At the arcade in 1981, Pac-Man was the new game of interest. MTV, the 24 hour music video channel debuted and the first video was the Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star". IBM started making personal computers. At the bookstore, Stephen King's "Cujo" was found on the shelf of new releases. "Entertainment Tonight" was new on television. Leg warmers were popular. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married in London with people watching around the world via satellite. At the Grammy's, hosted by John Denver, "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes won Record of the Year.
|*Physical-Olivia Newton-John||*My Heart-Ronnie Milsap|
|*Endless Love-Diana Ross & Lionel Richie||*Coward Of The County-Kenny Rogers|
|*Bette Davis Eyes-Kim Carnes||*I'll Be Coming Back For More-T.G Sheppard|
|*Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)-Christopher Cross||*My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys-Willie Nelson|
|*Kiss On My List-Hall & Oates||*Drivin' My Life Away-Eddie Rabbit|
|*Celebration-Kool & The Gang||*Tennessee River-Alabama|
|*9 To 5-Dolly Parton||*Stand By Me-Mickey Gilley|
|*I Love A Rainy Night-Eddie Rabbitt||*You Win Again-Charley Pride|
|*Rapture-Blondie||*He Stopped Loving Her Today-George Jones|
|*Morning Train (Nine to Five)-Sheena Easton||*Years-Barbara Mandrell|
|*Jessie's Girl-Rick Springfield||*Dancin' Cowboy-Bellamy Brothers|
|*Private Eyes-Hall & Oates||*Trying To Love Two Women-Oak Ridge Boys|
|*The One That You Love-Air Supply||*Gone Too Far-Eddie Rabbitt|
|*Keep On Loving You-R.E.O. Speedwagon||*Beneath Still Waters-Emmylou Harris|
|*The Tide Is High-Blondie||*Honky Tonk Blues-Charlie Pride|
Order Billboard Top Hits 1981
|*The Dukes Of Hazard||*Three's Company|
|*ABC Monday Night Movie||*Dallas|
|*Too Close For Comfort||*Joanie Loves Chachi|
*Arthur--Best Original Song, "Arthur's
Theme (The Best That You Can Do)"
*Friday the 13th, Part 2
*The God's Must Be Crazy
*Chariot's of Fire--Best Picture
*Raider's of the Lost Ark
*On Golden Pond--Best Actor, Henry Fonda;Best Actress, Katherine Hepburn
*Just moments after Jimmy Carter
relinquished the presidency to Ronald Reagan, American hostages were welcomed home after
444 days in captivity the American Embassy in Tehran.
*After addressing a labor convention, President Reagan was shot in the chest by would-be assassin, John Hinckley. The president recovered quickly, and the gunman was later declared insane and was hospitalized.
*Coloumbia, the world's first reusable spacecraft, dubbed the "space shuttle" completed it's first orbital flight.
*Sandra Day O'Conner was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
*President Reagan fired 12,000 federal air traffic controllers who were on strike for 3 days.
*At a military parade in Cairo, Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat was assassinated.
*A baffling new disease appeared, which was later called acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
*The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York
Yankees 4 games to 2.
*The Boston Celtics beat the Houston Rockets 4 games to 2.
*It was the New York Islanders over the Minnesota North Stars 4 games to 1.
*The 1982-83 football season ended with the San Francisco 49'ers on top of the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21.
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