What Happened in October 1980

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Cosmonauts Ryumin & Popov break space endurance record of 176 days

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 2 Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Oct 2 Michael Myers (D-Pa), is 1st rep expelled in over 100 years (ABSCAM)
  • Oct 3 4 dies in attack on synagogue in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Mike Schmidt's 2-run HR clinches NL East title for Phillies

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Oct 4 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"
  • Oct 5 Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale, the Bronx NYC

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Oct 5 Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi Young win Portland Ping Team Golf Champ

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Oct 5 Yanks set AL attendance mark at 2,627,417
  • Oct 5 31st Formula One WDC: Alan Jones wins by 13 points
  • Oct 6 Guyana adopts constitution
  • Oct 6 John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) sentenced to 3 months inprisonment on assault charges
  • Oct 7 Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Oct 8 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
  • Oct 8 USSR & Syria sign peace treaty
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 9 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville Tn
  • Oct 9 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czeslaw Milosz
  • Oct 10 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
  • Oct 10 Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network dedicated
  • Oct 10 Yanks lose 4-2 & are swept by Royals in AL Championship series
  • Oct 10 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat New York Yankees, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 11 Cosmonauts Popov & Ryumin set space endurance record of 184 days
  • Oct 11 Dallas Mavericks first game at Reunion Arena, beat San Antonio 103-92
  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 12 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box" closes at Ambassador NYC after 149 performances
  • Oct 12 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in LA
  • Oct 12 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Houston Astros, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 13 14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris & George Jones wins
  • Oct 13 Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, NY
  • Oct 14 Phils rally from 4-0 deficit to beat the Royals, 7-6 to take WS opener

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan promises to name a woman to Supreme Court

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

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Oct 15 George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Oct 15 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Lawrence R Klein
  • Oct 16 "Brigadoon" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances
  • Oct 16 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 17 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW v Qld (2-52 & 1-39)
  • Oct 18 Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA
  • Oct 18 Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT)
  • Oct 19 Steve McPeak rides 101'9" unicycle
  • Oct 21 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • Oct 21 1st (& only) time Phillies win World Series (in 98 years)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 21 Mikhail Gorbachev elected member of Politburo

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Oct 21 Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history
  • Oct 22 4th government of Martens forms in Belgium
  • Oct 22 New South Korean constitution comes into effect
  • Oct 23 "Tintypes" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • Oct 23 McCosker (168) & Dyson (152) make 319 opening stand cricket, NSW v WA
  • Oct 23 Soviet PM Nikolai Tichonov succeeds Alexei Kosygin, due to illness
  • Oct 24 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 24 Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 24 Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 25 Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver

Music release#1 in the Charts

Oct 25 Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Oct 26 10th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:25:41.3
  • Oct 26 11th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41
  • Oct 26 St Louis Cards sack Balt Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times
  • Oct 27 Astros owner John McMullen replaces GM Tal Smith with Al Rosen
  • Oct 27 Dave Gryllis sets world bicycle speed record of 94.37 kph
  • Oct 30 Honduras & El Salvador settle their boundary dispute
  • Oct 30 NASA launches Flt Satcom-4
  • Oct 31 Julian Nott sets world hot-air balloon altitude record (16,806 m)
  • Oct 31 Polish government recognizes Solidarity trade union
  • Oct 31 Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Shane Andrus, National Football League kicker
  • Oct 3 Sheldon Brookbank, Canadian hockey player
  • Oct 4 Jimmy Workman, actor (Pugsley-Addams Family)
  • Oct 4 Kristina Lenko, Canadian ice skater
  • Oct 4 Me'Lisa Barber, American athlete
  • Oct 4 Sarah Fisher, American race car driver
  • Oct 4 Tim Peper, American actor
  • Oct 4 Tomáš Rosický, Czech footballer
  • Oct 5 Paul Thomas, American bassist (Good Charlotte)
  • Oct 6 Abdoulaye Méïté, French footballer
  • Oct 7 Edison Chen, Canadian-born actor
  • Oct 8 Andria Gayle Mullins, Miss Texas Teen USA (Teen with Style-1997)
  • Oct 8 Mike Mizanin, American wrestler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 8 Nick Cannon, American actor and rapper (Love Don't Cost a Thing), born in San Diego, California

Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • Oct 9 Ibrahim Fazeel, Maldivian Ffotballer
  • Oct 9 Henrik Zetterberg, Swedish ice hockey player
  • Oct 10 Elvis Hammond, Ghanaian footballer
  • Oct 10 Tim Maurer, American singer (Suburban Legends)
  • Oct 10 Sherine, Egyptian singer
  • Oct 11 Nyron Nosworthy, English footballer
  • Oct 13 Magne Hoseth, Norwegian footballer
  • Oct 13 Ashanti, American singer
  • Oct 13 Scott Parker, English footballer
  • Oct 13 Jon Micah Sumrall, American singer (Kutless)
  • Oct 14 Paul Ambrosi, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Oct 14 Niels Lodberg, Danish footballer
  • Oct 14 Terrence McGee, American football player
  • Oct 15 Tom Boonen, Belgian cyclist
  • Oct 15 Siiri Nordin, Finnish singer (Killer)
  • Oct 16 Jeremy Jackson, actor (Shout, Baywatch), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Oct 16 Sue Bird, American basketball player
  • Oct 16 Timana Tahu, Australian Rugby League player
  • Oct 17 Alessandro Piccolo, Italian racing driver
  • Oct 17 Ekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
  • Oct 19 Benjamin Salisbury, actor (Brighton Sheffield-Nanny), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oct 20 Gary Jarman, English musician
  • Oct 20 Jose Veras, Dominican baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 21 Kim [KImberly] Kardashian, American TV personality (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), born in Los Angeles, California

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
  • Oct 21 Brian Pittman, American musician (Relient K)
  • Oct 22 Garrett Tierney, American musician (Brand New)
  • Oct 23 Jade Davidson, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 23 Pedro Liriano, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 24 James Killian, American football player
  • Oct 24 Monica, American singer
  • Oct 24 Matthew Amoah, Ghanaian footballer
  • Oct 24 Zac Posen, American fashion designer
  • Oct 25 Ilana Goldfogel, pairs skater (& Erik Schulz), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 25 Mehcad Brooks, American actor and former model
  • Oct 26 Cristian Chivu, Romanian footballer
  • Oct 27 Tanel Padar, Estonian singer
  • Oct 27 Cassia Riley, American model
  • Oct 28 Kanzi, Most Literate Non-Human
  • Oct 28 Alan Smith, English footballer
  • Oct 28 Christy Hemme, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 28 Dimitri Liakopoulos, Greek actor
  • Oct 29 Ben Foster, American actor
  • Oct 29 B.J. Sams, American football player
  • Oct 30 Sarah Carter, Canadian actress
  • Oct 30 Choi Hong-man, South Korean kickboxer
  • Oct 31 Eddie Kaye Thomas, American actor,
  • Oct 31 Samaire Armstrong, American actress
  • Oct 31 Alondra de la Parra, Mexican founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 4 "The Princess Bride" actor Chris Sarandon (38) weds model Lisa Cooper

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 12 Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) weds businesswoman Lisa Gottsegen (26) in Roxbury, Connecticut

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 15 Actor Rod Taylor (50) weds Carol Kikumura

Actor Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 31 Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 6 Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) divorces actress Anne Byrne (37) after 11 years of marriage

  • Oct 9 Princess Caroline of Monaco divorces Philippe Junot

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 George Meany, union pres (AFL-CIO), dies at 86
  • Oct 2 Valentin Stepanovich Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 46
  • Oct 6 Hattie Jacques, actress (Make Mine Mink, Carry On films), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 6 Ray Walker, actor (Baby Take a Bow), dies
  • Oct 6 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 10 Bill Thomas, actor (Buckwheat), dies
  • Oct 10 Walter Keeton, cricketer (opening bat in 2 Test for Eng 1934-39), dies
  • Oct 10 William "Buckwheat" Thomas, actor (Little Rascal), dies at 49
  • Oct 14 S N Banerjee, cricketer (one Test for India), dies
  • Oct 15 Mikhail Lavrentyev, Russian physicist and mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Oct 15 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • Oct 16 Carl PM Romme, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (KVP), dies at 83
  • Oct 21 Hans Asperger, Austrian psychologist (b. 1906)
  • Oct 24 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33), dies at 30
  • Oct 26 Marcello J tie Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • Oct 27 Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician, author and broadcaster (b. 1924)
  • Oct 27 John Van Vleck, American Physicist, Mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, dies at 81
  • Oct 28 Leon Janney, actor (Jim Matthews-Another World, Hawk), dies at 63