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The 80's Datebook for December 31

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In 1980, On Another World, as the party guests counted down to the New Year, an intoxicated Pat Randolph (Beverly Penberthy) collapsed just as Philip Lyons (Robert Gentry) proposed. The Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight made his first appearance as Leigh Hobson.

In 1981, Headline News, aka CNN2, cable network debuts.

In 1982, CBS Mystery Theater aired its final episode on radio after eight years.

In 1982, NBC aired the final episode of daytime soap opera Texas after two years on the air. The show was a spin-off of Another World with Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) moving to Houston. She left the show a year later when it became "Texas: The New Generation."

In 1982, NBC aired the final episode of daytime soap opera The Doctors, ending a run of 5,280 episodes that began on April 1, 1963.

In 1982, NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features.

In 1983, On Days of our Lives, Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) and Hope Williams (Kristian Alfonso) began to make love after her 18th birthday party.

In 1983, The court-ordered breakup of the American Telephone and Telegraph company took effect at midnight.

In 1983, Van Halenʹs “1984” album was released with the singles “Jump”, “Iʹll Wait”, “Panama”, and “Hot for Teacher”.

In 1984, ESPN debuts in Hawaii and becomes available in all 50 states

In 1984, Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares got married.

In 1984, The nationʹs first mandatory seat belt law went into effect in New York state at midnight.

In 1985, Over 54,500 people played kazoos in downtown Rochester, New York, on this day. The assembled multitude played, “A Bicycle Built for Two”. Any idea why? Well, they felt it was appropriate for the last day of the year — and it got the crowd listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for 'The Most Kazoo-ers'. Now, thereʹs an honor to put on the job resume…

In 1985, Rick Nelson dies in a plane crash outside of DeKalb, Texas. A TV star on “The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet,” he crossed between pop and country with his 1950s rockabilly-influenced recordings, including “Stood Up” and “Poor Little Fool”

In 1985, Today in Days of Our Lives History: Eugene and Calliope Bradford anniversary

In 1986, “Weird Al” Yankovic gave a live performance at the Manhattan Center in New York, New York, fronting a house band for MTV Neroʹs Eve party.

In 1988, Mario Lemieux becomes the first NHL player to score goals in five ways during the same game. Lemieux scores at even strength, on the power play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot and into an empty net. The five goals carry the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-6 victory against the New Jersey Devils.

In 1988, “Simon and Simon”, TV Crime Drama; last aired on CBS.

In 1988, “The Fog Bowl” In the second half of the NFC divisional playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears, so much fog rolled onto Soldier Field that neither the CBS announcers nor the TV viewers could see anything but hazy shadows. CBS analyst Terry Bradshaw made this call: “[Thomas Sanders] goes right… and out of sight.”

In 1989, Sam Behrens and Shari Belafonte Harper wed.

In 1986, "My Letter to George" was released by RKO Pictures; Michael Laughlin (director/screenplay); Jodie Foster, John Lithgow, Michael Murphy, Dan Shor, Harry Andrews, Philip Holder, Beryl Te Wiata, Reg Evans, Jonathan Hardy, Don Selwyn, Derek Hardwick, Jonathan Elsom, George Spoors, Bob Gould, Norman Fairley; Drama; Live Action

In 1986, "Wisdom" was released by 20th Century Fox / Cannon Films; Emilio Estevez (director/screenplay); Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, William Allen Young, Ernie Lively, Charlie Sheen, Richard Minchenberg, Brenda Medcalf; Romance, Crime; Live Action

In 1986, "Witchboard" was released by Cinema Group; Kevin Tenney (director/screenplay); Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols, Kathleen Wilhoite, Burke Byrnes, James W. Quinn, Rose Marie; Horror, Thriller; Live Action

Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1983, “Church Of The Poison Mind” by Culture Club peaked at number 5 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Cum On Feel The Noize” by Quiet Riot peaked at number 8 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Love Is A Battlefield” by Pat Benatar peaked at number 2 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Rush Rush” by Debbie Harry peaked at number 42 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Synchronicity II” by The Police peaked at number 21 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Whistle Down The Wind” by Nick Heyward peaked at number 47 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1988, “9AM (The Comfort Zone)” by Londonbeat peaked at number 19 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1988, “Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)” by Status Quo peaked at number 5 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1988, “Evening Falls...” by Enya peaked at number 20 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1988, “It's Party Time Again” by George Van Dusen peaked at number 43 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1988, “John Kettley (Is A Weatherman)” by A Tribe Of Toffs peaked at number 21 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1988, “Johnny Come Lately” by Steve Earle peaked at number 75 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1988, “Mary's Boy Child (Megamix)” by Boney M. peaked at number 52 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1988, “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” by Annie Lennox And Al Green peaked at number 28 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1988, “Thinking About Your Body” by Bobby McFerrin peaked at number 46 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1988, “True Love” by Shakin' Stevens peaked at number 23 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1983, “2000 Miles” by The Pretenders peaked at number 13 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Breakdancing” by Electric Boogie Men peaked at number 30 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Hearts Are Trump” by Trio peaked at number 36 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Hee Amsterdam” by Drukwerk peaked at number 9 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Reggae Night” by Jimmy Cliff peaked at number 6 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Why” by Randy Crawford peaked at number 49 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1983, “You Are” by Dolly Parton peaked at number 1 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Sweden 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1988, “Jag drömmer om en jul hemma” by Lili And Susie / Hot Lips Big Band peaked at number 20 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1988, “Julskinkan har rymt” by Werner And Werner peaked at number 5 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1988, “Vingar” by Mikael Rickfors peaked at number 1 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

Austria 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1983, “Come Back And Stay” by Paul Young peaked at number 3 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Islands In The Stream” by Kenny Rogers And Dolly Parton peaked at number 1 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Un'estate con te” by Toto Cutugno peaked at number 10 on the Austria pop singles chart.

France 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1988, “Attention danger!” by Dorothée peaked at number 27 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1988, “Jour de neige” by Elsa peaked at number 2 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1988, “The Dead Heart” by Midnight Oil peaked at number 19 on the France pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1983, “Cry Just A Little Bit” by Shakin' Stevens peaked at number 19 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Dancing In The Dark” by Kim Wilde peaked at number 9 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Lick It Up” by KISS peaked at number 24 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1983, “Sweet Surrender” by Rod Stewart peaked at number 21 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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