1980 Timeline of Events

1980 started off the decade with a bang, literally and figuratively.

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Miracle on Ice 1980 Olympic Hockey

On February 22, 1980, at the height of the cold war, a group of unknown college kids beat the unbeatable Soviets 4-3 on Mike Eruzione’s third period goal.

The Soviets had not lost an Olympic hockey game since 1968 and had won the gold medal at every Olympics since 1960.

Rubik’s Cube

1980s Rubiks CubeAmericans became addicted to 3-D puzzle.   It took the inventor, Erno Rubik, a month to solve it.  With 43 quintillion possibilities, some of us have never solved one.

Solving the Rubik’s Cube became such an obsession that a Rubik’s Cube World Championship was held in Budapest in 1982.

April 6: Post-It Notes debuted in US stores.

April 24: The U.S. attempt to free the hostages in Iran fails miserably.

May 18: Mount Saint Helens erupts.   Killing 57 people, destroying more than 200 homes and damaging more than 185 miles of roads.

June 1: CNN (Cable News Network) debuts.  The first 24-hour all news network was created by Ted Turner.  The first telecast was anchored by David Walker and Lois Hart.

June 9: Comedian Richard Pryor was set on fire while freebasing cocaine.  He later admitted that he doused himself in rum and lit himself on fire in a suicide attempt.

November 3: Voyager sends back pictures of Saturn.

November 4: Former actor and Governor of California, Ronald Reagan is elected the 40th President of the United States.  He defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter.

November 21: More than 80 million Americans tuned in to find out who shot JR on the popular television series Dallas.

December 8: Former Beatle John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his NYC apartment building, the Dakota.

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