, "Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer" was released by Warner Bros.; Kimio Yabuki, Bernard Deyriès (directors); Jean Chalopin, Howard R. Cohen (screenplay); Bettina, Patrick Fraley, Peter Cullen, Robbie Lee, Andre Stojka, David Mendenhall, Les Tremayne, Mona Marshall, Jonathan Harris, Scott Menville, Charlie Adler, Rhonda Aldrich, Marissa Mendenhall, David Workman; Fantasy; Animation

In 1987, "The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones" was released by Worldvision Enterprises / Hanna-Barbera Productions; Don Lusk, Ray Patterson (directors); Don Nelson, Arthur Alsberg (screenplay); George O'Hanlon, Henry Corden, Penny Singleton, Jean Vander Pyl, Don Messick, Mel Blanc, Julie McWhirter, Janet Waldo, Daws Butler, John Stephenson, Jon Bauman, Hamilton Camp, Frank Welker, Brenda Vaccaro, Patric Zimmerman, Howard Morris, Catherine Thompson; Comedy; Animation

U.S. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1980, ✪ “Whip It” by Devo peaked at number 14 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Don't Say No” by Billy Burnette peaked at number 68 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Emotion In Motion” by Ric Ocasek peaked at number 15 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “I Am By Your Side” by Corey Hart peaked at number 18 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “I'm Coming Out” by Diana Ross peaked at number 5 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Lady” by Kenny Rogers peaked at number 1 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Like Flames” by Berlin peaked at number 82 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Love In Siberia” by Laban peaked at number 88 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Lovely One” by The Jacksons peaked at number 12 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Midas Touch” by Midnight Star peaked at number 42 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Never Knew Love Like This Before” by Stephanie Mills peaked at number 6 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Out Here On My Own” by Irene Cara peaked at number 19 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money Featuring Ronnie Spector peaked at number 4 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “The Rain” by Oran "Juice" Jones peaked at number 9 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “The Wanderer” by Donna Summer peaked at number 3 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “True Blue” by Madonna peaked at number 3 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “When The Rain Comes Down” by Andy Taylor peaked at number 73 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1980, “Chinatown Calculation” by Doug And The Slugs peaked at number 75 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Drugs In My Pocket” by The Monks peaked at number 14 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Human” by The Human League peaked at number 1 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Let Me Talk” by Earth, Wind And Fire peaked at number 78 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Midnight Rocks” by Al Stewart peaked at number 77 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Point Of No Return” by Nu Shooz peaked at number 23 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Real Love” by The Doobie Brothers peaked at number 10 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Upside Down” by Diana Ross peaked at number 3 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Xanadu” by Olivia Newton-John And The Electric Light Orchestra peaked at number 8 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1986, ✪ “Batman” by Kartoon Krew peaked at number 93 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, ✪ “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles peaked at number 3 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “A Little Bit More” by Melba Moore peaked at number 96 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Amanda” by Boston peaked at number 84 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “America” by King Kurt peaked at number 73 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Animal Magnetism” by Daryl Pandy peaked at number 87 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Arizona Sky” by China Crisis peaked at number 47 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order peaked at number 56 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Boat To Bolivia” by Martin Stephenson And The Daintees peaked at number 70 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Children Of The Ghetto” by Courtney Pine peaked at number 78 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Control” by Janet Jackson peaked at number 42 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Crazy Love” by Maxi Priest peaked at number 67 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Cry For The Nations” by Michael Schenker Group peaked at number 56 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Dance Your Way Out Of The Door” by Sharon Dee Clarke peaked at number 97 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Don't Give Up” by Peter Gabriel And Kate Bush peaked at number 9 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Elstree” by The Buggles peaked at number 55 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung peaked at number 76 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Experiment IV” by Kate Bush peaked at number 23 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Greetings To The New Brunette” by Billy Bragg peaked at number 58 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Gypsy” by Suzanne Vega peaked at number 77 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Heartbreak Beat” by The Psychedelic Furs peaked at number 82 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “I Want You” by Elvis Costello And The Attractions peaked at number 79 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “I'm Chillin'” by Kurtis Blow peaked at number 64 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Infected” by The The peaked at number 48 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Inherit The Wind” by Wilton Felder peaked at number 39 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Jody” by Jermaine Stewart peaked at number 50 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Midnight Cowboy” by Midnight Cowboy Soundtrack peaked at number 47 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Pretty Little Head” by Paul McCartney peaked at number 85 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Rock The Nations” by Saxon peaked at number 80 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Still Smokin'” by Trouble Funk peaked at number 81 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Sweet Sanity” by Hurrah! peaked at number 83 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “The Night The Wine And The Roses” by Liquid Gold peaked at number 32 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “The Same Old Scene” by Roxy Music peaked at number 12 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “The Tide Is High” by Blondie peaked at number 1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Two People” by Tina Turner peaked at number 43 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “When The Wind Blows” by David Bowie peaked at number 44 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Women In Uniform” by Iron Maiden peaked at number 35 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1986, “You Keep Me Hangin' On” by Kim Wilde peaked at number 2 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1980, “(She Talks) In Stereo / Model” by Gary Myrick peaked at number 56 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Calling” by Rose Tattoo peaked at number 24 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Don't Leave Me This Way” by The Communards peaked at number 2 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1986, “True Blue” by Madonna peaked at number 5 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Two Faces Have I / The Fool” by Ol' 55 peaked at number 15 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1980, “We Can Get Together / Paradise Lost” by Flowers peaked at number 16 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1980, “We Could Stay Together / The Best Of You” by Booker T. Jones And Rita Coolidge peaked at number 60 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Why Don't You Spend The Night / Heartbreak Radio” by Frankie Miller peaked at number 94 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Woman In Love / Run Wild” by Barbra Streisand peaked at number 1 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1986, “You Can Leave Your Hat On” by Joe Cocker peaked at number 23 on the Australian pop singles chart.

New Zealand 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1986, “Alive And Kicking” by Simple Minds peaked at number 5 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Dewdrops And Robins” by Richard Eriwata peaked at number 41 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Don't Push It, Don't Force It” by Leon Haywood peaked at number 10 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Heartbeat” by Don Johnson peaked at number 13 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Let Me Talk” by Earth, Wind And Fire peaked at number 50 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Oh L'Amour” by Erasure peaked at number 25 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Only I Could Die” by Dance Exponents peaked at number 35 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1986, “We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart peaked at number 27 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1986, ✪ “In The Army Now” by Status Quo peaked at number 15 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, ✪ “Rumors” by Timex Social Club peaked at number 3 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” by Cutting Crew peaked at number 16 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Alle vrouwen” by Hans de Booij peaked at number 26 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Always The Sun” by The Stranglers peaked at number 42 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Aquarius” by Gary Fane peaked at number 15 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Army Dreamers” by Kate Bush peaked at number 25 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Don't Get Me Wrong” by The Pretenders peaked at number 25 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Everybody Needs A Little Rain” by Gerard Joling And Randy Crawford peaked at number 44 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Into The Night” by Anita (Heilker) peaked at number 41 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Love Can't Turn Around” by Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk And Jessie Saunders peaked at number 5 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1980, “My Old Piano” by Diana Ross peaked at number 2 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1980, “My Prayer” by Ray, Goodman And Brown peaked at number 14 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1980, “My Turn To Love You” by Eddy Grant peaked at number 18 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Ontmoeting” by Rob de Nijs peaked at number 33 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Rain Or Shine” by Five Star peaked at number 18 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Stereotype” by The Special AKA (The Specials) peaked at number 41 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker peaked at number 47 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Time Ran Out On You” by Leo Sayer peaked at number 42 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “When The Wind Blows” by David Bowie peaked at number 50 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Where Did Your Heart Go?” by Wham! peaked at number 37 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1986, “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi peaked at number 2 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Sweden 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1980, “Don't Stand So Close To Me” by The Police peaked at number 14 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Fame” by Irene Cara peaked at number 3 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Master Blaster (Jammin')” by Stevie Wonder peaked at number 1 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Red Light” by Linda Clifford peaked at number 17 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Sommarnatt” by Snowstorm peaked at number 2 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

Austria 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1986, “Bello e impossibile” by Gianna Nannini peaked at number 7 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Coming Home (Jeanny Part 2, ein Jahr danach)” by Falco peaked at number 4 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Die rote Sonne von Barbados” by Die Flippers peaked at number 27 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Dreamin'” by Cliff Richard peaked at number 3 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Feels Like I'm In Love” by Kelly Marie peaked at number 6 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Gadda-Da-Vida” by Boney M. peaked at number 12 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Magic” by Olivia Newton-John peaked at number 20 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1986, “So Macho!” by Sinitta peaked at number 17 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Thorn In My Side” by Eurythmics peaked at number 14 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Walk This Way” by Run-D.M.C. peaked at number 26 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1980, “What You're Proposing” by Status Quo peaked at number 4 on the Austria pop singles chart.

France 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1986, “I Can't Wait” by Spyder-D peaked at number 49 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Rough Boy” by ZZ Top peaked at number 22 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Traces de toi” by Alain Chamfort peaked at number 29 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1986, “Typical Male” by Tina Turner peaked at number 31 on the France pop singles chart.

Norway 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1980, “D.I.S.C.O.” by Ottawan peaked at number 1 on the Norway pop singles chart.

In 1980, “One More Reggae For The Road” by Bill Lovelady peaked at number 2 on the Norway pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1986, “I've Been Losing You” by a-ha peaked at number 16 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1986, “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby And The Range peaked at number 15 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1980, “Woman In Love” by Barbra Streisand peaked at number 1 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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