30 Big Links of 1980
Jimmy Carter, U.S President. A first ever 24-hour all news network CNN launched by Ted Turner. Gordie Howe, professional hockey player, retired after 32 seasons. New York Islanders won their first Stanley cup. University of Michigan lost to North Carolina at the Gator Bowl 15 to 17. Consumers first saw cordless phones on the market. 3M's post-it notes sold nationwide. The Olsen brothers manufactured the first Rollerblades in their parents’ basement in Minnesota. WordPerfect, a word processing application, being sold by Satellite Systems International (SSI). John Lennon, former Beatles rock star, shot and killed outside his apartment in Manhattan. George Nichopoulos indicted for over-prescribing drugs for Elvis Presley. Ronald Reagan elected 40th president on November 4. Mt. St. Helens, a volcano located in southwestern Washington, erupted on May 18. Candice Lightner of Texas founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) after her 13-year-old daughter was killed. World Health Organization announced the worldwide eradication of smallpox. U.S. led a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Iran Hostage Crisis took place and on April 25th 8 U.S. servicemen were killed and 5 injured in an abortive desert raid to rescue American hostages in Tehran. Atari video computer system. Evita named the best musical at the Tony Awards. Top grossing film: The Empire Strikes Back. TV shows: Too Close for Comfort, Bosom Buddies, Magnum, P.I. The " Who Shot J.R?" episode of prime-time soap Dallas drew 83 million viewers. Best selling album: The Wall by Pink Floyd. Bestselleing Books: Carl Sagan, Cosmos; Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity.