Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Happy Birthday To You....

Today is Katy's birthday. Here we are right after she was born in the recovery room. Instead of writing a bunch of mooshy stuff on this blog about her I thought I would just try to recall what 1980 was like. After realizing that this could take me all day and not wanting to rely too much on my memory, I decided to just copy and paste some highlights of 1980.

  • Who Shot JR? is talked about heavily from the TV show Dallas. On November 21, the conclusion draws more viewers than any other show in TV history up to that point.
  • Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR, The US boycotts
  • Post-It Notes are introduced by 3-M
  • The first all news service started by Turner Cable Network begins
  • John Lennon is assassinated by Mark David Chapman
  • Ronald Reagan is elected, defeating Jimmy Carter, and takes credit for freeing the Iranian hostages in his inaugural speech.
  • Poland has massive strikes, eventually the unions become legal, and censorship is lessened.
  • About 125,000 Cubans leave Cuba for America, most are criminals hand picked by Castro's men, only a few are relatives of those in America.
  • The US Supreme Court allows patents on living organisms.
  • Mt. Saint Helens erupts, killing 60 people.
  • CNN is launched as the first all news network
  • ABSCAM, FBI agents pose as rich Arabs and bribed politicians with cash for favors.
  • Richard Pryor gets badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.
  • Small pox is considered eradicated by the World Health Organization.
  • Sadam Hussein launches war against Iran for close to a decade over oil rights.
  • Japan passes the US as the largest automaker
  • Bill Gates licenses MS-DOS to IBM, makes next to nothing on the deal. The pair buys the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and uses it as a template. The money is made later from licensing it to third party clone makers.
  • SEPTEMBER 22, 1980 - Proctor and Gamble Co. announces a recall of its Rely brand tampons when federal studies conclude their use increases chances of toxic shock syndrome.
  • Genetic Engineering of insulin began clinical trials.
  • US suspend grain sales to the Soviet Union in respond to their support of the war in Afghanistan.
  • President Carter attempted a helicopter rescue of the hostages in Iran, failing miserably.
  • US hockey team beat Russia for the gold in the Winter Olympics.

US GDP (1998 dollars): $2,784.20 billion
Federal spending: $590.95 billion
Federal debt: $909.1 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):
Consumer Price Index: 82.4
Unemployment: 7.1%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15

Academy Award, Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer, Stanley R. Jaffe, producer (Columbia)

Grammys awarded in 1980
Record of the Year: "What a Fool Believes," Doobie Brothers
Album of the Year: 52nd Street, Billy Joel (Columbia)
Song of the Year: "What a Fool Believes," Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, songwriters

Miss America: Cheryl Prewitt (MS)

Even with all that was going on in the world during that year...nothing was more important to us than having Katy being a part of our world. Happy Birthday Katy! You will always be our little doll baby.


Poetikat said...

It was a good year! I loved the 52nd Street Album by Billy Joel.

Happy Birthday to Katy and congrats to you, Mom!


Sandy said...

love the photo of you two and the history of the year! that was a hurry so had to read through it quick, I'll come back and go more slowly....we're off for a bit.

Betty F said...

I loved your post! Happy birthday to your Katie! I remember all those things.. I've moved my blog to

BJ said...

How well I remember that year! I enjoyed reading your list. It was really fun.

The pic of you and Katy is just beautiful! No matter how old our kids are....they will always be our babies!

Happy Birthday Katy!

Renie Burghardt said...

Of course, the most important thing that happenned in 1980 was the birth of that sweet baby in your arms in this picture!

Happy Birthday, Katy! May your special dsy be filled with many blessings.

Birthday Hugs,


Gramma Ann said...

What a sweet picture of you and Katy. In Sept. 1980 I became a gramma for the first time. That was a very exciting year for you and the family. I read some of the things that happened in 1980, but I don't remember all the things that happened. I was still a busy mother and didn't follow what was happening in the world.

Rudee said...

What a lovely tour of 1980. Despite having inhaled somewhere in my very distant past, I remember much of that year, including conceiving my oldest daughter on December 4th. Who could forget that day? She was born in September, 1981. I watched a lot of TV that year including, Dallas and Dynasty.

A very Happy Birthday to your daughter.

Myra said...

Happy Birthday Katy! 8-)

Reader Wil said...

You have done a great job by looking up all those events. I really don't remember what happened in that year. Thanks for your visit.

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