Sunday, January 1, 2012

30 Year Anniversaries in 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!
I'm really looking forward to more fun on Rediscover The 80s and interacting with you in 2012! We've got some great stuff planned already like contests, podcasts, and more of the same content that we've been posting over the last several months.

It's hard to believe that 1982 was 30 years ago! Anyone feel old yet?
Let's take a look at some 30 year anniversaries from the 80s that will happen in 2012.

30 Year Anniversaries in 2012

EVENTS
  • Jan 9, 1982: The Commodore 64 8-bit home computer is introduced by Commodore International at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show.
  • Jan 13, 1982: Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90 crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78. On the same day, a Washington Metro train derails to the north, killing 3 (the system's first fatal accident).
  • Apr 6, 1982: A blizzard unprecedented in size for April dumps 1–2 feet of snow on the northeastern United States, closing schools and businesses, snarling traffic, and canceling several major league baseball games.
  • May 30, 1982: Cal Ripken, Jr. plays the first of what eventually becomes his record-breaking streak of 2,632 consecutive Major League Baseball games.
  • June 8, 1982: President Ronald Reagan becomes the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament.
  • July 11, 1982: Italy beats West Germany 3–1 to win the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.
  • Sept 21, 1982: The first International Day of Peace (United Nations)
  • Oct 1, 1982: In Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World opens the second largest theme park, EPCOT Center, to the public for the first time.
  • Oct 20, 1982: The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 6–3 in game 7 of the World Series.
  • Nov 13, 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.
  • Nov 20, 1982: University of California, Berkeley executes "The Play" in a college football game against Stanford. Completing a wacky 57-yard kickoff return that includes 5 laterals, Kevin Moen runs through Stanford band members who had prematurely come onto the field. His touchdown stands and California wins 25–20.
  • Dec 26, 1982: Time Magazine's Man of the Year is given for the first time to a non-human, the computer.
MUSIC
  • Jan 20, 1982: Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a live bat thrown at him during a performance in Des Moines, Iowa., thinking it was rubber.
  • Jan 21, 1982: B. B. King donates his personal record collection, which includes nearly 7,000 rare blues records, to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
  • Apr 15, 1982: Billy Joel is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Long Island, New York. Joel spends over a month in the hospital undergoing physical therapy for his hand.
  • Aug 6, 1982: Pink Floyd-The Wall, a live-action/animated musical film directed by Alan Parker and based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album The Wall, is released.
  • Aug 17, 1982: In Langenhagen near Hanover, Germany began the first mass production of the compact disc.
  • Oct 1, 1982: The first compact discs appear in music stores in Japan.
  • Oct 6, 1982: Madonna's debut single, "Everybody", is released on Sire Records.
  • Nov 30, 1982: Thriller is released by Michael Jackson and goes on to be greatest selling album of all time, with 110 million units sold worldwide. 
US top 40 hits of 1982 (Billboard hot 100)
  1. Physical – Olivia Newton-John
  2. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  3. I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  4. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder
  5. Centerfold – The J. Geils Band
  6. Don't You Want Me – The Human League
  7. Jack and Diane – John Cougar
  8. Hurts So Good – John Cougar
  9. Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band
  10. Hard to Say I'm Sorry – Chicago
MOVIES

  • June 11, 1982: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is released and becomes one of the highest grossing box-office successes until Jurassic Park in 1993.
  • June 23, 1982: During production of Twilight Zone: The Movie, 53-year-old American actor Vic Morrow and two child actors were accidentally killed during a scene involving an operated helicopter. The accident led to reforms in film-making safety and child-labor laws.
  • July 30, 1982: Michael Keaton appears in his first starring role along side Henry Winkler and Shelley Long in Night Shift.
  • Oct 8, 1982: Angelina Jolie, then six years old, makes her acting debut in Looking To Get Out by briefly appearing as Jon Voight character's daughter near the end of the movie.
  • Dec 8, 1982: Eddie Murphy makes his film debut in 48 Hrs., which he would later be nominated for a Golden Globe award.
Top Grossing Films of 1982
  1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  2. Tootsie
  3. An Officer and a Gentleman
  4. Rocky III
  5. Porky's
  6. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  7. 48 Hrs.
  8. Poltergeist
  9. The Best Little Whore House in Texas
  10. Annie
TELEVISION
  • Feb 1, 1982: Late Night with David Letterman debuts on NBC; Letterman's first guests are Bill Murray (who dances around to "Physical") and "Mr. Wizard" Don Herbert.
  • Feb 7-8, 1982: Superman: The Movie airs on American television for the first time, with ABC airing it over 2 nights.
  • May 2, 1982: The Weather Channel launches in the U.S.
  • Mar 5, 1982: Comedian John Belushi is found dead of an apparent drug overdose in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles.
  • July 29, 1982: Professional wrestler Jerry Lawler slaps actor Andy Kaufman in the face on Late Night with David Letterman; Kaufman responds by throwing coffee and shouting profanities at Lawler. The incident was later revealed to be staged.
  • Oct 22, 1982: Susan Stafford departs as Wheel of Fortune co-host to work on humanitarian work. Auditions take place for who will replace her, with Vanna White formally replacing Stafford on December 13; White continues on Wheel to this day.
Anne hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises
BIRTHS
These people turn 30 this year!!!
  • Kings of Leon member Caleb Followill (Jan 14) 
  • Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade (Jan 17)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (Mar 2)
  • Actress Jessica Biel (Mar 3)
  • Racecar driver Danica Patrick (Mar 25)
  • Actor Seth Rogen (Apr 15)
  • Pop singer Kelly Clarkson (Apr 24)
  • Actress Kirsten Dunst (Apr 30)
  • Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (May 22)
  • Country singer Leanne Rimes (Aug 28)
  • Tennis player Andy Roddick (Aug 30)
  • Rapper Lil Wayne (Sept 27)
  • Actress Anne Hathaway (Nov 12)
  • Actress Elisha Cuthbert (Dec 30)
DEATHS
Actor Henry Fonda in Grapes of Wrath
  • Actor John Belushi (Mar 5)
  • Actor Jack Webb (Apr 2)
  • Actor Hugh Beaumont (May 14)
  • Cleveland Indians pitcher Satchel Paige (June 8)
  • Actor Henry Fonda (Aug 12)
  • Actress Ingrid Bergman (Aug 29)
All facts courtesy Wikipedia