1980 As the continued miniaturization continues new technology allows for new consumer products that could never have existed to appear including Domestic Camcorders and Fax Machines , One other notable is the release of the Pac-Man arcade game. Politics enters the Olympic games with the boycott by the US of the Moscow Olympics and War breaks out between Iraq and Iran. This was also a bad year for natural disasters including Mount St. Helens eruption on 27th March and a major heat wave in the US. Also the world tunes in to the answer of Who Shot JR? on the popular soap Dallas.

Cost of Living 1980

How Much things cost in 1980
Yearly Inflation Rate USA13.58%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 963
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 21.50%
Average Cost of new house $68,700
Median Price Of and Existing Home $62,200
Average Income per year $19,500.00
Average Monthly Rent $300.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas $1.19
Average cost new car $7,200.00
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 13,650
Gallon of Petrol 0.79
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 18%
Interest Rates Year End Bank of England 14.00%
More Examples
Ground Beef Lb $1.39.00
Pontiac Firebird $5,992.00
Men's Casual Shirt $14.00
Magnavox VHS Recorder $699.00
VHS Home Movie Camera $1,599.00
Tomi Cosmic Combat Electronic Game $28.99
Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head $4.77
LCD Pendant Watch $34.95
Mens 3 Piece Suit $89.95

Syracuse, New York
Ranch Home, 3 bedroom 1 and 1/2 bath 2 car garage , family room $40,500.00



What Events Happened in 1980

Iran
  • Start of Iran -- Iraq War
Rhodesia / Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe formerly Rhodesia gains independence
Rhodesia / Zimbabwe
  • Majority black rule in Zimbabwe
Poland
  • Solidarity Trade Union Formed in Poland and shipyard workers go on strike
Iran
  • Failed operation by US to free hostages in Iran
Palestine
  • Yassar Arafat is elected the President of the Palestinian National Council
U.S.
  • Ronald Reagan Elected President of the USA
United States
  • The Staggers Act deregulating the rail industry comes into effect.
More Information and Timeline for the Staggers Act
The Staggers Act of 1980 comes into effect in October of 1980. The Act allowed for the deregulation of the United States Rail Industry which had remained largely untouched since the 1887 Interstate Commerce Act that had been created with the purpose of regulating the booming rail industry and the monopolies that had been controlling the rails. The Staggers Act allowed carriers greater freedom in establishing rates as well as increasing the overall flexibility of the industry. The deregulation was thought of as necessary as the automobiles and trucking greatly overshadowed rail in the 20th century.

UK
  • Terrorists seize Iran embassy and hostages in London leading to the British SAS storming embassy and releasing hostages
Japan
  • Japan becomes the worlds largest auto producing country
Russia
  • US leads boycott of Moscow Olympics in protest at Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
Cuba
  • Mariel boat lift mass exodus of political refugees from Cuba to the United States
Gibralta
  • Spain and United Kingdom agree to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain, closed since 1969.
U.S.
  • Mount St. Helens erupts on May 18th in Washington killing 57
U.S.
  • Latest Cencus reveals US Population is 226,504,825
U.S.
  • Severe Summer Heat Wave in Southern US Causes 1,117 deaths in 20 States
Iran
  • Iran and Iraq begin a war that lasts 8 years
Australia
  • Mini Gold Rush in Australian outback after gold is discovered.
U.S.
  • US Passes "Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act" to tax high profits by oil companies
U.S.
  • The Killer Clown ( John Wayne Gacy Jr ) sentenced to death for the murder of 33 boys and young men.
U.S.
  • Former Beatle John Lennon is shot to death
Israel
  • Israel Replaces the Pound with a new currency the Shekel
U.S.
  • Fire Destroys the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas
Italy
  • Right wing terrorists explode a bomb at Bologna railway station, Italy killing over 70
Italy
  • 6.0 earthquake strikes southern Italy causing the death of more than 3,000 people


U.S.
  • Rioting Liberty City, Miami on on May 17th leaves 18 dead
U.S.
  • A severe and destructive thunderstorm strikes four counties in western   Wisconsin  
Jamaica
  • Hurricane Allen hits landfall on Haiti and Jamaica
UK
  • Alexander Kielland platform capsized in the North Sea with the loss of 123
U.S.
  • The Winter Olympic Games are held in Lake Placid, New York, United States



Technology

  • First available Domestic Camcorders available in Japan
  • First Available Fax Machines in Japan
  • 30% of US car sales are imports
  • In Mexico first ever natural birth in captivity of a Giant panda
  • Voyager 1 probe sends the first high resolution images of Saturn back to scientists and confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.
  • Release of Pac-Man arcade game
  • CNN becomes the first 24hrs News Station
  • Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard for Ethernet
  • 3M begins sales of it's latest product Post-It Notes invented by Arthor Fry and Spencer Silver


1980 Mens and Womens Fashion Clothes

Part of our Collection of Clothing From The1980's
Fashion Clothing From 1980


1980 Childrens Toys

Part of our toy collection From The1980's

Kids Toys From 80


Popular Culture 1980

  • Millions of viewers tune into the TV soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J.R. Ewing.
  • John Lennon is shot outside his New York apartment

Popular Films

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Superman II
  • Nine to Five
  • Raging Bull
  • Coal Miner's Daughter

Popular Musicians

  • ABBA
  • AC/DC
  • Adam and the Ants
  • Black Sabbath
  • Blondie with " Call Me "
  • David Bowie
  • The Cars
  • Eric Clapton
  • Alice Cooper
  • Elvis Costello
  • KC and The Sunshine Band
  • Michael Jackson
  • Queen with " Another One Bites the Dust "
  • Pink Floyd
  • Diana Ross " Upside Down "
  • Paul McCartney
  • Olivia Newton-John with " Magic "
  • Electric Light Orchestra
  • David Bowie
  • The Police

Born This Year 1980

Martina Hingis September 30th
Isaac Hanson November 17th
Jessica Simpson July 10th
Macaulay Culkin August 26th



1980 Calendar


Major World Political Leaders 1980

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser Brazil President João Figueiredo Canada Prime Minister Joe Clark till March 3,
Canada Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau from March 3,

China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Post Abolished

France President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

Germany Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
India Prime Minister Charan Singh To 14 January
India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi From 14 January
Italy Prime Minister Francesco Cossiga Till 18 October
Italy Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani From 18 October

Japan Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira Till 12 June
Japan Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki From 17 July

Mexico President José López Portillo Russia / Soviet Union
Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars Leonid Brezhnev South Africa Prime Minister Pieter Willem Botha United States President Jimmy Carter United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Political Elections 1980


Canadian Federal Election 1980 Pierre Trudeau ( Liberal ) defeats Joe Clark ( Progressive Conservatives )

United States Presidential Election 1980 Ronald Reagan (Republican) Defeats Jimmy Carter (Democratic) and John B. Anderson (no party) and Ed Clark (Libertarian)