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Michelle was born 36 years ago today, on July 7, 1980!

  • The following songs were at the top of the charts:
    • Coming Up by Paul McCartney and Wings
    • The Rose by Bette Midler
    • Against the Wind by Bob Seger
    • He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
    • It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me by Billy Joel

  • From Monday July 7, 1980 to Thursday July 7, 2015 is 13149 days
  • Sandra Day O'Connor was the first female nominated to the Supreme Court
  • First solar-powered aircraft crosses English Channel
  • Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller Coaster for 368 hours
  • Larry Holmes TKOs Scott LeDoux in 7 rounds for heavyweight boxing title
  • Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe
  • The album Glass Houses by Billy Joel is in its 4th of 6 weeks at the top
  • Magna doodle was a hot toy
  • Make a Time Capsule for July 7, 1980

What has happened on July 7 in history?

  • Check out these links:
  • Who else was born on July 7 (very long list!)?
  • What happened in sports history on July 7?

  • It is the 188th day of the year.
  • There are 171 shopping days until Christmas.
  • It is Video Games Day and Chocolate Day!
  • In 1802, the first comic book, The Wasp, was published.
  • In 1852, Sherlock Holmes' sidekick, Dr. John H. Watson, is born on this day (according to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories.) Coincidentally, the author died on this day in England at the age of 71 in 1930.
  • In 1928, the first Chrysler, called the Plymouth, was unveiled to the public. It cost $670, and Amelia Earheart was hired to sit behind wheel. The publicity blitz brought 30,000 people to the Chicago Coliseum for a glimpse of the new car.
  • Also in 1928, sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company
  • In 1930, construction began on the Hoover Dam
  • In 1936, the NL won their first All Star Game vs the AL
  • In 1954, Memphis D.J. Dewey Phillips of WHBQ became the first D.J. to play an Elvis Presley record, "That's All Right (Mama)."
  • In 1986, the USA's biggest success at the Goodwill Games was Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She broke the heptathlon world record this day with 7,148 points at the event in Moscow. In 1998, Michelle won at the Goodwill Games
  • In 1994, "Les Miserables," opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo. Michelle skated to On My Own from the musical.
  • In 1995, the soundtrack for the movie Pocahontas was #2 on the Billboard album chart. Michelle skated to a few songs from the soundtrack for her Pocahontas program.
  • In 2000, Amazon.com announced that they had sold almost 400,000 copies of "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire," making it the biggest selling book in e-tailing history.
  • In 2007, the date 7-7-07 was considered so lucky that 31,000 U.S. couples got married - roughly three times the number of couples who married the year before on the first Saturday of July.

  • These songs were at the top of the charts:
    • 1948: Woody Woodpecker Song by The Kay Kaiser Orchestra
    • 1955: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets
    • 1956: Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
    • 1959: Lonely Boy by Paul Anka
    • 1963: Surf City by Jan and Dean
    • 1964: I Get Around by The Beach Boys
    • 1971: It's Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King
    • 1972: Song Sung Blue by Neil Diamond
    • 1979: Ring My Bell by Anita Ward
    • 1984: When Doves Cry by Prince (became the best selling single of the year)
    • 1988: If It Don’t Come Easy by Tanya Tucker

  • The following people also have birthdays today:
    • 1860: Gustav Mahler, music director of the New York Philharmonic.
    • 1861: Nettie Maria Stevens, scientist
    • 1899: George Cukor, director of My Fair Lady and The Philadelphia Story.
    • 1906: Baseball player Satchel Paige
    • 1907: Robert A. Heinlein, author who helped develop Science Fiction
    • 1911: Composer Gian Carlo Menotti
    • 1913: Blues musician Pinetop Perkins
    • 1915: Billie Holiday, jazz blues singer
    • 1922: French fashion designer Pierre Cardin
    • 1927: Musician-conductor Doc Severinsen
    • 1940: Rock star Ringo Starr
    • 1949: Actress Shelley Duvall
    • 1959: Actor Billy Campbell
    • 1963: Singer Vonda Shepard
    • 1965: Actress Paula Devicq
    • 1968: Actress Jorja Fox
    • 1969: Actress Amy Carlson
    • 1972: Basketball Player Lisa Leslie

What happened in 1980?

  • Who else was born in 1980?
  • What were the top 100 songs of 1980?
  • What happened at the 1980 Academy Awards®?
  • What happened at the 1980 Emmy Awards?
  • What else happened in 1980?

  • CNN is launched as the first all news network
  • Post-It Notes are introduced
  • A stamp in the US costs $0.15

  • Top grossing movies in the USA:
    • The Empire Strikes Back...$290,158,751
    • Superman II...$108,200,000
    • Nine to Five...$103,290,500
    • Stir Crazy...$101,300,000
    • Airplane!...$83,400,000

  • Movies that opened this year that matter to Michelle:
    Check out the Michelle's Program Information section for more info on both programs.
    • Lion of the Desert...Michelle skated to the song Lion of the Desert from this movie as part of her long program in the '96/'97 season.
    • Othello...Also in the '96/'97 season, Michelle's theme for her short program was Dream of Desdemona. Desdemona is a character from Othello

  • The Greatest Films of 1980
  • What other movies came out in 1980?

  • Top TV Shows for the 1980-81 season:
    1. Dallas
    2. 60 Minutes
    3. The Dukes of Hazzard
    4. Private Benjamin
    5. M*A*S*H
    6. The Love Boat
    7. The NBC Tuesday Night Movie
    8. House Calls
    9. The Jeffersons (tie)
      Little House On the Prarie (tie)

  • Sports Champions
    • Baseball: Philadelphia Phillies
    • Basketball: LA Lakers
    • Football: Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Hockey: New York Islanders
    • Figure Skating at the Olympics
      • Men: Robin Cousins
      • Ladies: Annett Poetzsch
      • Pairs: Irina Rodnina/Alexander Zaitsev
      • Dance: Natalia Linichuk/Gennadi Karponsov

  • Critically Acclaimed Books
    • Cosmos by Carl Sagan
    • Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
    • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    • Man in the Holocene by Max Frisch
    • Thy Neighbor's Wife by Gay Talese

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