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The 80's Datebook for December 21

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In 1980, Casey and Jean Kasem wed.

In 1980, On One Life to Live, Olympia Buchanan, Boʹs presumed-dead mother, was unmasked at the Buchanan ball and subsequently told Bo that Asa was not his father. [Writer's embellishment: it was actually Darth Vader that was the fater.]

In 1981, On General Hospital, Laura (Genie Francis) was offered a job as Miss Star Eyes.

In 1982, On Texas, Victoria (Elizabeth Allen) told Reena (Carla Borelli) that Tom Brandon might succeed in shutting down KVIK. The soap itself would end December 31.

In 1982, “Mickey” single by Toni Basil was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1983, A troupe of entertainers, including comedian Bob Hope, actress Ann Jillian and actress Brooke Shields, were on their way to the Middle East abord an Air Force cargo plane to perform for U.S. peacekeeping troops.

In 1983, Madness founder Mike Barson announced he was leaving the group.

In 1983, “Little Robbers” album by The Motels was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1985, A Special Honor For Bugs Bunny Heʹs awarded a star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in front of 7007 Hollywood Blvd.

In 1985, Bruce Springsteenʹs album, “Born in the USA”, passed Michael Jacksonʹs “Thriller” to become the second longest-lasting LP in the top 10. It stayed there for 79 weeks. Only “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews lasted longer: 109 weeks.

In 1985, Heartʹs “Heart,” album goes number one.

In 1985, R.C., “Can You Feel The Beat” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force peaked at #69 on the pop singles chart.

In 1985, R.C., “Perfect Way” by Scritti Politti peaked at #11 on the pop singles chart.

In 1985, R.C., “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie peaked at number one on the pop singles chart. This song gave the movie “White Nights” two soundtrack singles in the top five. The other single,placing at number five, is Phil Collinsʹ and Marilyn Martinʹs “Separate Lives.” “White Nights” is only the sixth motion picture of the rock era to produce more than one number one single. The first five are: “Saturday Night Fever,” “Grease,” “Flashdance,” “Footloose,” and “Purple Rain.”

In 1986, Days of our Lives star James Reynolds (Abe) married Lissa Layng.

In 1988, Paul Shaffer performs his sixth impression of Cher singing “O Holy Night” on “Late Night With David Letterman.”

In 1988, The Touchstone Pictures live-action feature film, “Beaches” is released in theaters in the U.S. The film is a Bette Midler drama made by Garry Marshall for Disney.

In 1988, “Britny Fox” album by Britny Fox was certified Gold by the RIAA. Britny was a guy!

In 1988, “Dangerous Liasons” starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A. in a limited engagement.

In 1988, “Everything” album by Bangles was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1989, VP Quayle sends out 30,000 Xmas cards with word beacon spelled beakon.

In 1984, "Birdy" was released by Tri-Star Pictures / A&M Films; Alan Parker (director); Sandy Kroopf, Jack Behr (screenplay); Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins, Sandy Baron, Karen Young, Bruno Kirby, Marshall Bell, Elizabeth Whitcraft, Crystal Field, Nancy Fish, George Buck, Dolores Sage, Robert L. Ryan, James Santini, Maud Winchester, Sandra Beall, Victoria Nekko, John Brumfeld; Drama; Live Action

In 1984, "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" was released by Tri-Star Pictures; Sam Firstenberg (director); Charles Parker, Allen DeBevoise, Jan Ventura, Julie Reichert (screenplay); Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo 'Shabba Doo' Quinones, Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers, Ice-T, Susie Bono, Sabrina Garcia, Cooley Jackson/Jaxson, John LaMotta, Steve "Sugarfoot" Notario, Tyler Birch; Comedy, Musical, Drama; Live Action

In 1984, "The Flamingo Kid" was released by 20th Century Fox / ABC Motion Pictures; Garry Marshall (director/screenplay); Neal Marshall (screenplay); Matt Dillon, Héctor Elizondo, Richard Crenna, Jessica Walter, Janet Jones, Brian McNamara, Fisher Stevens, Bronson Pinchot, Marisa Tomei, Steven Weber, Martha Gehman, Leon Robinson, Molly McCarthy, Carole Davis, Frank Campanella, Richard Stahl, Joe Grifasi, Ron McLarty, Seth Allen, Adam Klugman, Ray Roderick, Irving Metzman, Googy Gress, Eric Douglas, Tracy Reiner, Kristina Kossi, Brad Kane, Steve Witting, Novella Nelson; Comedy; Live Action

In 1984, "Johnny Dangerously" was released by 20th Century Fox; Amy Heckerling (director); Harry Colomby, Jeff Harris, Bernie Kukoff, Norman Steinberg (screenplay); Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle, Griffin Dunne, Glynnis O'Connor, Dom DeLuise, Richard Dimitri, Danny DeVito, Ron Carey, Ray Walston, Dick Butkus, Byron Thames, Alan Hale Jr., Scott Thomson, Sudie Bond, Hank Garrett, Leonard Termo, Neal Israel, Jack Nance, Rick Rosenthal, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Weissman, Bob Eubanks, James Coco, Joe Flaherty, Taylor Negron, Vincent Schiavelli; Parody, Comedy; Live Action

In 1984, "Micki & Maude" was released by Columbia Pictures; Blake Edwards (director); Jonathan Reynolds (screenplay); Dudley Moore, Amy Irving, Ann Reinking, Richard Mulligan, George Gaynes, Wallace Shawn, Hard Boiled Haggerty, John Pleshette, Lu Leonard, Priscilla Pointer, Robert Symonds, George Coe, Billy Beck, Ken Olfson, Emma Walton Hamilton, Andre Rousimmoff, Big John Studd, Chief Jay Strongbow, Gene LeBell, Wiley Harker, Roger Rose; Comedy; Live Action

In 1984, "Pinocchio (re-release)" was released by Walt Disney Productions / RKO Radio Pictures; Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Norman Ferguson; Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee (directors); Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Webb Smith, William Cottrell, Joseph Sabo, Erdman Penner, Aurelius Battaglia (screenplay); Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Walter Catlett, Charles Judels, Evelyn Venable, Frankie Darro, Stuart Buchanan; Musical, Fantasy; Animation

In 1984, "Protocol" was released by Warner Bros.; Herbert Ross (director); Buck Henry (screenplay); Goldie Hawn, Chris Sarandon, Richard Romanus, Andre Gregory, Gail Strickland, Cliff DeYoung, Keith Szarabajka, Ed Begley Jr., Kenneth Mars, Jean Smart, Joel Brooks, Grainger Hines, Kenneth McMillan, James Staley, Maria O'Brien; Comedy; Live Action

In 1988, "Beaches" was released by Touchstone Pictures; Garry Marshall (director); Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay); Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, James Read, Lainie Kazan, Grace Johnston, Lynda Goodfriend, Tracy Reiner, Jenifer Lewis, Joe Grifasi, Phil Leeds, Hector Elizondo, Garry Marshall, Marc Shaiman, Mayim Bialik, Marcie Leeds; Comedy, Drama; Live Action

In 1988, "Talk Radio" was released by Universal Pictures; Oliver Stone (director/screenplay); Eric Bogosian (screenplay); Eric Bogosian, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley, John Pankow, Michael Wincott, Robert Trebor, Tony Frank, Anna Levine, Rockets Redglare, Park Overall, Earl Hindman, Zach Grenier, Bill Johnson, Bruno Rubeo, Pirie MacDonald, Allan Corduner, Daniel Escobar; Drama; Live Action

In 1988, "Working Girl" was released by 20th Century Fox; Mike Nichols (director); Kevin Wade (screenplay); Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Philip Bosco, Nora Dunn, Oliver Platt, James Lally, Kevin Spacey, Robert Easton, Olympia Dukakis, Amy Aquino, Jeffrey Nordling, Elizabeth Whitcraft, David Duchovny, Caroline Aaron, Zach Grenier, Barbara Garrick, Ricki Lake, Marceline A. Hugot, Timothy Carhart; Romance, Comedy, Drama; Live Action

In 1989, "Camille Claudel" was released by Gaumont; Bruno Nuytten (director/screenplay); Marilyn Goldin (screenplay); Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Laurent Grévill, Alain Cuny, Madeleine Robinson, Philippe Clévenot, Katrine Boorman, Maxime Leroux, Danièle Lebrun, François Berléand; Biography, Drama, History; Live Action

U.S. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Can You Feel The Beat” by Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam peaked at number 69 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Perfect Way” by Scritti Politti peaked at number 11 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie peaked at number 1 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, ✪ “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora peaked at number 5 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Everyday” by James Taylor peaked at number 93 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Let Me Down Easy” by Roger Daltrey peaked at number 82 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Live Is Life” by Opus peaked at number 7 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie peaked at number 1 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Talk Talk” by The Arrows peaked at number 45 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, ✪ “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / My Home Town” by Bruce Springsteen peaked at number 9 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “All The Love In The World” by Rose Marie peaked at number 91 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Christmas Party (Ep)” by Weekend peaked at number 47 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Christmas Time” by Bryan Adams peaked at number 55 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Mr. DJ” by Concept peaked at number 27 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Pictures In The Dark” by Mike Oldfield And Aled Jones peaked at number 50 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Raise The Roof” by Conway Brothers peaked at number 77 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “She's Strange” by Cameo peaked at number 22 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Tonight She Comes” by The Cars peaked at number 79 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Warrior Groove” by DSM peaked at number 68 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1985, “We Built This City” by Starship peaked at number 12 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor)” by Dead Or Alive peaked at number 41 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Nikita” by Elton John Featuring George Michael And Nik Kershaw peaked at number 3 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1985, “What About Love?” by Heart peaked at number 28 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Working Class Man” by Jimmy Barnes peaked at number 4 on the Australian pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, ✪ “Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid peaked at number 4 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Alles wat ademt” by Rob de Nijs peaked at number 2 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Day By Day” by Al Jarreau With Shakatak peaked at number 46 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Gambler” by Madonna peaked at number 7 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

France 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Chanteur de jazz” by Michel Sardou peaked at number 7 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1985, “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder peaked at number 3 on the France pop singles chart.

Norway 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “Christmas Time” by Bryan Adams peaked at number 2 on the Norway pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1985, “I'm Your Man” by Wham! peaked at number 7 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1985, “The Power Of Love” by Jennifer Rush peaked at number 3 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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