THE LAST TIME WE SAW AN ECLIPSE THIS BIG...METRO RAIL CONSTRUCTION WAS JUST STARTING!

August 21, 2017

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February 26, 1979 was the last time America saw a solar eclipse like the one they will see today. Was was BIG back then?

  • Construction of the Buffalo Metro Rail started later that year
  • The Bills had come off a 5-11 Season under Coach Chuck Knox
  • The Sabres were in the midst of an 88 pt season which would end up with a shocking opening round playoff loss to the Penguins. 2 games to 1, including an overtime goal by George Ferguson to beat the Sabres in Memorial Auditorium.
  • Michael Jackson released his Off the Wall album
  • ESPN launched
  • The Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurred
  • 63 Americans were taken hostage in the American Embassy in Tehran
  • Sony introduced the Walkman
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl by beating the Dallas Cowboys
  • YMCA sued the Village People for libel because they recorded the song "YMCA"
  • the first bungee jump occurred

Biggest movies of the year: 

Superman The Movie
Rocky II
Alien
The Amityville Horror
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Moonraker
The Muppet Movie

Biggest TV shows of the year:

All My Children
Masterpiece Theatre
M*A*S*H
The Price Is Right
The Waltons
Happy Days
Little House on the Prairie
Saturday Night Live
Charlie's Angels
Family Feud
The Love Boat
Three's Company
Dallas
Diff'rent Strokes
Mork and Mindy
Taxi

Biggest singers of the year

Bee Gees
Rod Stewart
Gloria Gaynor
Blondie
Donna Summer
Michael Jackson
The Eagles
Pink Floyd
The Police
Village People