1980

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1980 was the 109th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.

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See also: List of homicides in 1980

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In 1980 the U.S. hockey team defeated the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics. The Voyager 1 probe confirmed the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn. The U.S. boycotted the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Mount St. Helens erupted, killing 57 and causing $3 billion in damage. The video arcade game Pac-Man debuted. Sony introduced the first consumer camcorder. CNN became the first all-news network. A heat wave struck the American midwest, killing 1,700 people. The comic strip Bloom County by Berk Breathed debuted. A then-record number of viewers tuned into the TV soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J.R. Ewing. A magnitude 7 earthquake in southern Italy killed approximately 4,800 people and left 300,000 homeless.

Notable 1980 births include Ben Savage, Jessica Simpson, and Venus Williams. Notable deaths in 1980 included Alfred Hitchcock, John Lennon, Mantovani, Steve McQueen, Jesse Owens, Colonel Sanders, Peter Sellers, and Mae West.

The top films were The Empire Strikes Back, 9 to 5, Stir Crazy, and Airplane!. Ordinary People was Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Top pop singles included Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall", Diana Ross' "Upside Down", Barbra Streisand's "Woman in Love", Lipps Inc's "Funkytown", and John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over".

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