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Bloomington Lincoln High School Class of 1980 - 1980 in Review


Capture the significant events of your graduation year here

HOT NEWS FROM 1980
Cost of Living 1980
How Much things cost in 1980

Yearly Inflation Rate USA13.58%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 963
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 21.50%
Average Cost of new house $68,700.00
Average Income per year $19,500.00
Average Monthly Rent $300.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas $1.19
Average cost new car $7,200.00
Mens Casual Shirt $14.00

Technology
•First available Domestic Camcorders available in Japan
•First Available Fax Machines in Japan
•30% of US car sales are imports
•In Mexico first ever natural birth in captivity of a Giant panda
•Voyager 1 probe sends the first high resolution images of Saturn back to scientists and confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.
•Release of Pac-Man arcade game
•CNN becomes the first 24hrs News Station
•Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard for Ethernet

Popular Culture 1980
•Millions of viewers tune into the TV soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J.R. Ewing.
•John Lennon is shot outside his New York apartment

Popular Films

•Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
•Superman II
•Nine to Five
•Raging Bull
•Coal Miner's Daughter

Popular Musicians

•ABBA
•AC/DC
•Adam and the Ants
•Black Sabbath
•Blondie with ' Call Me '
•David Bowie
•The Cars
•Eric Clapton
•Alice Cooper
•Elvis Costello
•KC and The Sunshine Band
•Michael Jackson
•Queen with ' Another One Bites the Dust '
•Pink Floyd
•Diana Ross ' Upside Down '
•Paul McCartney
•Olivia Newton-John with ' Magic '
•Electric Light Orchestra
•David Bowie
•The Police


January 1980


Saturday 05:
Hewlett-Packard announces release of its first personal computer.



Monday 07:
President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out Chrysler Corporation.



Friday 11:
Nigel Short, 14, is the youngest chess player to be awarded the degree of International Master.



Tuesday 22:
Andrei Sakharov is arrested in Moscow.



Saturday 26:
Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.


February 1980


Saturday 02:
1980 - Founding congress of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Turkey.



Thursday 14:
Walter Cronkite announces his retirement from CBS Evening News.



Friday 15:
Television One and Television Two (formerly South Pacific Television) under the newly formed Television New Zealand goes to air for the first time



Friday 22:
The United States ice hockey team defeats the Soviet Union team at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in an upset dubbed the 'Miracle on Ice'.



Saturday 23:
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran's parliament would decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.



» February 1980

Saturday 02:
1980 - Founding congress of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Turkey.



Thursday 14:
Walter Cronkite announces his retirement from CBS Evening News.



Friday 15:
Television One and Television Two (formerly South Pacific Television) under the newly formed Television New Zealand goes to air for the first time



Friday 22:
The United States ice hockey team defeats the Soviet Union team at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in an upset dubbed the 'Miracle on Ice'.



Saturday 23:
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran's parliament would decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.





March 1980


Saturday 01:
1983 - Swatch introduces their first timepieces.



Friday 14:
In Poland, a plane crashes during an emergency landing near Warsaw, killing a 14-man American boxing team and 73 others.



Tuesday 18:
On Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia 50 persons were killed at an explosion of a Vostok-2M rocket on its launch pad during a fueling operation.



Monday 24:
Archbishop Ă“scar Romero is killed by gunmen while celebrating Mass in San Salvador.



Thursday 27:
The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.








April 1980


Monday 07:
The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions following the taking of American hostages on November 4, 1979.



Saturday 12:
Terry Fox began his trans-Canada marathon to raise money for cancer research (Marathon of Hope) by dipping his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean at St. John's, Newfoundland, aiming to dip it again in the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver, British Columbia.



Friday 18:
The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President.



Thursday 24:
Eight U.S. servicemen died in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempted to end the Iran hostage crisis.



Wednesday 30:
Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.



May 1980


Thursday 01:
Foundation of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey.



Friday 09:
The first meeting of Pope John Paul II and the Archbishop of Canterbury takes place in Ghana.



Saturday 17:
General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.



Tuesday 20:
In a Referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.



Wednesday 21:
1980 - ' opens in theaters.



June 1980


Sunday 01:
The Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.



Monday 09:
Comedian Richard Pryor attempts to commit suicide by dousing himself with rum and setting it ablaze during a cocaine binge.



Tuesday 10:
Percy Wood, president of United Airlines, is injured by an exploding package sent by the Unabomber.



Friday 20:
Roberto Duran starts his classic boxing trilogy with Sugar Ray Leonard by defeating him in Canada by a decision in 15 rounds, to gain the WBC world Welterweight championship.



Friday 27:
A commercial DC-9 (Itavia Flight 870) was apparently shot down.



July 1980


Tuesday 01:
O Canada officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.



Saturday 05:
Björn Borg wins his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.



Tuesday 08:
State of Origin, Rugby League is born.



Sunday 20:
The United States Air Force reveals it has a stealth plane.



Wednesday 30:
Vanuatu gains independence.



August 1980


Saturday 02:
A bomb explodes at the railway station in Bologna, Italy, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.



Thursday 14:
Lech Wa??sa leads strikes at Gda?sk, Poland shipyards.



Tuesday 19:
Saudia Flight 163, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar burns after making an emergency landing at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing 301 people.



Monday 25:
The Broadway musical 42nd Street opens; the show's director, Gower Champion, had died earlier that day.



Sunday 31:
The Solidarity trade union is formed in Poland.



September 1980


Friday 05:
The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles (16.32 km) stretching from Goschenen to Airolo.



Monday 15:
Paul McCartney releases 'Temporary Secretary'.



Monday 22:
Iraq invades Iran.



Saturday 27:
Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing's world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.



Tuesday 30:
Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.



October 1980


Tuesday 21:
1980 World Series: In 6 games, the Philadelphia Phillies win their first World Series.



Friday 24:
Government of Poland legalizes Solidarity trade union



Wednesday 29:
Demonstration flight of a secretly modified C-130 for an Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt ends in crash landing at Eglin Air Force Base's Duke Field, Florida leading to cancellation of Operation Credible Sport.



Thursday 30:
El Salvador and Honduras sign a peace treaty to put the border dispute fought over in 1969's Football War before the International Court of Justice.



November 1980


Saturday 01:
Wayanad district formed in the state of Kerala, India.



Friday 21:
1980 -Lake Peigneur drained into an underlying salt deposit. A misplaced Texaco oil probe drilled into the Diamond crystal salt mine; water flowing down into the mine eroded the edges of the hole. The whirlpool created sucked the drilling platform, several barges, houses and trees thousands of feet, to the bottom of the dissolving salt deposit.



Sunday 23:
A series of earthquakes in southern Italy kills approximately 4,800 people.



Tuesday 25:
No Más Fight: Sugar Ray Leonard recovers the WBC world welterweight boxing title in a fight against Roberto Duran.



Friday 28:
Mark Morris, choreographer, gets together some friends, calls them the Mark Morris Dance Group, and puts on its first show at the Merce Cunningham Studios.



December 1980


Monday 08:
Mark David Chapman murders former Beatle John Lennon.



Friday 19:
Anguilla is made a dependency of the United Kingdom separate from Saint Kitts and Nevis



Friday 26:
Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service.



Tuesday 30:
After 25 years, the longest-running prime-time TV series The Wonderful World of Disney is cancelled by NBC.


WHO DIED IN 1980?

Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 1980
Dead People Server Sitemap
1979 * * 1981

January
Joy Adamson (writer/wildlife fundraiser) -- Dead. Murdered by an irate former employee. Died January 3, 1980. Born January 20, 1910. Raised a wild lion cub and wrote a series of Born Free books

Jimmy Durante (comic, 'singer') -- Dead. Died January 29, 1980. Born February 10, 1893. The Schnozzola!  

February
David Janssen (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died February 13, 1980. Born March 27, 1931. The Fugitive and many TV movies.  

Bon Scott (rocker) -- Dead. Aspirating on vomit while drunk. Died February 19, 1980. Born July 9, 1946. Leader of AC/DC - 'Highway to Hell'.  

March
Jay Silverheels (actor) -- Dead. Stroke. Died March 5, 1980. Born May 26, 1919. Tonto on TV's The Lone Ranger  

April
Jean-Paul Sartre (philosopher) -- Dead. Lung tumor. Died April 15, 1980. Born June 21, 1905. No Exit.  

Katherine K. Davis (teacher/composer) -- Dead. Died April 20, 1980. Born June 25, 1892. Composer of 'The Little Drummer Boy', she wrote hundreds of pieces for women's choruses.    

Alfred Hitchcock (mysterious director) -- Dead. Died April 29, 1980. Born August 13, 1899. Directed Psycho, North by Northwest, Rear Window and many other stylish flicks.  

May
George Pal (director/special effects artist) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died May 2, 1980. Born February 1, 1908. Created the Puppetoons, directed Destination Moon, and the original versions of War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.    

June
Henry Miller (author) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died June 7, 1980. Born December 26, 1891. Tropic of Cancer

Milburn Stone (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died June 12, 1980. Born July 5, 1904. Played the part of Doc on Gunsmoke.    

July
Peter Sellers (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died July 24, 1980. Born September 8, 1925. Great range, from Dr. Strangelove, to Pink Panther and Being There, The Goon Show; Geoffrey Rush played him in a terrific HBO biopic

Bobby Van (actor, dancer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died July 31, 1980. Born December 6, 1930. Kiss Me Kate.  

August
Strother Martin (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died August 1, 1980. Born March 26, 1919.  

Tex Avery (cartoon director) -- Dead. Died August 26, 1980. Born February 26, 1908. Gave Bugs his most famous line: 'What's up, doc?'.  

September
Duncan Renaldo (actor) -- Dead. Died September 3, 1980. Born April 23, 1904. Cisco Kid.  

October
William 'Buckwheat' Thomas (little rascal) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died October 10, 1980. Born March 12, 1931. The Little Rascals.  

November
Steve McQueen (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack after lung cancer surgery. Died November 7, 1980. Born March 24, 1930.  

Victor Sen Yung (actor) -- Dead. Died November 9, 1980. Born October 18, 1915. #2 son in Charlie Chan movies.  

Mae West (actress/writer) -- Dead. Stroke. Died November 22, 1980. Born August 17, 1892. She Done Him Wrong.  

George Raft (actor) -- Dead. Stroke. Died November 24, 1980. Born September 27, 1895.    

December
John Lennon (musician) -- Dead. Assassinated-shot. Died December 8, 1980. Born October 9, 1940. Part of the great Lennon-McCartney songwriting team, John was always the most interesting Beatle.    

Col. Harlan Sanders (chicken fryer) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died December 16, 1980. Born September 9, 1890. Founded Kentucky Fried Chicken (AKA KFC - Randy Quaid is doing his cartoon voice in commercials, which is...well...eerie...).  

Marshall McLuhan (academic/writer) -- Dead. Died December 31, 1980. Born July 21, 1911.


1980 MINNESOTA VIKINGS DRAFT (You won't see these guys in Canton)

Round Overall Player Position Birthdate College
1 9 Doug Martin DE 05/22/1957 Washington
2 30 Willie Teal DB 12/20/1957 Louisiana State
3 68 Brent Boyd OG 03/23/1957 UCLA
4 92 Dennis Johnson LB 06/19/1958 Southern California
5 121 Doug Paschal RB 03/05/1958 North Carolina
5 122 Paul Jones RB 01/28/1957 California
6 148 Ray Yakavonis DT 01/20/1957 East Stroudsburg
7 174 Henry Johnson LB 03/20/1958 Georgia Tech
9 232 Dennis Mosley RB 03/19/1957 Iowa
10 258 Ken Brown WR 07/26/1956 Nebraska
11 288 Sam Harrell RB 02/07/1957 East Carolina
12 315 Thomas Lane DB 06/26/1957 Florida A&M


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