1980 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on April 27, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1980.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1980.

Quick History Facts From 1980

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from 1980? For openers, Ronald Reagan was elected President, Voyager I reached Saturn, gold reached a record high of $850 per ounce, and the Pittsburgh Steelers became the first NFL franchise to win four Super Bowls. The musical “42nd Street” opened on Broadway, “Kramer vs. Kramer” won five Oscars, the cost of a Super Bowl ad was $222,000, and wearing parachute pants and fingerless gloves was all the rage.

In 1980, ExxonMobil was America’s biggest company, the prime rate reached a record high of 21.50%, and the average cost of a new house was $68,700. Jacqueline Bisset and Richard Gere were heartthrobs, Sloppy Joes and pasta salad were crowd-pleasers, and ”couch potato” was slang for someone who watches TV all day while sitting on his couch or sofa. “Tubular” described something awesome, “take a chill pill” meant to calm down, and “What's your damage?" was another way of saying "What's your problem?"

Back in 1980, the 3D Rubik’s Cube became an icon, CNN began to broadcast 24-hour news, and life expectancy was 70 years. John Lennon was murdered in New York City, Saddam Hussein received the key to Detroit, and the 3M Company began selling Post-It Notes. Ground Beef was $1.39 a pound, the retail price for a gallon of milk averaged $2.16, and the first Whole Foods store opened in Austin, Texas.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed the Chrysler Loan Guarantee Act, the unemployment rate was between 7% and 8%, and America’s student loan debt crisis started. Michael and Jessica were top baby names, Cheryl Prewitt was crowned Miss America, and Gloria Gaynor won the Grammy for “Best Disco Recording.” The Dish Network was launched, "Pac-Man" was released, and the first Applebee’s restaurant opened in Atlanta.

On the international news stage, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared “holy war” against Iran, British steelworkers went on a national strike, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that smallpox has been eradicated, and the St. Gotthard Tunnel opened in Switzerland.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts and trivia from 1980. Find out fast about popular TV shows, movies, songs, books, foods, and other pop culture trends and quick history facts for your 1980s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Retail Prices in 1980

  2. History Facts from the USA and World

  3. Interesting Sports Trivia

  4. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  5. Bestselling Books

  6. Ten Most Popular Movies

  7. 1980/1981’s Most Popular Television Shows (according to Nielsen)

  8. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  9. Number One Music Hits for the Year

  10. Heartthrobs & Hunks

  11. Famous People Who Were Born in 1980

  12. Famous People Who Died in 1980

  13. Popular Foods & Beverages

  14. America’s Biggest Companies

  15. Retailers & Companies from 1980 That No Longer Exist

  16. Companies Established

Sloppy Joes were a crowd-pleaser in 1980.
Sloppy Joes were a crowd-pleaser in 1980.

1. Retail Prices in 1980

These history facts from the American retail industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Library in Whippany, NJ:

Automobiles (new)

  1. Buick Regal - $8,085.00
  2. Buick Grand Prix - $7,727.00
  3. Plymouth Volare - $5,888.00

Automobiles (used)

  1. 1975 Ford Pinto Squire - $1,995.00
  2. 1974 Chevy Malibu Classic - $1,575.00
  3. 1973 Pontiac Firebird - $2,495.00

Clothing

  1. Men’s cowboy boots - $29.99-$40.00 per pair
  2. Men’s Levi’s jeans - $13.30-$27.00 per pair
  3. Men’s Resillo neckties - $7.50-$15.00 each
  4. Men’s Hahn dress shirt - $13.50-$18.50 apiece
  5. Men’s worsted wool suit - $425.00 each
  6. Misses’ Mandee velour blouse - $8.99-$13.98 apiece
  7. Women’s full-length dress coat - $80.00-$220.00 each
  8. Women’s fake fur jacket - $39.99 apiece
  9. Women’s acrylic pants - $6.99-$9.99 per pair
  10. Women’s corduroy pants - $15.00-$23.00 per pair
  11. Women’s Oxford blouse - $11.00-$15.00 each

Food & beverages

  1. Apples (Red Delicious) - 59 cents per pound
  2. Bacon (Armour) - $1.39 per half pound
  3. Bananas (Dole) - Three pounds for $1.00
  4. Beef (top sirloin) - $2.79 per pound
  5. Bread (pumpernickel) - Two 16-ounce loaves for $1.00
  6. Butter (Land O’Lakes) - $1.99 per pound
  7. Cake mix (Betty Crocker) - 18.5-ounce box for 69 cents
  8. Cereal (Post Raisin Bran) - 20-ounce box for $1.19
  9. Cheese (Borden American singles) - $1.59 per one-pound package
  10. Cocoa (Nestle’s) - 14-ounce package for $1.59
  11. Coffee (8 O’Clock) - $1.99 per pound
  12. Cookies (Nabisco Nutter Butter) - 13.5-ounce package for 89 cents
  13. Crackers (Nabisco Ritz) - 16-ounce package for 99 cents
  14. Eggs (Cumberland Farms) - 83 cents per dozen
  15. Fish (Chicken of the Sea solid white tuna) - Seven-ounce can for 99 cents
  16. Fish (Gorton’s frozen fish sticks) - 12-ounce box for $1.69
  17. Flour (Pillsbury) - Five-pound bag for 89 cents
  18. Grapes (sweet Tokay) - 59 cents per pound
  19. Jelly (Smuckers) - Three-pound jar for 99 cents
  20. Juice (Minute Maid frozen orange) - Two-ounce can for 79 cents
  21. Ketchup (Heinz) - Two-pound bottle for 89 cents
  22. Margarine (Parkay) - 39 cents per pound
  23. Onions (yellow) - Five-pound bag for 79 cents
  24. Oranges (large Sunkist) - Eight for $1.00
  25. Pickles (Vlasic Polish Spears) - 24-ounce jar for 99 cents
  26. Pizza (Elio’s frozen) - 12-ounce package for 69 cents
  27. Potato chips (Lay’s) - 16-ounce bag for $1.49
  28. Potatoes (white) - Ten-pound bag for $1.49
  29. Salad dressing (Pfeiffer) - Eight-ounce bottle for 49 cents
  30. Soup (Nestle Souptime dry mix) - Four-pack for 49 cents
  31. Tea (Tetley) - 125-count package for $1.69
  32. Yogurt (La Yogurt) - Three six-ounce containers for $1.00

Furniture

  1. Bed (twin) - $169.88 each
  2. Bedroom set (maple, two pieces) - $229.00
  3. Chair (wicker “peacock” style) - $49.99-$79.99 each
  4. Dinette (modern, seven-piece) - $812.00 per set
  5. Dining room set (“Mediterranean” five-piece) - $399.99-$499.99
  6. Dresser (colonial-style, maple) - $159.99-$179.99 each
  7. Mattress (twin, firm) - $65.00 each
  8. Rug (Oriental design, 8′ x 12′) - $199.00-$399.00 each
  9. Sofa (contemporary) - $299.99-$449.99 each
  10. Table (Parson’s) - $75.00 each

Household & seasonal goods

  1. Blanket (electric, full-size, single-control) - $29.99-$50.00 each
  2. Carpet (Sears) - $9.99 per square yard
  3. Chrysanthemums - $1.89 per pot
  4. Clothes dryer (Kenmore, electric) - $229.00 each
  5. Coffee maker (Mr. Coffee, 12-cup) - $29.97-$39.95 each
  6. Detergent (Ajax) - $1.99 for a five-pound, four-ounce box
  7. Disinfectant spray (Lysol) - 18-ounce container for $1.99
  8. Fireplace logs (A&P brand) - Six-log case for $6.96
  9. Garage door opener - $159.95 each
  10. Laundry detergent (Tide) - 49-ounce box for $1.89
  11. Lawn tractor (10 HP) - $899.00 each
  12. Microwave oven (Sharp, 1.53 cubic feet) - $499.00-$575.00 each
  13. Rake (bamboo, 30″) - $4.99-$6.99 each
  14. Range (Kenmore, electric) - $299.95 each
  15. Refrigerator (Kenmore, 17 cubic feet) - $449.95-$639.95 each
  16. Sewing machine (Kenmore) - $159.95 each
  17. Toilet (water saver) - $49.99 each
  18. Towels (terry bath) - $2.99 each
  19. Vacuum cleaner (Hoover Deluxe Dial-a-Matic) - $89.99 each
  20. Washing machine (Kenmore, large capacity) - $289.00 each

Personal care & health

  1. Antacid (Maalox liquid) - $1.89 for a 12-ounce bottle
  2. Aspirin (Bayer) - $1.49 for a 100-count bottle
  3. Cold medicine (Contac) - 99 cents for an 18-count package
  4. Contact lenses (Bausch & Lomb, “Ultrathin Soflens”) - $39.00 per pair
  5. Curling iron (Gillette) - $7.99-$9.99 each
  6. Denture cleaner (Efferdent tablets) - $2.29 for a 96-count bottle
  7. Deodorant (Sure solid) - $1.79 for a two-ounce container
  8. Hair dryer (Sunbeam, 1200 watt) - $9.97-$12.99 each
  9. Mouthwash (Signal) - $1.00 for an 18-ounce bottle
  10. Shampoo (Faberge Organics) - 99 cents for a 15-ounce bottle
  11. Toilet paper (Charmin) - $1.09 for a four-roll package
  12. Toothbrush (Pepsodent) - 99 cents for three brushes
  13. Toothpaste (Aim) - $1.00 for a 6.4-ounce tube

Recreation & amusements

  1. Basketball - $9.99
  2. Basketball backboard - $29.99
  3. Bicycle (Saxon Gemini, 10 speed, 26″) - $69.99
  4. Game (Milton Bradley, Hangman) - $6.97
  5. Movie ticket - $1.25 each
  6. Record album (music) - $4.49 each
  7. Television (color, 19″) - $379.95
  8. Toy (Etch-a-Sketch) - $4.97 each
  9. Toy (Lego, Duplo Village) - $17.43-$21.79 each
  10. Toy (Rubik’s Cube puzzle) - $9.99 each
  11. Toy (Tonka truck, “Mighty Dump”) - $10.38-$12.97 each

In 1980, CNN began broadcasting 24-hour news.
In 1980, CNN began broadcasting 24-hour news.

2. History Facts From the USA and World

Domestic

  1. President Jimmy Carter signed the contentious Chrysler Loan Guarantee Act.

  2. Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States.

  3. In January, the U.S. entered the most significant recession since the Great Depression. The unemployment rate was between 7% and 8%, the inflation rate was 13.5%, and gold reached a record high of $850 per ounce. According to Berkeley.edu, “One of the causes of the early 1980s recession was the Iranian Revolution of 1979, which sparked a second large round of oil price increases. More important, however, were Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker’s efforts to tame inflation through restrictive monetary policy, which had the expected effect of dampening economic growth. The American economy experienced a modest recovery beginning in the summer of 1980 but declined again from July 1981 to November 1982.”

  4. On December 19, the prime rate reached a record high of 21.50%. (By contrast, the prime rate was 1.75% on December 1, 1947.)

  5. On the last day of trading for the year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 963.

  6. The average income was $19,500.00.

  7. The minimum wage was $3.10 per hour.

  8. The average cost of a new house was $68,700.00.

  9. The median price of an existing home was $62,200.00.

  10. The average monthly rent was $300.00.

  11. The average cost of a new car was $7,200.00.

  12. A gallon of gas cost $1.19.

  13. The U.S. men’s hockey team beat the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. (The Olympic Village at Lake Placid has since become a functioning prison.)

  14. The Pittsburgh Steelers became the first NFL franchise to win four Super Bowls.

  15. The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-1 in game six.

  16. The United States broke diplomatic ties with Iran.

  17. A massive heat wave in the United States wreaked havoc on the Midwest and Southern Plains and caused nearly $44 billion in agricultural damage.

  18. On March 1, snow fell in Florida.

  19. Hurricane Aline killed neatly 300 in Texas and the Caribbean.

  20. The New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot took place, killing 33 inmates and injuring more than 100.

  21. In May, Mount Saint Helens in Washington state erupted. TheAtlantic.com tells us that “On May 18, 1980, an earthquake struck below the north face of Mount St. Helens in Washington state, triggering the largest landslide in recorded history and a major volcanic eruption that scattered ash across a dozen states. The sudden lateral blast--heard hundreds of miles away--removed 1,300 feet off the top of the volcano, sending shockwaves and pyroclastic flows across the surrounding landscape, flattening forests, melting snow and ice, and generating massive mudflows.”

  22. In November, Voyager I reached Saturn and returned data on its 14 moons and over 1,000 rings.

  23. In October, the Staggers Rail Act was passed. According to ThePeopleHistory.com, “The Act allowed for the deregulation of the United States Rail Industry which had remained largely untouched since the 1887 Interstate Commerce Act that had been created with the purpose of regulating the booming rail industry and the monopolies that had been controlling the rails.”

International

  1. British steel workers went on a national strike.

  2. In September, Iraq invaded Iran in an attempt to gain control the Shatt al-Arab waterway.

  3. In November, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared “holy war” against Iran.

  4. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that smallpox has been eradicated worldwide.

  5. The Summer Olympics were held in Moscow. The United States led a boycott of the games to protest the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

  6. The Alexandra Palace in London was partially destroyed by fire. CinemaTreasures.org tells us that the fire “destroyed the Great Hall and other sections on the western side of the complex, but the theatre and BBC studios section were saved.”

  7. The St. Gotthard Tunnel opened in Switzerland and stretched from Goschenen to Airolo. At 10.14 miles, It was the world’s longest highway tunnel.

3. Interesting Sports Trivia

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  1. World Series Champions: Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Superbowl XIV Champions: Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Stanley Cup Champs: New York Islanders
  5. U.S. Open Golf: Jack Nicklaus
  6. U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies): John McEnroe/Chris Evert Lloyd
  7. Wimbledon (Men/Women): Bjorn Borg/Evonne Cawley
  8. NCAA Football Champions: Georgia
  9. NCAA Basketball Champions: Louisville
  10. Kentucky Derby: Genuine Risk

In 1980, the 3D Rubik’s Cube became an icon.
In 1980, the 3D Rubik’s Cube became an icon.

4. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. “Kramer vs. Kramer” won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Leading Actor (Dustin Hoffman), and Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep). The film received nine nominations.

  2. Gloria Gaynor won the Grammy for “Best Disco Recording.”

  3. The musical “42nd Street” opened on Broadway on August 25, 1980 and closed on January 8, 1989.

  4. The play “Amadeus” opened on Broadway on December 17, 1980 and closed on October 16, 1983.

  5. The musical Grease closed its run of 3,388 performances, making it the longest running Broadway show up until that time.

  6. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes back was the highest-grossing movie of the year, raking in over $290 million.

  7. The top song was “Lady” by Kenny Rogers.

  8. The soap opera "Love of Life" ended a 28-year run.

  9. Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle won top honors at the 15th Academy of Country Music Awards.

  10. American character actor Victor Sen Yung passed away. He was best known for his role as the cook Hop Sing on the TV show “Bonanza.”

  11. American cardiologist Herman Tarnower also died. He authored the bestselling book “The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet.”

  12. English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock and four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens both died.

  13. The Rubik’s Cube became an icon and retailed for $9.99. Jennifer Rosenberg tells us that “The Rubik's Cube is a cube-shaped puzzle that has nine, smaller squares on each side. When taken out of the box, each side of the cube has all the squares the same color. The goal of the puzzle is to return each side to a solid color after you have turned it a few times.” METV.com confirms that the Hungarian puzzle “was developed by Ernő Rubik in the mid-1970s and presented at toy fairs at the dawn of the decade. It would go on to become the best-selling toy of all time, shipping a third of a billion units.” The Rubik’s Cube was also the top-selling Christmas gift for 1980.

  14. Popular baby names were Michael, Christopher, Matthew, Joshua, Jessica, Jennifer, Amanda, and Ashley.

  15. Here are some examples of 1980s lingo: Barney (an unattractive male), dork (someone who is not cool), dude (someone who is cool), geek (a person who is not hip), killer (very cool), nerd (someone who is smart but socially unacceptable), preppie (a person who dresses in expensive clothes and acts snobbish toward others), and yuppie (a professional person who flaunts expensive possessions).

  16. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $222,000.

  17. The computer modem was invented.

  18. Colombia Data Products introduced the Commander 900 series PC.

  19. The first Tandy Color Computer entered the marketplace and was sold exclusively by Radio Shack.

  20. The programming language Fortran 77 was created.

  21. Computer companies Iomega, Microcom, Micro Solutions, Microtek, Quantum, The Learning Company, and Trigem were all founded in 1980.

  22. The Dish Network (also known as Dish) was launched by Charlie Ergen, Jim DeFranco, and Candy Ergen. According to ComputerHope.com, Dish is a subscription satellite services provider that provides satellite television, interactive television, Internet, and audio programming to over 14 million customers in the United States.

  23. Namco launched "Pac-Man," the best-selling video arcade game of all time.

  24. Time Magazine’s Man of the Year was Ronald Reagan.

  25. Cheryl Prewitt (Ackerman, MS) was crowned Miss America.

  26. Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein, and Tom Yawkey were inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.

  27. John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment in New York City by Mark David Chapman, a so-called fan.

  28. Saddam Hussein received the key to Detroit after he donated $450,000 to a church.

  29. CNN began broadcasting from Atlanta, Georgia. It was the first all-news channel in the United States and the first network in television history to broadcast 24-hour news.

  30. 3M Company began selling Post-It Notes. According to Wonderopolis.com, “No one set out to invent sticky notes. Instead, in 1968, Dr. Spencer Silver, a chemist at 3M Company, invented a unique, low-tack adhesive that would stick to things but also could be repositioned multiple times. He was trying to invent a super-strong adhesive, but he came up with a super-weak one instead.”

  31. Ground Beef was $1.39 a pound, a gallon of milk cost $2.16, a gallon of regular gas was $1.25, a Pontiac Firebird cost $5,992.00, and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head cost $4.77.

  32. Whole Foods was launched in Austin, Texas.

  33. Because of record high sugar prices, Coca-Cola began to substitute high fructose corn syrup for half of the sucrose that was used in Coca-Cola.

  34. On November 19, Bill and T.J. Palmer opened the first Applebee's restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.

  35. McDonald's began to test market Chicken McNuggets in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In 1980, "The Empire Strikes Back" was the most popular film.
In 1980, "The Empire Strikes Back" was the most popular film.

5. Bestselling Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of Goodreads.com.

  1. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

  2. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

  3. Congo by Michael Crichton

  4. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

  5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

  6. Firestarter by Stephen King

  7. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert

  8. Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut

  9. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

  10. Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz

  11. Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon

  12. Random Winds by Belva Plain

  13. Smiley’s People by John le Carre

  14. The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1) by Robert Ludlum

  15. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

  16. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1) by Jean Auel

  17. The Covenant by James A. Michener

  18. The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

  19. The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

  20. The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett

6. Ten Most Popular Movies

This information has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. The Empire Strikes Back

  2. 9 to 5

  3. Stir Crazy

  4. Airplane!

  5. Any Which Way You can

  6. Private Benjamin

  7. Coal Miner's Daughter

  8. Smokey and the Bandit II

  9. The Blue Lagoon

  10. The Blues Brothers

In November 1980, Bill and T.J. Palmer opened the first Applebee's restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.
In November 1980, Bill and T.J. Palmer opened the first Applebee's restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.

7. 1980/1981’s Most Popular Television Shows (according to Nielsen)

  1. Dallas (CBS)

  2. The Dukes of Hazzard (CBS)

  3. 60 Minutes (CBS)

  4. M*A*S*H (CBS)

  5. The Love Boat (ABC)

  6. The Jeffersons (CBS)

  7. Alice (CBS)

  8. House Calls (CBS)

  9. Three's Company (ABC)

  10. Little House on the Prairie (NBC)

8. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 1980 have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

Air Supply, Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Blondie, Boz Scaggs, The Brothers Johnson, Christopher Cross, Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Dr. Hook, Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), George Benson, Jermaine Jackson, John Lennon, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, Kool & the Gang, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Olivia Newton-John, Prince, Queen, Shalamar, The Spinners, S.O.S. Band, Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass, and The Whispers.

9. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • December 22, 1979 - January 4, 1980: Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Piña Colada Song)
  • January 5 - January 18: KC and the Sunshine Band - Please Don't Go
  • January 19 - February 15: Michael Jackson - Rock with You
  • February 16 - February 22: Captain & Tennille - Do That to Me One More Time
  • February 23 - March 21: Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • March 22 - April 18: Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall
  • April 19 - May 30: Blondie - Call Me
  • May 31 - June 27: Lipps Inc. - Funkytown
  • June 28 - July 18: Paul McCartney - Coming Up
  • July 19 - August 1: Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
  • August 2 - August 29: Olivia Newton-John - Magic
  • August 30 - September 5: Christopher Cross - Sailing
  • September 6 - October 3: Diana Ross - Upside Down
  • October 4 - October 24: Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
  • October 25 - November 14: Barbra Streisand - Woman in Love
  • November 15 - December 26: Kenny Rogers - Lady
  • December 27, 1980 - January 30, 1981: John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over

In 1980, "Dallas" was the most popular television show.
In 1980, "Dallas" was the most popular television show.

10. Heartthrobs & Hunks

This celebrity trivia has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

Heartthrobs included Loni Anderson, Susan Anton, Kim Basinger, Valerie Bertinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Lynda Carter, Lydia Cornell, Bo Derek, Morgan Fairchild, Farrah Fawcett, Jane Fonda, Erin Gray, Debbie Harry, Goldie Hawn, Marilu Henner, Lauren Hutton, Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Victoria Principal, Tanya Roberts, Diana Ross, Jane Seymour, Brooke Shields, Jacquelyn Smith, Suzanne Somers, Donna Summer, Cheryl Tiegs, and Charlene Tilton.

Hunks included Richard Gere, Christopher Reeve, Burt Reynolds, and John Travolta.

11. Famous People Who Were Born in 1980

  1. Abby Wambach - soccer player

  2. Christina Aguilera - pop singer

  3. Jessica Simpson - pop singer

  4. Kim Kardashian - reality star

  5. Matt Yoakum - YouTube star

  6. Mikey Way - bassist

  7. Nick Cannon - TV actor

  8. Terra Jole - reality star

  9. Tony Romo - football player

  10. Venus Williams - tennis player

12. Famous People Who Died in 1980

This information has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. Arthur Nielsen - American market analyst

  2. Colonel Harland Sanders - American founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken

  3. Dorothy Day - American journalist and social activist

  4. George Tobias - Actor

  5. Hans Asperger - Austrian pediatrician for whom a from of autism is named

  6. Jean-Paul Sartre - French existentialist philosopher and writer

  7. Jerry Fielding - Composer

  8. Jesse Owens - American athlete

  9. John Lennon - British musician, pop star, and member of The Beatles

  10. Lillian Roth - Actress

  11. Mae West - Actress

  12. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - Last Shah of Iran

  13. Otto Frank - Father of Anne Frank

  14. Peter Sellers - English actor and comedian

  15. Steve McQueen - American actor

  16. Strother Martin - American actor

  17. Willie Sutton - American bank robber

In 1980, Namco launched "Pac-Man," the best-selling video arcade game of all time.
In 1980, Namco launched "Pac-Man," the best-selling video arcade game of all time.

13. Popular Foods & Beverages

These fun facts and trivia from 1980 have been made available courtesy of TheKitchn.com.

  1. California raisins
  2. Capri Sun
  3. Cool Ranch Doritos
  4. Equal
  5. Frozen yogurt
  6. Fruit Roll-Ups
  7. Fruit by the Foot
  8. Gushers
  9. Jawbreakers
  10. Jello Pudding Pops
  11. Lean Cuisine
  12. Orange Julius
  13. Pesto on everything
  14. Potato skins
  15. Ranch dressing dip
  16. Sloppy Joes
  17. Sushi
  18. Tab
  19. Tri-color pasta salad
  20. Wine coolers

14. America’s Biggest Companies

  1. Exxon Mobil

  2. General Motors

  3. Mobil

  4. Ford Motor

  5. Texaco

  6. ChevronTexaco

  7. Gulf Oil

  8. IBM

  9. General Electric

  10. Amoco

  11. ITT Industries

  12. Atlantic Richfield

  13. Shell Oil

  14. U.S. Steel

  15. Conoco

  16. DuPont

  17. Chrysler

  18. Tenneco Automotive

  19. AT&T Technologies

  20. Sunoco

  21. Occidental Petroleum

  22. ConocoPhillips

  23. Procter & Gamble

  24. Dow Chemical

  25. Union Carbide

15. Retailers & Companies from 1980 That No Longer Exist

  1. Arthur Andersen

  2. Borders

  3. Circuit City

  4. E.F. Hutton

  5. Eastern Airlines

  6. General Foods Corporation

  7. PaineWebber

  8. Pan Am

  9. Polaroid

  10. Ritz Camera Centers

  11. TWA

  12. Texaco

  13. The Sharper Image

  14. Tower Records

  15. Woolworth’s

16. Companies Established

  1. Applebee’s International, Inc.

  2. CNN

  3. Fuddruckers

  4. Grant Thornton International

  5. Herbalife

  6. HobbyTown USA

  7. Mail Boxes Etc.

  8. Scottrade

  9. The Learning Annex

  10. Valu-mart

In 1980, the Pittsburgh Steelers became the first NFL franchise to win four Super Bowls.
In 1980, the Pittsburgh Steelers became the first NFL franchise to win four Super Bowls.

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor

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