What Happened in July 1980

Historical Events

  • 1st Steve Overt runs world record 3:48.8 mile in Oslo
  • 1st 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • 2nd Grateful Dead's Bob Weir & Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
  • 2nd Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
  • 2nd Comedy film "Airplane!" written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty premieres
  • 3rd 1st U.S. Senior Golf Open: Roberto deVicenzo
  • 3rd 73,096 in Cleveland watch Indians beat Yankees 7-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

4th Nolan Ryan is 4th to strikeout 3,000

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardTennis Open

5th 87th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats Chris Evert (61 76)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

5th 94th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats John McEnroe (16 75 63 67 86)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 6th Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 6th France performs nuclear test
  • 6th Steve Carlton (14-4) pitches most strikeouts by a lefty (2,836)
  • 7th Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

7th Larry Holmes TKOs Scott LeDoux in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 7th Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe
  • 7th Jineane Ford, (AZ) replaces S Weatherly (Miss Univ) as 29th Miss USA
  • 7th Institution of sharia in Iran.
  • 7th The Safra massacre in Lebanon.
  • 8th 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • 8th All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

9th 7 die in a stampede to see Pope John Paul II in Brazil

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 9th Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten sentenced to 10 years
  • 9th Walt Disney's "Fox & The Hound" released
  • 10th Willie Jones hospitalized for heat stroke with record 46.5°C temp
  • 10th Alexandra Palace burnt down for a second time.
  • 11th American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness
  • 13th 35th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • 13th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

15th Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 16th Polish railway workers block railway to Russia

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

16th Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 17th Bolivian military coup; general Garcia Meza becomes president
  • 17th Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president
  • 17th Zenko Suzuki becomes premier of Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

18th Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • 18th Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France
  • 18th Federal court voids Selective Service Act as it doesn't include women
  • 18th Quett Masire installed as president of Botswana
  • 18th Rohini 1, 1st Indian satellite, launches into orbit
  • 19th 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US & others boycott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

19th David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 19th USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application

Sport awardGolf Major

20th 109th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 271 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 20th Pat Bradley wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 20th 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands
  • 21st Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins
  • 23rd Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

23rd River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 23rd Soyuz 37 ferries 2 cosmonauts (1 Vietnamese) to Salyut 6
  • 25th Train crash at Winsum, 9 die
  • 25th US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 27th Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • 27th Sally Little wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic
  • 28th Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaúnde Terry becomes president
  • 30th Houston Astro pitcher J R Richard suffers a stroke
  • 30th Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • 30th 13th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • 31st John Phillips of Mamas & Papas is arrested on drug charges
  • 31st Rangers snap Orioles pitcher Steve Stone's 14-game winning streak
  • 31st Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
  • 31st USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Patrick Aufiero, American hockey player
  • 2nd Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • 3rd Roland Mark Schoeman, South African swimmer
  • 3rd Kevin Boyle, American basketballer
  • 4th Muhammad Ali Hasan, American filmmaker
  • 4th Max Elliott Slade, American film actor
  • 5th Eva Green, French actress
  • 5th Jason Wade, American musician (Lifehouse)
  • 5th David Rozehnal, Czech footballer
  • 6th Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player
  • 7th Michele Kwan, Torrance California, figure skater (Oly-94, Oly-silver-98)
  • 7th John Buck, American baseball player
  • 7th Deidre Downs, American beauty queen
  • 7th Kaisa Jouhki, Finnish vocalist (Battlelore)
  • 7th Dan Whitesides, American drummer (The Used)
  • 8th Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
  • 10th Thomas Ian Nicholas, actor (Radio Flyer, Rookie of the Year)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

10th Jessica Simpson, American singer and popstar ("I Wanna Love You Forever" "I Think I'm In Love" and "Where You Are"), born in Abilene, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • 10th Alejandro Millán, Mexican singer and songwriter
  • 10th Adam Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
  • 11th T.J. Wilson, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 12th Tina Tharp, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 12th Johanna Klum, German TV presenter
  • 13th Lori Fredrickson, Aurora Ill, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
  • 14th George Smith, Australian Rugby player
  • 15th Jonathan Cheechoo, professional ice hockey player
  • 15th Reggie Abercrombie, professional baseball player
  • 15th Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
  • 16th Adam Scott, Australian golfer
  • 17th Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer
  • 17th Ryan Miller, American hockey player
  • 18th Kristen Bell, American actress
  • 18th Ryoko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer
  • 19th Giorgio Mondini, Italian racing driver
  • 19th Xavier Malisse, Belgian tennis player
  • 19th Mark Webber, American actor
  • 20th Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian model
  • 20th Mike Kennerty, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
  • 21st Tailor James, Canadian model
  • 21st CC Sabathia, American baseball player
  • 22nd Scott Dixon, New Zealand racing driver
  • 22nd Dirk Kuyt, Dutch footballer
  • 22nd Kate Ryan, Belgian singer
  • 22nd Tablo, Korean hip-hop musician (Epik High)
  • 23rd Michelle Williams, American singer (Destiny's Child)
  • 24th Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner
  • 25th Toni Vilander, Finnish racing driver
  • 25th Diam's, French rapper
  • 25th Shawn Riggans, American baseball player
  • 26th Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41)
  • 26th Lee Dong-gun, South Korean actor
  • 27th Allan Davis, Australian cyclist
  • 27th Nick Nemeth, American professional wrestler
  • 28th Stephen Christian, American singer (Anberlin)
  • 29th Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player (Los Angeles Angels), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 29th Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
  • 29th Rachel Miner, American actress
  • 30th Sara Anzanello, Italian volleyball player
  • 30th Chuck Thomas, British TV producer / presenter
  • 30th James Anderson, English cricketer
  • 30th Justin Rose, English golfer (2013 U.S. Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 31st Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

5th Actress Raquel Welch (39) weds producer André Weinfeld

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch

HeartWedding of Interest

11th Actor Michael Biehn (23) weds actress Carlene Olson (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

12th US Senator Elizabeth Warren (31) weds law professor Bruce Mann

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren

HeartWedding of Interest

16th Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (31) weds award winning arranger Bruce Sudano (31) in Los Angeles, California

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

HeartWedding of Interest

24th Tennis star Bjorn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

31st Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Charles Percy Snow, British writer (Friends & Associates), dies at 75
  • 4th Maurice Grevisse, Belgian grammarian (b. 1895)
  • 5th Archibald James Potter, composer, dies at 61
  • 6th Gail Patrick, actress (My Man Godfrey), dies of leukemia at 69
  • 7th Reginald Gardiner, actor (Great Dictator), dies at 77
  • 9th Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • 11th Boleslaw Woytowicz, composer, dies at 80
  • 11th Peggy Knudson, actress (April-So This is Hollywood), dies at 57
  • 12th John W Davis, Pres (WV State college), dies at 92
  • 13th Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (1966-80), dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • 15th Eddie Jackson, comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 84
  • 15th Henri Martelli, composer, dies at 85
  • 17th Donald Barry, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak), dies at 68
  • 17th Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
  • 18th Naoomal Jeoomal, cricketer (3 Tests for India 1932-34, 108 runs), dies
  • 22nd Fred Kaps [Abram PA Bongers], magician (world champ 1955), dies at 54
  • 23rd Sarto Fournier, Mayor of Montreal (b. 1908)
  • 23rd Mollie Steimer, anarchist agitator and American political prisoner (b. 1897)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

24th Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Pink Panther), dies at 54

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • 24th Uttam Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1926)
  • 25th Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • 26th Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang) dies at 59
  • 26th Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (b. 1928)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

27th Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 28th Cecil Burleigh, composer, dies at 95
  • 29th Jan Tausinger, composer, dies at 58
  • 30th Charles McGraw, actor (Michael-Falcon, Smith Family), dies at 66
  • 30th Norman Lloyd, composer, dies at 70
  • 31st Bobby Van, actor/TV host (Make Me Laugh), dies of cancer at 49
  • 31st Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)