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Big News Headlines in 1980

President Carter announces punitive measures and embargos against the USSR in retaliation for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 

Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupts in a violent blast estimated to be 500 times as powerful as the Hiroshima atomic bomb. 

Hurricane "Allen" claims 28 U.S. lives and over 200 in the Caribbean. 

Ronald Reagan is elected the 40th U.S. president in a sweeping victory.

U.S. Representative Michael O. Myers is expelled from the House for his role in the Abscam scandal.

  • Sports Champions
  • MLB - Philadelphia Phillies

    NFL - Pittsburgh Steelers

    NBA - Los Angeles Lakers

    NHL - New York Islanders

  • Grammy Award Winners
  • Record of the Year - "Sailing" by Christopher Cross

    Album of the Year - "Christopher Cross" by Christopher Cross

    Song of the Year - "Sailing" by Christopher Cross

  • Academy Award Winners
  • Best Picture - Ordinary People

    Best Director - Robert Redford for “Ordinary People”

    Best Actress - Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner's Daughter”

    Best Actor - Robert DeNiro in “Raging Bull”

  • Top Grossing Movies
  • #1 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

    #2 Superman II

    #3 Nine to Five

    #4 Stir Crazy

    #5 Airplane!

    #1 Hits of 1980 (US Pop Charts)


    Call Me

    (Just Like) Starting Over



    It's Still Rock & Roll to Me

    Rock With You


    Crazy Little Thing Called Love

    Another One Bites the Dust

    Another Brick in the Wall (pt. II)

    Coming Up (Live at Glascow)

    Woman in Love


    Upside Down

    Do That To Me One More Time



    John Lennon

    Christopher Cross

    Olivia Newton-John

    Billy Joel

    Michael Jackson

    Lipps, Inc.



    Pink Floyd

    Paul McCartney

    Barbara Streisand

    Kenny Rogers

    Diana Ross

    Captain & Tennille

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