What Happened in June 1980

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network
  • Jun 1 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 1 Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in Calif

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jun 1 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championshipship
  • Jun 1 Steve Garvey, hits the 7,000th Dodger home run
  • Jun 2 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 performances
  • Jun 3 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 3 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35
  • Jun 3 ESPN begins televising college world series games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 3 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 3 NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Jun 5 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 7 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" closes at Morosco NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 7 "Cars" by Gary Numan hits #9
  • Jun 7 112th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Temperence Hill wins in 2:29.8
  • Jun 7 Jeff Norman runs world record 50k (2:48:06)
  • Jun 7 Tommy John wins his 200th, 3-0 on a 2-hitter
  • Jun 8 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 performances
  • Jun 8 26th LPGA Championship won by Sally Little
  • Jun 8 34th Tony Awards: Children of a Lesser God & Evita win

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 79th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Vitas Gerulaitis (6-4, 6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 79th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Virginia Ruzici (6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 14th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 Comedian Richard Pryor suffers burns from free basing cocaine

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Jun 9 Phillies & SF Giants end their game at 3:11 AM
  • Jun 9 Soyuz T-2 returns to Earth
  • Jun 10 8 Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast using handguns smuggled into prison
  • Jun 11 K-Ingleside streetcar converts to METRO service (SF)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Ronald Reagan said he would submit to periodic medical tests

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 13 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" hits #1

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jun 13 Deborah Harry/Meat Loaf film, "Roadie," premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Jun 13 Rep John Jenrette Jr (D-SC) indicted in "Abscam" investigation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Jun 15 "Fearless Frank" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 15 80th US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 272 at Baltusrol GC NJ

  • Jun 15 Dale Lundquis wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jun 15 Jorge Orta of Cleveland gets 6 hits in a baseball game
  • Jun 16 "Blues Brothers" premieres in Chicago
  • Jun 16 US Supreme Court rules new forms of life created in labs could be patents
  • Jun 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa
  • Jun 18 Mrs Shakuntala Devi mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
  • Jun 19 Battle between police & demonstrators in Capetown, 34 killed
  • Jun 20 "Blues Brothers" with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi opens in 594 theaters
  • Jun 20 California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs & double to beat Red Sox 20-2
  • Jun 20 Roberto Duran takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous decision
  • Jun 22 Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jun 22 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • Jun 22 UEFA European Championship: West Germany defeat Belgium 2-1 in Rome

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jun 23 "David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Jun 23 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation
  • Jun 23 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
  • Jun 23 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails; the Council was part of Botha's plan to effect broad ranging constitutional changes which would allow for a role for both Indian and Coloured people in parliament but which still excluded direct political representation for African people.
  • Jun 24 Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million
  • Jun 25 "Fearless Frank" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 27 1st female state police graduates (NJ)
  • Jun 27 Dodger's Jerry Reuss' no-hits SF Giants 8-0
  • Jun 27 Italian plane crashes into Tyrrheense Sea, kills 81
  • Jun 27 US revives draft registration
  • Jun 28 NYC transit fare rises from 50 cents to 60 cents
  • Jun 28 The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series
  • Jun 29 "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances
  • Jun 29 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Jun 30 West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Oliver James, British actor
  • Jun 2 Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-born rock drummer (The Stro

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 2 Abby Wambach, American Soccer player (world record for international goals), born in Rochester, New York

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • Jun 3 Lazaros Papadopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • Jun 4 Alicja Janosz, Polish singer
  • Jun 4 François Beauchemin, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 5 Yasser Latif Hamdani, Pakistani constitutional lawyer
  • Jun 5 Sutee Suksomkit, Thai football player
  • Jun 6 Matt Belisle, American baseball player
  • Jun 6 Martin Devaney, English footballer
  • Jun 9 Mike Fontenot, American baseball player
  • Jun 9 Lehlohonolo Seema, Lesotho footballer
  • Jun 9 Udonis Haslem, American basketball player
  • Jun 10 Francelino Matuzalem, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 10 Jessica Di Cicco, American actress
  • Jun 11 Yhency Brazoban, Dominican born baseball player
  • Jun 12 Larry Foote, American football player
  • Jun 12 Marco Bortolami, Italian rugby union player
  • Jun 13 Florent Malouda, French footballer
  • Jun 13 Markus Winkelhock, German racing driver
  • Jun 13 Darius Vassell, English footballer
  • Jun 13 Sarah Connor, German singer
  • Jun 15 Christopher Castile, American actor
  • Jun 15 Almudena Cid, Spanish gymnast
  • Jun 15 Cara Zavaleta, American model
  • Jun 16 Daré Nibombé, Togolese footballer
  • Jun 16 Nehir Erdoğan, Turkish actress
  • Jun 16 Brad Gushue, Canadian curler
  • Jun 16 Martin Stranzl, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 16 Joey Yung, Hong Kong singer
  • Jun 17 Andee Pickens, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jun 17 Brittney McConn, Largo Fla, figure skater (1997 Eastern Sr champ)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 17 Venus Williams, American tennis star considered one of the all-time greats of women's tennis, born in Lynwood, California

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jun 17 Kimeru, Japanese singer
  • Jun 18 Antonio Gates, American football player
  • Jun 18 Tara Platt, American actress
  • Jun 18 Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer and songwriter
  • Jun 18 Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner
  • Jun 19 Amy Merrill, Miss Utah Teen USA (1997)
  • Jun 19 Adel Abdulaziz, Emiratie football player
  • Jun 19 Dante Robinson, American football player
  • Jun 19 Lauren Lee Smith, Canadian actress
  • Jun 20 Carlo Festuccia, Italian rugby union footballer
  • Jun 20 Fabian Wegmann, German road racing cyclist
  • Jun 20 Franco Semioli, Italian footballer
  • Jun 20 Tony Lovato, American singer and guitarrist (Mest)
  • Jun 21 Sendy Rleal, Dominican baseball player
  • Jun 21 Richard Jefferson, American basketball player
  • Jun 23 Becky Cloonan, American comic book artist
  • Jun 23 Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer
  • Jun 23 Melissa Rauch, actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in Marlboro Township, New Jersey
  • Jun 24 Kelly Dutra, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA (1996)
  • Jun 24 Cicinho, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 24 Liane Balaban, Canadian actress
  • Jun 24 Andrew Jones, Australian racing driver
  • Jun 24 Minka Kelly, American actress
  • Jun 25 Maja Latinović, Serbian model
  • Jun 25 Nozomi Takeuchi, Japanese actress
  • Jun 26 Jason Schwartzman, American actor
  • Jun 26 Michael Vick, American football player
  • Jun 26 Chris Shelton, American baseball player
  • Jun 26 Sinik, French singer and rapper
  • Jun 27 Kevin Pietersen, English cricketer
  • Jun 27 Craig Terrill, American football player
  • Jun 29 Katherine Jenkins, Welsh soprano
  • Jun 29 Mel Peachey, British television personality
  • Jun 29 Martin Truex Jr, American race car driver
  • Jun 30 Rade Prica, Swedish footballer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 7 Actor Mel Gibson (24) weds Robyn Moore (24) in Forestville, New South Wales

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 [Richard] Rube Marquard, US baseball pitcher, dies at 90
  • Jun 1 Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)
  • Jun 5 Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70
  • Jun 7 Henry Miller, American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88
  • Jun 7 Richard Bonnelli, actor (Enter Madame), dies
  • Jun 7 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)
  • Jun 8 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • Jun 9 Leonard Huizinga, journalist/writer (Olivier & Adrian), dies at 73
  • Jun 10 Denys Morkel, South African cricketer (batsman scored 663 runs 1927-32), dies
  • Jun 12 Milburn Stone, actor (Doc-Gunsmoke), dies at 75
  • Jun 12 Billy Butlin, Founder of the brand of holiday venues known as Butlins (b. 1899)
  • Jun 18 André Leducq, French cyclist (b. 1904)
  • Jun 18 Terence Fisher, English film director (b. 1904)
  • Jun 20 Gustaf Allan Pettersson, composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • Jun 23 John Laurie, actor (39 Steps, Jericho, Kidnapped), dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Odile Versois, actress (Nude in a White Car, Young Lovers), dies
  • Jun 23 Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies
  • Jun 23 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies
  • Jun 23 Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • Jun 23 Varahagiri Venkata Giri, Fourth President of India (b. 1894)
  • Jun 28 Heal Gahagan Douglas, (Rep-D-Ca), lost to Nixon, dies at 79
  • Jun 28 Herbie Faye, comedian (Doc, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 81
  • Jun 28 Yoshiro Irino, composer, dies at 58
  • Jun 28 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor (b. 1895)
  • Jun 30 Virginia Brown Faire, actress (Lonesome Trail, Temptress), dies