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This Week in the 80s — March 21 to 27

Here’s what you missed about 40 years ago…

March 21 – (1980) U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet–Afghan War.

The United States was one of more than 50 nations to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics, held in Moscow.

March 22 – (1982) Iron Maiden release The Number of the Beast, the critically acclaimed yet controversial album often hailed as Iron Maiden’s greatest. This was Iron Maiden’s first album to feature singer Bruce Dickinson and their first to hit number one in the UK charts.

March 23 – (1986) Happy Birthday to country singer Brett Eldredge.

March 24 – (1989) In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (38,000 m3) of crude oil after running aground.   And you thought the oil spots on your garage floor were bad….

The Exxon Valdez – before it was known for the worst environmental disaster in history.

March 25 – (1990) Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is arrested for allegedly exposing his buttocks during a performance in Augusta, Georgia.

March 26  -(1988) “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson from the Bad album tops the Billboard Hot 100. It’s the first time in history a solo artist has had four Number One singles from the same album

March 27  – (1981) Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a dove at a CBS record label gathering in Los Angeles.

Noted animal head biter Ozzy Osbourne (shown here snacking on a pre-corona virus bat).

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