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In 1980, On Another World, the jury reach a verdict in Rachel Cory's (Victoria Wyndham) trial.

In 1980, The Bravo arts cable network was launched.

In 1980, The newly expanded nine-piece Talking Heads start a brief United Kingdom tour at Londonʹs Hammersmith Palais. A new Irish band which will go on to great things in the U.S. within two years, opens the show.

In 1981, COVER OF LIFE BROOKE SHIELDS

In 1981, Depeche Mode founder and songwriter Vince Clarke, announced he was leaving the band to form the group Yazoo (known as “Yaz” in America) with vocalist Alison Moyet.

In 1981, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Oscar Robertson as pro basketballʹs second all-time leading scorer (second only to Wilt Chamberlain). Kareem got to the total of 26,712 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 117-86. Chamberlainʹs record fell in 1984, when Kareemʹs scores reached 31,259. Kareem wound up his career in 1989 with 38,387 points.

In 1981, “Bret Maverick”, TV Western Drama; debut on NBC.

In 1982, Michael Jacksonʹs first solo album in three years, “Thriller”, was released by Epic Records and goes on to become the best-selling album in history, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide. It will yield four smash singles “This Girl is Mine” (a duet with Paul McCartney), “Wanna Be Startin' Somethin',” “Billy Jean” and “Beat It.” This album also provided “Weird Al” Yankovic with material for his video and song “Eat It” in 1984.

In 1984, George Page KOs Gerrie Coetzee to win WBA Boxing title.

In 1984, Greg Page knocked out South Africaʹs Gerrie Coetzee in the eighth round in Sun City, Bophuthatswana, to win the WBA heavyweight title.

In 1984, Just eight days after his miracle pass to lead Boston College over Miami, Doug Flutie was named Heisman Trophy winner for the year. Flutie was only the 13th quarterback to receive the award.

In 1984, NBC debuts “Spencer,” a teen sitcom, starring Chad Lowe, that features some of televisionʹs most famous supporting players — Mimi Kennedy, Ronny Cox, Richard Sanders, Beverly Archer, Harold Gould and Frances Sternhagen — in supporting roles. Not so well known is young Amy Locane, as Spencerʹs kid sister, who will go on to bigger and better things.

In 1984, R.C., “Concealed Weapons” by J. Geils Band peaked at #63 on the pop singles chart.

In 1984, R.C., “Sexcrime (1984)” by Eurythmics peaked at #81 on the pop singles chart.

In 1984, R.C., “The Gap” by Thompson Twins peaked at #69 on the pop singles chart.

In 1985, Singer and actress, Barbi Benton set a record this day, as she appeared for the fourth time as a Playmate in “Playboy” magazine.

In 1986, Eight p.m./ET “Alf” (NBC): The family car is disabled, leaving Lynn (Andrea Elson) without transportation, so Alf salvages the gold from his crippled spaceship and buys her a red Ferrari. Willie: Max Wright. Kate: Anne Schedeen.

In 1986, Filming begins on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.

In 1986, On Santa Barbara, Jane (Jane Sibbett) wanted to know why Caroline (Lenore Kasdorf) received a package from a private investigator.

In 1986, Singer Lee Dorsey died in New Orleans of complications from emphysema at the age of 61. Heʹs known for the hits “Ya-Ya” and “Working In The Coal Mine,” which was covered by Devo in 1981.

In 1986, “The Cavanaughs”, TV Comedy; debut on CBS.

In 1987, On Santa Barbara, Julia Wainwright (Nancy Lee Grahn) told Mason Capwell (Lane Davies) she was transferring to Boston.

In 1987, “Weird Al” Yankovic records “Good Old Days”, “You Make Me”, and “Velvet Elvis” for his Even Worse LP.

In 1988, NBC bid a record $401M to capture rights to 1992 Barcelona Olympics. They would then Triplecast part of it on Pay Per View. The experiment bombed.

In 1988, The Walt Disney Company announces it will create another movie company, Hollywood Pictures, on February 1. Touchstone Picturesʹ vice president Richard Mestres is named president of Hollywood Pictures.

In 1988, The World Health Organization sponsors the first World AIDS Day, celebrated with a concert in Beijing, a march through the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, and a display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in seven countries are among the AIDS prevention activities in 140 nations. President Reagan, Pope John Paul II and United Nations Sec. General Javier Perez de Cuellar are among those sending messages to the opening ceremony at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, calling for stepped-up efforts against the disease. Reaganʹs message, read by singer Pearl Bailey, declares “It is the responsibility of each individual to learn about HIV (the AIDS virus) and to treat those infected with HIV with respect and compassion. And it is the responsibility of infected individuals not to infect others.” The observance comes as the result of the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention in January 1988, which called for a new spirit of social tolerance and a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS. Since then, World AIDS Day has received the support of the World Health Assembly, the United Nations system, governments, communities and individuals from around the world.

In 1988, “A Salt With A Deadly Pepa” album by Salt ʹn Pepa was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1988, “Rock The House” album by Dj Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1989, After his owners are kidnapped by aliens, “Saturday Night Liveʹs” Toonces (the cat who could drive a car, just not very well) crashes into a Forest Service office where he types that “My owners Lyle and Brenda Clarke of 3130 Meadow Lane are being held captive by Marshens.” Yes, he misspelled Martians — what do you want from a cat?

In 1980, "A Change of Seasons" was released by 20th Century Fox / Film Finance Group / Polyc International BV; Richard Lang (director); Erich Segal, Martin Ransohoff, Ronni Kern, Fred Segal (screenplay); Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Hopkins, Bo Derek, Michael Brandon, Mary Beth Hurt, Edward Winter, K Callan, Rod Colbin, Steve Eastin, Billy Beck, Karen Philipp, Paul Bryar; Comedy, Drama; Live action

In 1989, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" was released by Warner Bros. Pictures / Hughes Entertainment; Jeremiah S. Chechik (director); John Hughes (screenplay); Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, John Randolph, Diane Ladd, E. G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, Miriam Flynn, William Hickey, Mae Questel, Sam McMurray, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brian Doyle-Murray, Ellen Hamilton Latzen, Cody Burger, Nicholas Guest, Natalia Nogulich, Nicolette Scorsese, Alexander Folk, Doug Llewelyn; Comedy, Christmas; Live Action

U.S. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “Concealed Weapons” by The J. Geils Band peaked at number 63 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Hands Tied” by Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth peaked at number 41 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “It Ain't Enough” by Corey Hart peaked at number 17 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Penny Lover” by Lionel Richie peaked at number 8 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)” by Eurythmics peaked at number 81 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “The Gap” by Thompson Twins peaked at number 69 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “Better Be Good To Me” by Tina Turner peaked at number 6 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1984, “I Need You Tonight” by Peter Wolf peaked at number 85 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1984, “I'm So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters peaked at number 21 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1984, “If It Happens Again” by UB40 peaked at number 56 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Tears” by John Waite peaked at number 45 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1984, “What About Me?” by Kenny Rogers With Kim Carnes And James Ingram peaked at number 18 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “All Join Hands” by Slade peaked at number 15 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Amnesia” by Shalamar peaked at number 61 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Body” by The Jacksons peaked at number 94 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Don't You Ever Leave Me” by Hanoi Rocks peaked at number 92 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Half A Minute” by Matt Bianco peaked at number 23 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “I Should Have Known Better” by Jim Diamond peaked at number 1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “I'll Make The Living If You Make The Loving...” by Gene Chandler peaked at number 88 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Keep On Keepin' On” by Redskins peaked at number 43 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Let It All Blow” by The Dazz Band peaked at number 12 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Let The Rest Of The World Go By” by Rose Marie peaked at number 76 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Love Light In Flight” by Stevie Wonder peaked at number 44 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Never Let Her Slip Away” by Trevor Walters peaked at number 73 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Still On Fire” by Aztec Camera peaked at number 83 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “The Last Farewell” by Elvis Presley peaked at number 48 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Ti Amo” by Laura Branigan peaked at number 100 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Trouble” by Rod Stewart peaked at number 95 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Warning Sign” by Nick Heyward peaked at number 25 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “Like To Get To Know You Well” by Howard Jones peaked at number 16 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Shake This City” by Non Stop Dancers peaked at number 44 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Shooting From The Heart” by Cliff Richard peaked at number 47 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Soul Kind Of Feeling” by The Dynamic Hepnotics peaked at number 5 on the Australian pop singles chart.

New Zealand 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “Freedom” by Wham! peaked at number 8 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1984, “I Walk Away” by Split Enz peaked at number 13 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1984, “I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” by Paul Young peaked at number 18 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “European Queen (No More Love On The Run)” by Billy Ocean peaked at number 21 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Out Of Touch” by Daryl Hall And John Oates peaked at number 33 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Reach Out” by Giorgio Moroder Featuring Paul Engemann peaked at number 47 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Something Heavy Going Down” by Golden Earring peaked at number 22 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Swept Away” by Diana Ross peaked at number 36 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1984, “The Chant Has Begun” by Level 42 peaked at number 38 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1984, “The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran peaked at number 3 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Together In Electric Dreams” by Giorgio Moroder With Philip Oakey peaked at number 35 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Austria 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “Disco Band” by Scotch peaked at number 1 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Drive” by The Cars peaked at number 8 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Smooth Operator” by Sade peaked at number 12 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1984, “The Never Ending Story” by Limahl peaked at number 2 on the Austria pop singles chart.

France 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “Disparue” by Jean-Pierre Mader peaked at number 18 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Down On The Street” by Shakatak peaked at number 25 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Eyes Without A Face” by Billy Idol peaked at number 50 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat peaked at number 8 on the France pop singles chart.

Norway 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “Purple Rain” by Prince And The Revolution peaked at number 5 on the Norway pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1984, “Flesh For Fantasy” by Billy Idol peaked at number 20 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Smooth Operator” by Sade peaked at number 14 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1984, “The Second Time” by Kim Wilde peaked at number 7 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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