Eyes Through Time – Great Western Road (1980) | on Film

Glasgow Eyes Magazine 

History/Film/Archive /1980

Old classic film footage from Glasgow as we bring you the eyes through time series.

How Glasgow looked on the Great Western Road from 1980 in this remarkable piece of film.

Below we also give you a trip down memory lane from this year, from some of the big stories of the time.

What happened in 1980

Major News Stories include John Lennon shot and killed in New York, Post-It Notes go on sale, Liberty City, Miami Rioting, MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas Destroyed with Fire, Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act passed. As the continued miniaturization continues new technology allows for new consumer products that could never have existed to appear including Domestic Camcorders and Fax Machines , One other notable is the release of the Pac-Man arcade game. Politics enters the Olympic games with the boycott by the US of the Moscow Olympics and War breaks out between Iraq and Iran. This was also a bad year for natural disasters including Mount St. Helens eruption on 27th March and a major heat wave in the US. Also the world tunes in to the answer of Who Shot JR? on the popular soap Dallas.

Popular Films

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Superman II
  • Nine to Five
  • Raging Bull
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter

Popular Musicians

  • ABBA
  • AC/DC
  • Adam and the Ants
  • Black Sabbath
  • Blondie with ” Call Me “
  • David Bowie
  • The Cars
  • Eric Clapton
  • Alice Cooper
  • Elvis Costello
  • KC and The Sunshine Band
  • Michael Jackson
  • Queen with ” Another One Bites the Dust “
  • Pink Floyd
  • Diana Ross ” Upside Down “
  • Paul McCartney
  • Olivia Newton-John with ” Magic “
  • Electric Light Orchestra
  • David Bowie
  • The Police


  • First available Domestic Camcorders available in Japan
  • First Available Fax Machines in Japan
  • 30% of US car sales are imports
  • In Mexico first ever natural birth in captivity of a Giant panda
  • Voyager 1 probe sends the first high resolution images of Saturn back to scientists and confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.
  • Release of Pac-Man arcade game
  • CNN becomes the first 24hrs News Station
  • Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard for Ethernet
  • 3M begins sales of it’s latest product Post-It Notes invented by Arthor Fry and Spencer Silver

Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser Brazil President João Figueiredo CanadaPrime Minister Joe Clark till March 3,
Canada Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau from March 3,

China Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Post Abolished 

France President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing 

Germany Chancellor Helmut Schmidt 
India Prime Minister Charan Singh To 14 January
India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi From 14 January
Italy Prime Minister Francesco Cossiga Till 18 October
Italy Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani From 18 October

Japan Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira Till 12 June
Japan Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki From 17 July

Mexico President José López Portillo Russia / Soviet Union 
Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars Leonid Brezhnev South AfricaPrime Minister Pieter Willem Botha United States President Jimmy Carter United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 


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