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In 1981, In a daytime ratings bonanza, the first part of the Luke and Laura wedding on General Hospital aired on ABC; 16 million viewers tuned in that week that also featured Elizabeth Taylor making a guest appearance as Helena Cassidine (a few days later), whose husband was killed when Luke froze him to death in the earlier Mr. Freeze plotline.

In 1981, On Another World, Rachel Cory (Victoria Wyndham) agreed to consider Steve Frame's (David Canary) commission to create a sculpture for the Bel Aire Towers.

In 1981, On General Hospital, the wedding of Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) began. During 1981, General Hospital reached the highest daytime ratings in TV history (14 million viewers). It earned more than $50 million a year in profits (double that of primetime's costlier-to-produce and top-rated Dallas). And in next week's wedding of erstwhile rapist Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and smitten victim Laura Baldwin (Genie Francis). Luke and Laura's wedding ceremony was watched by a daytime record 30 million viewers.

In 1981, On Guiding Light, Carrie Anderson (Jane Elliot) told Ross Marler (Jerry verDorn) that she wanted to wait to accept his marriage proposal until the chaos in their lives was over. Elsewhere, Morgan Richards Nelson (Jennifer Cook) made waffles with a candle for her husband, Kelly (John Wesley Shipp), on his birthday.

In 1981, On Texas, Dr. Bernard Kirkman (Christopher Goutman) surprised Justin (Jerry Lanning) when he revealed Justin's wife, Ashley, was not pregnant. Note: Goutman returned to Texas in 1982 in a different role, George St. John.

In 1981, “The Wedding of Luke and Laura” On the lawn of the Port Charles mayoral mansion, on a perfect autumn afternoon, Laura Webber Baldwin — a vision in white — and Lucas Lorenzo Spencer — in a gray cutaway, his permed hair rustling in the breeze — spoke their vows with quivering lips. It had been a stormy romance, starting with the night a drunken Luke raped Laura in a deserted disco. Ah well, the course of love never runs smooth on daytime. But their relationship on “General Hospital” resulted in the most celebrated wedding in the annals of soaps. As they walked down the aisle, Luke pumped his two fists in a show of giddy victory. Then we heard a shadowy, uninvited guest (OK, it was Elizabeth Taylor) swear, “Curse you, Laura and Luke!” So much for happy endings.

In 1982, A tentative agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players. It was the longest in the history of professional sports (until the baseball strike in 1994).

In 1983, “Late Night With David Letterman”. “Every day,” David Letterman informs us from New York City, “people from all points of the compass journey to this fine community. And we thought that, 'Why not have some sort of official spokesperson or greeter to meet these fine folks as they get off their bus?'” Cut to the Port Authority bus terminal, where Larry “Bud” Melman, looking like a deer who has taken a hoofful of Valium before being caught in the headlights, stands adorned in a bright crimson welcome sash, holding a small tray, urging passersby to “please enjoy a hot towel,” which he offers them with tongs. He reads — badly — from cue cards. He interviews — also badly — travelers who get caught in camera range. What he asks them, who can tell? Thatʹs because Larry has a knack for moving the mike before heʹs done talking, so all we hear is Lettermanʹs high-pitched cackle as he comes unglued watching network television run amok. “Itʹs like a ventriloquist in training, isnʹt it?” Letterman remarks. “Iʹm 36 years old, and thatʹs about the most peculiar thing Iʹve ever seen.” Us, too.

In 1983, “More Songs About Buildings And Food” album by Talking Heads was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1984, John Lennon releases “Every Man has a Woman Who Loves Him”.

In 1984, Paul McCartney seeʹs John Lennonʹs son Julian for the first time in ten years when they hosted NBC-TVʹs “Friday Night Videos.” Paul talked about how he wrote “Hey Jude” for Julian.

In 1985, Irish group U2 launched their own label, Mother Records, with the aim of discovering new talent and providing an outlet for known acts lacking a sympathetic record company.

In 1985, On the cover of TV Guide: “cast of Dynasty II: The Colbys”. Other Articles: Peter Strauss, Ann Jillian

In 1985, On “Saturday Night Live”, Jon Lovitz debuts Tommy Flanagan, president and founder of Pathological Liars Anonymous, a character who will appear on each of the next 200 episodes…Yeah, thatʹs the ticket!

In 1985, R.C., “Girls Are More Fun” by Ray Parker Jr. peaked at #34 on the pop singles chart.

In 1985, R.C., “Love Theme From Saint Elmoʹs Fire” by David Foster peaked at #15 on the pop singles chart.

In 1985, R.C., “We Built This City” by Starship peaked at number one on the pop singles chart.

In 1985, R.C., “You Are My Lady” by Freddie Jackson peaked at #12 on the pop singles chart.

In 1985, R.C., “You Belong To The City” by Glenn Frey peaked at number two on the pop singles chart; it was heard on the hit TV cop show Miami Vice.

In 1986, Carol Burnett, Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr, and Tom Poston mock the sprawling scenery (and even more sprawling writing) of prime time soap operas in the first comic miniseries — “Fresno,” exploring the ups and downs of the glamorous raisin industry.

In 1986, Gerber Products announced intentions to produce baby food in plastic jars, instead of glass — a first for the industry.

In 1986, Steve Pelluer of Dallas vs. San Diego was sacked eleven times!

In 1986, The surviving members of Bob Willsʹs Original Texas Playboys reunited for a farewell concert in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1987, On Days of Our Lives, Justin and Adrienne wed in Greece.

In 1987, Paul McCartney releases “Once Upon a Long Ago”.

In 1987, “Pebbles” album by Pebbles was released

In 1987, “Tiffany” album by Tiffany was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1989, On “Late Night with David Letterman,” Letterman bludgeons the Energizer Bunny with a baseball bat.

In 1984, "Just the Way You Are" was released by MGM/UA; Édouard Molinaro (director); Allan Burns (screenplay); Kristy McNichol, Michael Ontkean, Kaki Hunter, André Dussollier, Catherine Salviat, Robert Carradine, Alexandra Paul, Lance Guest, Tim Daly, Patrick Cassidy, Gérard Jugnot, André Oumansky, Billy Kearns, Joyce Gordon, Wayne Robson, Jean-Claude Ostrander, Garrick Dowhen; Comedy, Drama; Live Action

In 1984, "B.C. Rock" was released by Almi Pictures; Tony Hendra (screenplay); Jim Vallely, Jonathan Schmock, Joseph Plewa; Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy; Animation

In 1984, "Missing in Action" was released by The Cannon Group, Inc.; Joseph Zito (director); James Bruner (screenplay); Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh, David Tress, Lenore Kasdorf, Ernie Ortega, James Hong, Erich Anderson; Action, Drama; Live Action

In 1984, "Night of the Comet" was released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation / Thomas Coleman and Michael Rosenblatt Productions / Film Development Fund; Thom Eberhardt (director/screenplay); Robert Beltran, Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Sharon Farrell, Mary Woronov, Geoffrey Lewis, Peter Fox, John Achorn, Michael Bowen, Devon Ericson, Lissa Layng, Janice Kawaye, Chance Boyer, Ivan E. Roth, Dick Rude, Chris Pedersen, Marc Poppel; Sci-Fi, Horror, Comedy; Live Action

In 1984, "Night Patrol" was released by RSL Company / Vis Arts Consultants Inc. / New World Pictures; Jackie Kong (director/screenplay); Murray Langston, William A. Levey, Bill Osco (screenplay); Linda Blair, Pat Paulsen, Billy Barty, Murray Langston, Pat Morita, Andrew Dice Clay, Jaye P. Morgan, Vic Dunlop; Comedy; Live Action

U.S. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Girls Are More Fun” by Ray Parker Jr. peaked at number 34 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Love Theme From 'St. Elmo's Fire'” by David Foster peaked at number 15 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “We Built This City” by Starship peaked at number 1 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “You Are My Lady” by Freddie Jackson peaked at number 12 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “You Belong To The City” by Glenn Frey peaked at number 2 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Blue Kiss” by Jane Wiedlin peaked at number 62 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Eaten Alive” by Diana Ross peaked at number 79 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Lay Your Hands On Me” by Thompson Twins peaked at number 8 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Oh Sheila” by Ready For The World peaked at number 1 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “One Night Love Affair” by Bryan Adams peaked at number 19 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “You Belong To The City” by Glenn Frey peaked at number 6 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “A Good Heart” by Feargal Sharkey peaked at number 1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Cruisers Creek” by The Fall peaked at number 96 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Get Outta Town” by Dan Hartman peaked at number 99 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Give And Take” by Brass Construction peaked at number 62 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Howard's Way Theme” by Simon May Orchestra peaked at number 21 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Just For Money” by Paul Hardcastle peaked at number 19 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “No One Emotion” by George Benson peaked at number 76 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Oh Sheila” by Ready For The World peaked at number 50 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Rock Me Baby” by Johnny Nash peaked at number 47 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Stairway To Heaven” by FAR Corporation peaked at number 8 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Subculture” by New Order peaked at number 63 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Tell Me (How It Feels)” by 52nd Street peaked at number 54 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “The Taste Of Your Tears” by King peaked at number 11 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “This Is What She's Like” by Dexy's Midnight Runners peaked at number 78 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “You Belong To The City” by Glenn Frey peaked at number 94 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “You Don't Know” by Serious Intention peaked at number 75 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Alive And Kicking” by Simple Minds peaked at number 21 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Don't Mess With Doctor Dream” by Thompson Twins peaked at number 17 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Face To Face” by Real Life peaked at number 32 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1985, “I'm Goin' Down / Janey, Don't You Lose Heart” by Bruce Springsteen peaked at number 41 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Move Closer” by Phyllis Nelson peaked at number 15 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Take On Me” by a-ha peaked at number 1 on the Australian pop singles chart.

New Zealand 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Brand New Friend” by Lloyd Cole And The Commotions peaked at number 20 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Don't Mess With Doctor Dream” by Thompson Twins peaked at number 12 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Election Day” by Arcadia peaked at number 4 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Going Down To Liverpool” by The Bangles peaked at number 42 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Lonely Ol' Night” by John Cougar Mellencamp peaked at number 50 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Out Of Mind Out Of Sight” by Models [AU] peaked at number 3 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush peaked at number 26 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1985, “The Power Of Love” by Jennifer Rush peaked at number 1 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Don't Take Away The Music (Hands Off The Music Mix)” by Tavares peaked at number 48 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Manolito” by The George Baker Selection peaked at number 23 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Marlene On The Wall” by Suzanne Vega peaked at number 27 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Road To Nowhere” by Talking Heads peaked at number 10 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves” by Eurythmics And Aretha Franklin peaked at number 17 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Slave To The Rhythm” by Grace Jones peaked at number 4 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “So I Say” by Roberto Jacketti And The Scooters peaked at number 29 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “You're The Inspiration” by New Jersey Mass Choir peaked at number 50 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Zolang je bij me bent” by Benny Neyman peaked at number 15 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Sweden 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Can't You Stay” by Tone Norum peaked at number 2 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Cheerio” by The Monroes [NO] peaked at number 11 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Cheri, Cheri Lady” by Modern Talking peaked at number 3 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Woody Boogie” by Baltimora peaked at number 4 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

Austria 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, ✪ “Vienna Calling” by Falco peaked at number 3 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Dreams In The City” by Patricia Simpson peaked at number 7 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder peaked at number 11 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Prospettiva Nevski” by Alice peaked at number 15 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Take On Me” by a-ha peaked at number 1 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Yeh Yeh” by Matt Bianco peaked at number 22 on the Austria pop singles chart.

France 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, ✪ “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits peaked at number 34 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears peaked at number 18 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Lemon Incest” by Charlotte And Gainsbourg peaked at number 2 on the France pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Alive And Kicking” by Simple Minds peaked at number 13 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Dress You Up” by Madonna peaked at number 20 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1985, “One Of The Living” by Tina Turner peaked at number 9 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1985, “The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade peaked at number 14 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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