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Decades: 1981

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TOP SONGS
1. Bette Davis Eyes » Kim Carnes
2. Endless Love » Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
3. Lady » Kenny Rogers
4. (Just Like) Starting Over » John Lennon
5. Jessie’s Girl » Rick Springfield
6. Celebration » Kool & The Gang
7. Kiss On My List » Daryl Hall & John Oates
8. I Love A Rainy Night » Eddie Rabbitt
9. 9 To 5 » Dolly Parton
10. Keep On Loving You » REO Speedwagon

GRAMMY WINNERS
Album of the Year: Double Fantasy, John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Best New Artist: Sheena Easton
Best Pop Duo or Group: “Boy From New York City,” Manhattan Transfer
Best Pop Female Vocal: Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live On Broadway, Lena Horne
Best Pop Male Vocal: Breakin Away, Al Jarreau
Best Rock Duo or Group: “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” Police
Best Rock Female Vocal: Fire and Ice,” Pat Benatar
Best Rock Male Vocal: “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield
Record of the Year: “Bette Davis Eyes,” Kim Carnes
Song of the Year: “Bette Davis Eyes”

TOP MOVIES
1 Raiders of the Lost Ark Par. $209,562,121
2 On Golden Pond Uni. $119,285,432
3 Superman II WB $108,185,706
4 Arthur WB $95,461,682
5 Stripes Col. $85,297,000
6 The Cannonball Run Fox $72,179,579
7 Chariots of Fire Col. $58,972,904
8 For Your Eyes Only MGM $54,812,802
9 The Four Seasons Uni. $50,427,646
10 Time Bandits Emb $42,365,581

OTHER RELEASES
Body Heat / Ghost Story / Halloween II / Friday The 13th II / The Final Conflict: Omen III
Clash of the Titans / Absence Of Malice / Reds / Taps / Reds / Sharky’s Machine
Excalibur / History Of The World Part I / Bustin’ Loose / Endless Love / Thief
Thief / Neighbors / Modern Problems / An American Werewolf In London / Fort Apache, The Bronx

ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS
Winners in CAPS
Best Picture:
“CHARIOTS OF FIRE”, “Atlantic City”, “On Golden Pond”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Reds”
Actor:
HENRY FONDA in “On Golden Pond”, Warren Beatty in “Reds”, Burt Lancaster in “Atlantic City”, Dudley Moore in “Arthur”, Paul Newman in “Absence of Malice”
Actress:
KATHARINE HEPBURN in “On Golden Pond”, Diane Keaton in “Reds”, Marsha Mason in “Only When I Laugh”, Susan Sarandon in “Atlantic City”, Meryl Streep in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”
Supporting Actor:
JOHN GIELGUD in “Arthur”, James Coco in “Only When I Laugh”, Ian Holm in “Chariots of Fire”, Jack Nicholson in “Reds”, Howard E. Rollins, Jr. in “Ragtime”
Supporting Actress:
MAUREEN STAPLETON in “Reds”, Melinda Dillon in “Absence of Malice”, Jane Fonda in “On Golden Pond”, Joan Hackett in “Only When I Laugh”, Elizabeth McGovern in “Ragtime”
Director:
WARREN BEATTY for “Reds”, Hugh Hudson for “Chariots of Fire”, Louis Malle for “Atlantic City”, Mark Rydell for “On Golden Pond”, Steven Spielberg for “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

TV SHOWS
Dallas / 60 Minutes / Three’s Company / CBS NFL FootBall / The Jeffersons
Joanie Loves Chachi / The Dukes of Hazzard / Alice / The ABC Monday Night Movie
Too Close for Comfort / M*A*S*H / One Day at a Time / NFL Monday Night Football
Falcon Crest / Archie Bunker’s Place / The Love Boat / Hart to Hart
Trapper John M.D. / Diff’rent Strokes / Private Benjamin

EMMY AWARD WINNERS:
Best Drama – Hill Street Blues
Best Actor – Daniel J. Travanti, Hill Street Blues
Best Actress – Michael Learned, Nurse
Supporting Actor – Michael Conrad, Hill Street Blues
Supporting Actress – Nancy Marchand, Lou Grant

Best Comedy – Barney Miller
Best Actor – Alan Alda, M*A*S*H
Best Actress – Carol Kane, Taxi: “Simka Returns”
Supporting Actor – Christopher Lloyd, Taxi
Supporting Actress – Loretta Swit, M*A*S*H
Best Variety – Night of 100 Stars

SPORTS
Kentucky Derby Winner: Pleasant Colony – Trainer: J. Campo – Jockey: J. Velasquez

Football:
Superbowl XVI: San Francisco 26 – Cincinatti 21
Pro MVP: Ken Anderson, Cincinnati, QB

College Football: #1 Clemson
Heisman Trophy: Marcus Allen, USC, RB
Rose Bowl: Washington 28, Iowa 0
Orange Bowl: Clemson 22, Nebraska 15
Cotton Bowl: Texas 14, Alabama 12
Sugar Bowl: Pittsburgh 24, Georgia 20

Baskteball:
NBA Championship: Boston Celtics Vs. Houston Rockets
Winner: Boston. in 6
Boston Coach: Bill Fitch
Houston Coach: Del Harris
MVP: Julius Erving, Philadelphia, F Average Points Per Game: 24.6
NCAA National Champions: Indiana: 26W – 9L / Coach: Bobby Knight

World Series
L.A. Dodgers Vs. New York Yankees
Winner: L.A.in 6
L.A. Coach: Tommy La Sorda
New York Coach: Bob Lemon

National League
MVP: Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia (3B)
Rookie of the Year: Fernanda Valenzuela L.A. (P)

American League
MVP: Rollie Fingers, Mil. (P)
Rookie of the Year: Dave Righetti, NY (P)

TOP NEWS STORIES

WBMX PD Lee Michaels Helps Create The Hot Mix 5 And Launches Mix Shows on WBMX, One Of The Only In The Country

Ronald Reagan Inaugurated As 40th President

Iran Releases 52 Hostages

President Shot In Chest, Brady Suffers Head Wound

John Hinkley Captured, Charged With Attempted Assassination OF President Reagan

Israel Bombs Iraqi Nuclear Reactor

Walkway At Kansas City’s Hyatt Regency Collapses, 111 Die

Prince Charles And Lady Diana Spencer Marry

Reagan Fires Striking Air Controllers

Robert Crippen and John Young orbit earth 36 Times on Columbia

Reagan lifts grain embargo

Pope Paul II is wounded in assassination attempt

Sandra Day O’Conner become first Supreme Court Justice

A seven week baseball strike, longest in history causes a “split” season

John MacEnroe, The “Ugly America” wins his third straight Wimbledon

The largest merger in history occurred when DuPont aquires Conoco for 7.9 Billion

First test tube baby is born

MTV debuts.

A fury arises when it is revealed that the administration wanted to count ketchup as a vegetable in subsidized school lunches.

New games: Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac Man and Asteroids.

Nike ad: We have liftoff.

288K memory chip is launched from IBM

Quote: “Honey I forgot to duck.” – Ronald Reagan to Nancy after being shot.

Collectable cat books are big – Garfield, 101 Uses for a Dead Cat, Fat Cats

Walter Cronkite retires as CBS anchor and is replaced by Dan Rather.

Voyager 2 takes more than 1,800 photos of Saturn which temperature is -300 degrees farenhight and has 1,000 mph winds

The combination of Nancy Reagan’s elegance and Lady Di and Prince Charles’s wedding makes a return of opulent and royal styles.

NutraSweet is introduced.

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush

Population: 229,465,714
Life expectancy: 74.1 years

Dow-Jones
High: 1024
Low: 824

Federal spending: $678.25 billion
Federal debt: $994.8 billion
Inflation: 10.2%
Consumer Price Index: 90.9
Unemployment: 7.1%

Cost of a new home: $83,000.00
Cost of a new car: $
Median Household Income: $19,074.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15 (went to 18 cents in March and 20 cents in Nov.)
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $1.38
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.90
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $2.22

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