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Feb 29, 1980: Buddy Holly’s Glasses, Lost Since His Death in 1959, are Found in Mason City, Iowa

When the Beechcraft Bonanza carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper crashed outside Clear Lake, Iowa, in the early morning hours of February 3, 1959, it struck the ground with such force that all three passengers were killed

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Feb 22, 1980: U.S. Hockey Team Makes Miracle on Ice

In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The

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Jan 5, 1980: The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” Sugarhill Gang Becomes Hip-Hop’s First Top 40 Hit

Hip hop’s roots as a musical phenomenon are subject to debate, but its roots as a commercial phenomenon are much clearer. They trace back directly to January 5, 1980, when the song “Rapper’s Delight” became the first hip hop single

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Dec 12, 1980: Da Vinci Notebook Sells for Over 5 Million

On this day in 1980, American oil tycoon Armand Hammer pays $5,126,000 at auction for a notebook containing writings by the legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci. The manuscript, written around 1508, was one of some 30 similar books da Vinci

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December 8, 1980: John Lennon Shot

John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, the rock group that transformed popular music in the 1960s, is shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building

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