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What Happened In 1980?

The News In 1980:


  • Jimmy Carter became president of the US
  • President Carter announced punitive measures and embargoes against the USSR in retaliation for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
  • Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted in a violent blast estimated to be 500 times as powerful as the Hiroshima atomic bomb
  • Ronald Reagan was elected the 40th US president in a sweeping victory
  • US Representative Michael O. Myers was expelled from the House for his role in the Abscam scandal
  • Hewlett-Packard announcee release of its first personal computer
  • Microsoft announced their version of UNIX, Xenix
  • Christina Ricci, Chelsea Clinton, Venus Williams, Jessica Simpson, Macaulay Culkin, and Jake Gyllenhaal were born
  • Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series
  • Pittsburgh Steelers won Superbowl XIV
  • New York Islanders won the Stanley Cup
  • The Empire Strikes Back was the top grossing film
  • "Lady" by Kenny Rogers spent the most time at the top of the US charts
  • U.S. viewers got caught up in the "Who Shot J.R.?" cliff hanger on the soap opera series, Dallas, which is solved on a November 21 episode, drawing a record numbers of viewers 
Remember When Booklet - 1980

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Presenting "A Day In Life" my series of texts from my journals that I kept between the ages of 14 and 17. I'll be adding new entries every now and then to share all my thoughts, ideas,events, experiences, memories, ideas I had during the eighties. It is for my continued amusement that I read and reread my old journals, even when there isn't much content, I still gain occasional insight how I'm still in the process of changing to maturity. Most of the names have been changed to protect the people I recently found on Facebook. A few are just partial entries, my bleeping and blinding exclamations have been removed and some entries have been modified to give way to my now correct spelling and grammar. Yet the mix of excitement, melodrama and pleasant memories from the eighties are still much felt :)I hope, as you read my old journal with me, you enjoy the same sentiments.