CBS debuts 


In the final scene of the 1979-80 season J.R Ewing is shot twice, by an unseen assailant. For 8 months the country is captivated by Who Shot J.R.?? The Who Done It? episode the following year was, at the time, the highest rated television episode in U.S. history… watched by an estimated 83 million people…. more than the number of voters in that year’s presidential election.



was released and became the highest grossing film of the year



John Wayne wins his first and only Oscar for his portrayal of

one-eyed U.S. Marshal,

Rooster Cogburn

As Wayne accepted the award he said “Wow if I’d known this, I would have put that patch on

35 years earlier”



FOX TV introduces the world to

Al Bundy 


James Dean dies in car accident

A year later James Dean became the first official posthumous acting nomination in Academy Awards history for his role in East of Eden.


Hollywood Black Friday 

"Bloody Friday" 


a six-month strike by the set decorators  boiled over into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers' studios in Burbank, California.


Because of it’s violence, the film was banned in several countries.  The horror film became a cult classic. It was made for just $300,000 but grossed over $30 million dollars at the domestic box office. . It is credited with originating several elements common in the slasher genre, including the use of power tools as murder weapons and the characterization of the killer as a large, hulking, faceless figure... Leatherface.



Tobe Hooper’s

Texas Chainsaw Massacre premieres in Austin Texas


Steve Sabol was born, founder of NFL films

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, Sabol was also honored in 2003 with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for "revolutionizing the way America watches football and setting the standard in sports filmmaking."



Dr. No

The first James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Flemming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andres premeires in London. 



Malcolm X

Spike Lee’s film Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington was released. 

Washington received an Academy Award nomination for his role.


In 2010 Malcolm X was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry for its “cultural and historical” significance.


15 year-old Brooke Shields asked viewers “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins?                                                                             ....Nothing.”

CBS and ABC TV banned the Calvin Klein jeans ad because they said it implied Shields wasn’t wearing any underwear.



Drew Barrymore became the youngest person ever to host Saturday Night Live.

Barrymore who played “Gertie” in “ET” The Extra-Terrestrial,  was just 7 years old. 


The world was introduced to Sylvester Stallone as “Rocky Balboa”

Rocky was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won 3, including Best Picture and Best Director. 


Walt Disney released the animated short film “Steamboat Willie” 


It was the 3rd Mickey Mouse film, and the first with synchronized sound technology, which included character sounds and a musical score.


Walt Disney won an Honorary Academy Award in 1932 for his creation of Mickey Mouse.  


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