Troy High School
Class of 1980

Remember These?

The year was 1980, and we had the world at our feet!

See how many of these things you remember -
and how many you have forgotten!


The Following Songs Topped The Billboard Charts:

Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

Call Me - Blondie

Funky Town - Lipps, Inc.

Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd

Working My Way Back To You - The Spinners

It's Still Rock-N-Roll To Me - Billy Joel

Fame - Irene Cara

Coming Up - Paul McCartney

All Out Of Love - Air Supply

On The Radio - Donna Summer

The Rose - Bette Midler

Whip It - Devo

Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones

Too Hot - Kool and the Gang

Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar

Fire Lake - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Longer - Dan Fogelberg

You May Be Right - Billy Joel

Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen

Take The Long Way Home - Supertramp

Ride Like The Wind - Christopher Cross



The Following News Stories Filled The Papers:

Six US embassy aides escape from Iran with Canadian help (Janaury 29)

The FBI's undercover operation "ABSCAM" (for Arab scam) implicates public officials (February 2)

US breaks diplomatic ties with Iran (April 7)

Eight US servicemen are killed and five are injured as helicopter and cargo plane collide in abortive desert raid to rescue the American hostages in Tehran (April 25)

Jacek Wszoka, of Poland, sets a new high jump world record at 7'-8"

US Supreme Court upholds limits on Federal aid for abortions (June 30)

Anastasio Somoza Debayle, ousted Nicaraguan ruler, and two aides are assassinated in Paraguayan capital of Asuncion (September 17)

Iraqi troops hold 90 square miles of Iran after invasion; 8-year Iran-Iraq war begins (September 19)

Former California Governor, Ronald Reagan, elected President of the United States. 
Former Texas Senator, George S. Bush, is Reagan's Vice President (November 4)

Three US nuns and a lay worker are found shot in El Salvador (December 4)

Former Beatles member, John Lennon, is murdered outside his apartment building in New York City.  Later, Mark Chapman is arrested for the murder.  (December 8)


The Year In Science:

Janice Brown, a 98-pound former teacher, makes the first long distance solar -powered flight in the Solar Challenger

Voyager I reaches Saturn, returning data on its 14 moons as well as its more than 1,000 rings

In Diamond Vs. Shakrabarty, the US Supreme Court rules that genetically engineered organisms may be patented.

Philadelphia's Wistar Institute develops a new, less painful rabies vaccine.


Our Nation:

President - James Earl Carter, Jr.

Vice-President - Walter F. Mondale

Population - 227,224,681


Economics & Prices:

House - $ 76,400

Car - $ 6,574

Milk - $ 1.60

Gas - $ 1.22

Bread - $ 0.51

Stamp - $ 0.15

Average Income - $ 23,974


Entertainment News

John Lennon of the Beatles is shot dead by Mark Chapman in New York City

Ted Turner launches CNN, the first all news network

Mark Morris establishes the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York and is widely received as the most promising modern dance choreographer of his generation.



Miss America - Cheryl Prewitt (Mississippi)

Grammy Awards - Record/Song of the Year - Sailing, Christopher Cross

Grammy Awards - Album of the Year - Christopher Cross, by Christopher Cross

Academy Awards - Best Picture - Ordinary People, directed by Ronald L. Schwary

Academy Awards - Best Actor - Robert De Niro in Raging Bull

Academy Awards - Best Actress - Sissy Spacek in Coal Minter's Daughter



Magnum PI


Charlie's Angels


Three's Company


Laverne & Shirley



WKRP In Cincinnati


Movies Released:

Raging Bull

Coal Miner's Daughter

Ordinary People

The Elephant Man

Private Benjamin


Nine to Five

The Empire Strikes Back


Top Books:

Rites of Passage - William Golding

A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole


Top Sports Stories:

Johnny Rutherford wins the Indianapolis 500 driving the Pennzoil Special

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl, 31-19

Denny Crum's Louisville Redbirds defeat the UCLA Bruins to win the NCAA basketball championship, 59-54

The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in 6 games to take the NBA Championship

The Kentucky Derby is won by Genuine Risk

The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Kansas City Royals in 6 games to win the World Series

The Georgia Bulldogs (12-0-0) win the NCAA football championship

Bjorn Borg and Evonne Cawley capture singles titles at Wimbledon

The New York Islanders defeat the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup in 6 games


Hot New Toys:

Magna Doodle

Big Boggle

See Wees

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls

Star Trek:  The Motion Picture Figures

Big Trak




John Lennon

William Douglas

Alfred Hitchcock

Erich Fromm

Jesse Owens

Mae West