What Happened on April 12, 1980

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
  • Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'etat, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession.
  • Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland.
  • US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian McFadden, Irish Singer
  • Erik Mongrain, Canadian musician

Famous Deaths

  • Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • William R Tolbert Jr, Liberian President & 27 others killed in coup