What Happened in April 1980

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Baseball Players' Association votes to cancel 92 remaining exhibition games
  • Apr 1 Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
  • Apr 1 France performs nuclear test

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 1 Wayne Gretzky breaks Bobby Orr's record with 103rd assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 1 New York City's Transit Worker Union 100 begins a strike lasting 11 days.
  • Apr 2 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
  • Apr 3 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Apr 6 9th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 6 Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Apr 6 Post It Notes introduced

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 8 Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
  • Apr 9 Belgium's Marten's government resigns
  • Apr 9 Los Angeles Kings tie NHL record with two shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Islanders)
  • Apr 9 Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6
  • Apr 11 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 12 BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
  • Apr 12 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • Apr 12 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • Apr 12 Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'etat, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession.
  • Apr 12 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland.
  • Apr 13 Musical "Grease" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 3,388 performances
  • Apr 13 "Reggae" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 21 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 44th Masters Golf Tournament: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 275

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 13 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
  • Apr 13 US boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow
  • Apr 14 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 14 52nd Academy Awards: "Kramer vs Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner's Song)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer

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Apr 16 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Apr 16 Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
  • Apr 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 18 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
  • Apr 19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • Apr 20 Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
  • Apr 20 Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
  • Apr 20 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
  • Apr 21 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:12:11 and Jacqueline Gareau of Canada 1st woman in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified as women's champion for not running the entire course
  • Apr 21 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit Mich
  • Apr 23 Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
  • Apr 24 US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die
  • Apr 25 A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan
  • Apr 25 Announcement of US hostage rescue bungle in Iran
  • Apr 25 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
  • Apr 26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 26 Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy
  • Apr 26 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120 feet
  • Apr 26 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
  • Apr 27 Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 28 Cyrus Vance, Carter's US Secretary of State, resigns
  • Apr 28 Reunion Arena in Dallas opens
  • Apr 29 Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. is founded.
  • Apr 29 1980 NFL Draft: Billy Sims from University of Oklahoma first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Apr 30 "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • Apr 30 Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser" premieres in London
  • Apr 30 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
  • Apr 30 Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates; Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard becomes Queen

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Bryan Buffinton, Ridgewood NJ, actor (Bill Lewis Jr-Guiding Light)
  • Apr 1 Randy Orton, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 1 Bijou Phillips, American actress
  • Apr 1 Yūko Takeuchi, Japanese actress
  • Apr 2 Carlos Salcido, Mexican footballer
  • Apr 2 Adam Fleming, English news reporter
  • Apr 2 Ricky Hendrick, NASCAR driver and owner (d. 2004)
  • Apr 4 Björn Wirdheim, Swedish race car driver
  • Apr 4 Johnny Borrell, English singer (Razorlight)
  • Apr 4 Trevor Moore, American comedian
  • Apr 5 Matt Bonner, American basketball player
  • Apr 5 Lee Jae Won, South Korean actor, singer, and rapper
  • Apr 5 John McLaughlin, American television reporter
  • Apr 6 Matthew Thomas Carey, actor (Once You Meet a Stranger)
  • Apr 8 Manuel Ortega, Austrian singer
  • Apr 8 Katee Sackhoff, American actress
  • Apr 9 Kristin Lee, Bethesda Md, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
  • Apr 9 Jerko Leko, Croatian footballer
  • Apr 9 Yoanna House, American model
  • Apr 9 Clueso, German singer, rapper, songwriter and producer
  • Apr 10 Sean Avery, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 10 Charlie Hunnam, British actor
  • Apr 10 Kasey Kahne, American race-car driver
  • Apr 10 Bryce Soderberg, American musician
  • Apr 11 Keiji Tamada, Japanese footballer
  • Apr 11 Mark Teixeira, American baseball player
  • Apr 12 Brian McFadden, Irish Singer
  • Apr 12 Erik Mongrain, Canadian musician
  • Apr 13 Quentin Richardson, American basketball player
  • Apr 13 Colleen Clinkenbeard, American voice actress
  • Apr 14 Ben Wells, American actor
  • Apr 14 Win Butler, American/Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • Apr 15 Victor Núñez, Costa Rican footballer
  • Apr 15 Natalie Casey, British actress
  • Apr 15 James Foster, English cricketer
  • Apr 15 Raúl López, Spanish basketball player
  • Apr 15 Willie Mason, Australian Rugby League Player
  • Apr 15 Fränk Schleck, Luxembourgish cyclist
  • Apr 16 Jesse Tendler, actor (Nick-Ellen Burstyn Show), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Apr 16 Paul London, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 17 Crystal Carlson, Miss Maine Teen USA (1997)
  • Apr 17 Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer/boxer
  • Apr 17 Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
  • Apr 18 Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 19 Alexis Thorpe, American actress
  • Apr 20 Jasmin Wagner, German singer
  • Apr 21 Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian hockey player
  • Apr 21 Tony Romo, American football player
  • Apr 21 Jeff Keppinger, American baseball player
  • Apr 22 Aaron Metchnik, actor (Stephen-Torkelsons), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Apr 22 Monica Flammer, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Apr 22 Nicolas Douchez, French footballer
  • Apr 22 Courtney Friel, presenter of World Poker Tour
  • Apr 22 Carlos Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Apr 22 Aaron Michael Metchik, American actor
  • Apr 24 Fernando Arce, Mexican footballer
  • Apr 24 Austin Nichols, American actor
  • Apr 25 Alejandro Valverde, Spanish cyclist
  • Apr 25 Bruce Martin, New Zealand cricketer
  • Apr 25 Kazuhito Tadano, Japanese basaball player
  • Apr 26 Jordana Brewster, Panama, actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns)
  • Apr 26 Marnette Patterson, American actress (Nicole-Something So Right), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 26 Channing Tatum, American actor
  • Apr 27 Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Apr 27 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver
  • Apr 27 Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player
  • Apr 27 Talitha Cummins, Australian journalist
  • Apr 28 Josh Howard, American basketball player (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Apr 29 Mathieu Biron, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 29 Kian Egan, Irish singer (Westlife)
  • Apr 29 Kelly Shoppach, American baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Dick Howorth, cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), dies
  • Apr 3 Luella Gear, actress (Joe & Mabel), dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Red Sovine, American country music singer (b. 1917)
  • Apr 9 Kathleen Burke, American actress (Island of Lost Souls), dies at 66
  • Apr 10 Kay Medford, actress (Dean Martin Show, To Rome With Love), dies at 65
  • Apr 11 Charlotte Henry, dies
  • Apr 11 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), dies at 75
  • Apr 12 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • Apr 12 William R Tolbert Jr, Liberian President & 27 others killed in coup
  • Apr 12 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • Apr 13 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1956)
  • Apr 14 Tom Fadden, actor (Duffeild-Broken Arrow, Cimarron City), dies at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 15 Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher and writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

  • Apr 15 Marshall Reed, actor (Fred Asher-Lineup), dies at 62
  • Apr 15 Paul Langton, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Raymond Bailey, actor (Mr Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 75
  • Apr 19 Ethel Wilson, actress (Aunt Harriet-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • Apr 19 Tony Beckley, actor (Assault, When a Stranger Calls), dies at 51
  • Apr 21 Aleksandr Oparin, Russian biochemist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 21 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (b. 1928)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 22 Jane Froman, singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), dies at 72

Singer Jane Froman
Jane Froman
  • Apr 24 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Katia Mann, wife of German writer Thomas Mann (b. 1883)
  • Apr 26 Cicely Courtneidge, actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • Apr 28 Dee Carroll, [Betty Jean Marsh], actress (Mad Bomber, Split), dies
  • Apr 28 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 29 Alfred Hitchcock, English director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), dies of renal failure at 80

  • Apr 30 Mary McCarty, actress (French Line), dies
  • Apr 30 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)