What Happened in August 1980

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Gerd Wessig of East Germany set high jump record
  • Aug 1 Waldemar Cierpinski wins 19th olympics marathon (2:11:03
  • Aug 1 Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • Aug 2 Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed
  • Aug 2 US swimmers set 3 world records at National championships
  • Aug 3 22nd Olympic games close at Moscow, USSR
  • Aug 3 Kaline, Snider, Klein, & Tom Yawkey inducted into Hall of Fame
  • Aug 3 Sandra Post wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 4 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 4 Seattle Mariners replace manager Darrell Johnson with Maury Wills
  • Aug 5 Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager
  • Aug 5 NY Met Doug Flynn ties record of 3 triples in a game
  • Aug 6 University adm declares 5 Pac-10 schools ineligible for conference titles & post-season play due to transcript & curriculum abuses
  • Aug 7 Hurricane Allen ravages Caribisch area, about 70 killed
  • Aug 8 LBV Conference Center & Club Lake Villas open
  • Aug 9 Belgian constitution revised

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 10 62nd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 274 at Oak Hill NY

  • Aug 10 8th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Pat Bradley
  • Aug 10 Allen, most powerful hurricane in Caribbean hits Brownsville, Tx
  • Aug 11 Angola revises its constitution
  • Aug 11 Mohammed Ali Radjai appointed premier of Iran

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Yanks Reggie Jackson hits his 400th HR off Chicago's Britt Burns

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Aug 12 Signature of the Montevideo Treaty establishing the Latin American Integration Association.
  • Aug 13 Suriname president Johan Ferrier ousted
  • Aug 13 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 1.5k woman's record (3:52.47) in USSR

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Aug 14 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • Aug 16 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • Aug 16 Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
  • Aug 16 Jools Holland quits band Squeeze
  • Aug 17 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Aug 17 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Aug 17 Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history
  • Aug 18 KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400
  • Aug 19 George Brett ends hitting streak at 30
  • Aug 19 Saudi Arabian Lockhead Tristar crashes on landing at Riyadh, 301 die
  • Aug 19 Willy Russell's play "Educating Rita" premieres in London starring Julie Walters
  • Aug 20 NY Yankee Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, 2nd straight day
  • Aug 20 Pitts Omar Moreno steals record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season
  • Aug 20 Reinhold Messner of Italy is 1st to solo ascent Mt Everest
  • Aug 20 Cleve Dan Spillner, 545 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles
  • Aug 20 UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital
  • Aug 21 Linda Ronstadt opens in "Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway
  • Aug 22 Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale
  • Aug 22 Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes
  • Aug 23 Charlie Finley sells A's for $127M to Haas (owners of Levi Strauss)
  • Aug 24 Beth Daniel wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 24 Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion's musical "42nd Street" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 3486 performances
  • Aug 25 Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins arrested for possession of drugs
  • Aug 26 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • Aug 26 John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.
  • Aug 27 Chon Doo Hwan elected president of South Korea
  • Aug 28 37th Venice Film Festival: "Atlantic City" directed by Louis Malle and "Gloria" directed by John Cassavetes jointly awarded Golden Lion (first since 1968)
  • Aug 31 "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances
  • Aug 31 80th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Hal Sutton
  • Aug 31 Poland's Solidarity trade union federations forms and is offically recognised by the Polish government
  • Aug 31 The Gdańsk Agreement is signed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Mancini, Ipatinga, Brazilian footballer
  • Aug 2 Ivica Banović, Croatian footballer
  • Aug 2 Nadia Bjorlin, American actress
  • Aug 3 Brandan Schieppati, American singer (Bleeding Through)
  • Aug 3 Dominic Moore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 4 Dingdong Dantes, Filipino actor
  • Aug 4 Richard Dawson, English cricketer
  • Aug 5 Wayne Bridge, English footballer
  • Aug 5 Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer
  • Aug 5 Sophie Winkleman, English actress
  • Aug 5 Jason Čulina, Australian soccer player
  • Aug 6 Danny Collins, Welsh footballer
  • Aug 6 Wilber Pan, American/Taiwanese singer
  • Aug 7 Aurélie Claudel, French model
  • Aug 8 Mike Hindert, American musician
  • Aug 8 Pat Noonan, American footballer
  • Aug 8 Sabine Klaschka, German tennis player
  • Aug 8 Michael Urie, American actor and director
  • Aug 9 Ryu Seung-beom, South Korean actor
  • Aug 10 Kaysar Ridha, Iraqi-American reality TV contestant
  • Aug 11 Lee Suggs, American football player
  • Aug 12 Maggie Lawson, American actress
  • Aug 12 Matt Thiessen, Canadian/American musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 12 Dominique Swain, American actress
  • Aug 12 Jade Villalon, American singer/songwriter
  • Aug 14 Estrella Morente, Spanish flamenco singer
  • Aug 14 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Redwood City, California
  • Aug 15 Nathalie Press, English actress
  • Aug 16 Vanessa Carlton, American singer/songwriter
  • Aug 16 Robert "Bob" Hardy, English musician (Franz Ferdinand), born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
  • Aug 17 Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer
  • Aug 17 Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Aug 17 Shannon Lucio, American actress
  • Aug 17 Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer
  • Aug 18 Esteban Cambiasso, Argentine footballer, born in San Fernando Partido, Argentina
  • Aug 18 Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker, born in Preveza, Greece
  • Aug 18 Preeti Jhangiani, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • Aug 18 Rob Nguyen, Australian racing driver, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Aug 18 Jeremy Shockey, American football Tight End, born in Ada, Oklahoma
  • Aug 19 Paul Parry, Welsh footballer
  • Aug 19 Jun Jin, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)
  • Aug 19 Darius Danesh, Scottish singer-songwriter & actor
  • Aug 19 Michael Todd, American musician (Coheed and Cambria)
  • Aug 20 Corey Carrier, actor (Young Indiana Jones)
  • Aug 20 Rochelle Gadd, British actress
  • Aug 21 Paul Menard, American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Aug 21 Burney Lamar, American race car driver, born in West Sacramento, California
  • Aug 22 Roland Benschneider, German footballer, born in Neuruppin, Germany
  • Aug 22 Christi Shake, American model and actress, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 22 Nicolas Macrozonaris, French-Canadian track-and-field athlete, born in Laval, Canada
  • Aug 23 Denny Bautista, Dominican baseball player
  • Aug 23 Rex Grossman, American football player
  • Aug 24 Sonja Bennett, Canadian actress (Punch), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Aug 25 Neal Musser, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 26 Macaulay Culkin, American actor (Home Alone, My Girl, Richie Rich), born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 26 Brendan Harris, American baseball player
  • Aug 26 Chris Pine, American actor (Star Trek), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 27 Stephanie Michelle Steele, country singer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • Aug 27 Kyle Lowder, American actor
  • Aug 28 T.J. Beam, American baseball player
  • Aug 29 David Desrosiers, Canadian musician(Simple Plan)
  • Aug 29 Chris Simms, American football player
  • Aug 29 David West, American basketball player
  • Aug 29 Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong singer and actor
  • Aug 29 Mohammad Sheikh, Kenyan cricketer
  • Aug 31 Joe Budden, American rapper
  • Aug 31 Laura Mulleavy, American fashion designer (Rodarte), born in California

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 13 Actor James Woods (33) weds costume designer Kathryn Morrison


Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 1 Strother Martin, actor (Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

  • Aug 1 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Aug 2 Verdun John Scott, cricketer (ten Tests for NZ), dies
  • Aug 5 Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 6 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • Aug 8 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 8 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break sound barrier, dies at 74
  • Aug 8 Paul Triquet, French Canadian army officer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 9 Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83
  • Aug 9 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • Aug 9 P K "Perker" Lee, cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies
  • Aug 11 Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
  • Aug 14 Dorothy Stratten, Playmate, murdered by boyfriend Paul Snider
  • Aug 18 Norman Cazden, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 20 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91
  • Aug 20 Joe Dassin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • Aug 21 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (15 Tests as South African capt, won 7 lost 5), dies
  • Aug 22 James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer, dies of a stroke at 81 (b. 1899)
  • Aug 22 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (b. 1891)
  • Aug 23 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Yootha Joyce, British actress (b. 1927)
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 60
  • Aug 26 Miliza Korjus, actress (Great Waltz), dies at 71
  • Aug 26 Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • Aug 26 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
  • Aug 27 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • Aug 27 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (b. 1947)