This week on Throwback Thursday’s Art Rewind, Ovation features the beginning of the denim decade, 1981. Impress your friends with your trivia chops, relive your glory days, or just find out what the heck happened in the world of art in 1981. And tune in to Superman II starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, and Gene Hackman on Thursday, June 19th at 8 ET/5 PT.
And Now, Your 1981 Art Rewind…
1. Music Television, or MTV, goes on air with its first music video (back when they played those), Video Killed The Radio Star, by the Buggles.
2. Lady Diana and Price Charles get married in a lavish ceremony in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Her wedding dress is valued at £29,208 (as of 2014) and is made of silk taffeta, decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, 10,000 pearls, and boasts very VERY puffy sleeves.
3. Simon and Garfunkel reunite for a benefit concert in Central Park that draws 500,000 people.
4. Actress Natalie Wood drowns in mysterious circumstances. While on a weekend boat trip with her husband, Robert Wagner, and two others, Natalie disappeared and was later discovered drowned. There is no definitive conclusion as to exactly how she ended up in the water.
5. A design by architectural student Maya Lin is selected for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries. The minimalist, black v-shaped design sparked huge controversy.
6. Actress Michelle Dockery (of Downton Abbey) is born. Also born that year: future Mouseketeers, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
7. Composer Vangelis breaks with tradition in his score for the film Chariots of Fire by using a modern, electronic style for a period film. The main theme is now one of the best-known film themes of all time. Oh, and he won an Oscar for it too.