1980 in history
Here are some light-hearted facts about 1980, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1980.
I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1980 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1980 in Britain too.
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Airplane and The Shining (first epic horror film) were released. The Empire Strikes Back was also released and gave us one of the most mis-quoted lines in movie history: "No, I am your father" - good for audio
Play Your Cards Right was launched with Bruce Forsyth - good for audio
Yes Minister, Hi-de-Hi (set in Maplins) and Magnum P.I. all aired for the first time.
The Nintendo "Game & Watch" was launched. It had a screen which could either show you a game, or a clock.
The Rubiks Cube was introduced to the shops. Even under a worst-case scenario, no Rubik's Cube is further than 20 moves from being solved.
Post-It Notes were officially sold for the first time. They were printed on some spare paper which happened to be yellow.
Radio Caroline, the pirate radio station, is forced to cease transmission when MV Mi Amigo, the ship on which it is based, runs aground and sinks off the Thames Estuary.
Pac-Man, the best-selling arcade game of all time, was released.
The Ford Escort and Austin Metro were launched.
Hercules - the famous bear which appeared on a number of TV programmes - went missing for a few days after filming a Kleenex advert in Scotland.
There was no chart between February and October due to a strike involving the Musician's Union.
Fax machines were made available on the market.
The sixpence coin is withdrawn from circulation in Britain.
Margaret Thatcher made her "this lady's not for turning" speech. It was in response to concerns that her policies were responsible for the recession - good for audio
The Sony Walkman was introduced to the market.
John Lennon was shot dead in New York. Thousands attended a 10-minute vigil in Liverpool.
Cable News Network (CNN) was the world's first 24-hour news channel.
Angie Bowie divorced David Bowie after 9 years of marriage.
It was the "Who shot J.R." episode of Dallas.
Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in the US presidential election.
The Olympic Games were held in Moscow.
The Irish children's show 'Anything Goes' made its debut.
The Bank of Ireland introduced the "pass machine", which was able to provide basic services - it was Ireland's first ATM.
Johnny Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with the song What's Another Year.
While these facts about 1980 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.
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