Current events from the year 1980  

  • "Blues Brothers" movie with Dan Akroyd & John Belushi opens
  • Robert Redford directorial debut, "Ordinary People"
  • Top songs in 1980: Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen; Call Me by Blondie; Rock with You by Michael Jackson; Starting Over by John Lennon
  • On Television in 1980: Archie Bunker's Place; The Facts of Life; Dallas
  • Born:  Chelsea Clinton, Christina Aguilera, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Venus Williams
  • John Lennon is shot (1948), John Bonham (of Led Zeppelin) dies
  • Nigel Short, the youngest chess player (14 yrs) awarded the degree of International Master
  • Cost of a loaf of bread: $0.51/loaf
  • world population:  4,434,682,000