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  • Jun 1, 1980
    New York radio station WHN hosts Country Sunday at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Eddie Rabbitt, Waylon Jennings, The Oak Ridge Boys and Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band
    Jun 1, 1980
    Ted Turner's Cable News Network, CNN, makes its debut. The station appears in the lyrics of Mary Chapin Carpenter's 1994 hit "I Take My Chances," Alan Jackson's 2001 single "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" and Chris Janson's 2017 release "Fix A Drink"
    Jun 1, 1980
    Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested in Oklahoma City for failure to pay $450,000 after losing a 1978 lawsuit to a nightclub owner
    Jun 2, 1980
    MCA releases Barbara Mandrell's "Crackers"
    Jun 3, 1980
    Elektra releases Eddie Rabbitt's "Drivin' My Life Away"
    Jun 4, 1980
    Johnny Duncan and Janie Fricke re-record the Michael Jackson pop hit "He's Out Of My Life" as a country duet
    Jun 5, 1980
    The John Travolta movie "Urban Cowboy" premieres. It includes music by Kenny Rogers, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Anne Murray, The Eagles, The Charlie Daniels Band, Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and J.D. Souther
    Jun 5, 1980
    Hockey player Mike Fisher is born in Peterborough, Ontario. He is destined to become the husband of country singer Carrie Underwood
    Jun 5, 1980
    Schizophrenic drummer Jim Gordon, battling voices in his head, checks into a Los Angeles hospital after a day of heavy drinking. Gordon played on hits by Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings
    Jun 6, 1980
    Don Everly sings the national anthem at Greer Stadium in Nashville, where the Sounds baseball team smashes the Chattanooga Lookouts, 14-0

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