What Happened in 1980 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 778

  • May 20 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • May 20 In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism

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May 21 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • May 21 Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy
  • May 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton

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May 23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • May 24 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • May 24 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • May 24 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • May 25 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • May 25 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 25 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:29:59.572 (229.914 km/h)
  • May 26 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"
  • May 26 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters
  • May 26 Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6
  • May 27 South Korean police ends people's uprising; 2,000 killed
  • May 27 The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.
  • May 28 2 Oakland A's steal home in 1st inning
  • May 28 Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12'5"
  • May 28 24th European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Hamburg 1-0 at Madrid
  • May 29 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 29 53rd National Spelling Bee: Jacques Bailly wins spelling elucubrate
  • May 29 Attempted assassination on Vernon Jordan Jr National Urban League pres
  • May 29 JMW Turner's "Juliet & Her Nurse" sold for $6,400,000 in NYC

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May 29 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • May 30 1st papal visit to France since 1814
  • May 30 Tiger reliever John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires
  • May 30 Turner's painting "Juliet & Her Nurse" sells for $6.4 million
  • May 30 Twins Ken Landreaux ends his hitting streak after 31 games
  • May 31 "Love Stinks" by J Geils Band peaks at #38
  • May 31 Police & youthful rebels battle in Zurich
  • 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

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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

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

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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
  • Jul 1 Steve Overt runs world record 3:48.8 mile in Oslo
  • Jul 1 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • Jul 2 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir & Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 782

  • May 7 Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • May 7 Kate Lawler, English reality television personality and disc jockey
  • May 8 Michelle McManus, Scottish singer
  • May 8 Benny Yau, Canadian entertainer
  • May 9 Angela Nikodinov, Spartanburg SC, figure skater (1997 Pacif Sr champ)
  • May 9 Tatewin Means, Miss South Dakota Teen USA (1996)
  • May 9 Tony Schmidt, German racing driver
  • May 9 Cho Hyeon Jae, South Korean actor
  • May 9 Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer
  • May 11 Matthew Lawrence, actor (Dynasty, Matthew-Brotherly Love), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 13 Waka Inoue, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • May 13 Mau Marcelo, Filipino singer
  • May 14 Eugene Martineau, Dutch decathlete
  • May 14 Hugo Southwell, Scottish rugby union footballer
  • May 14 Zdeněk Grygera, Czech footballer
  • May 15 Josh Beckett, American baseball player
  • May 15 Rocky Marquette, American actor
  • May 16 Mikel Alonso, Spanish footballer
  • May 16 Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player
  • May 16 Melanie Lofton, American Journalist
  • May 17 Davor Džalto, Serbian art historian
  • May 17 Dallas Taylor, American singer (Underoath)
  • May 18 Aileen Campbell, Scottish Politician
  • May 18 Jeff Roehl, American football player
  • May 18 Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
  • May 19 Drew Fuller, American actor/model
  • May 19 Tony Hackworth, English footballer
  • May 20 Austin Kearns, American Baseball player
  • May 21 Chris Raab, American actor
  • May 22 Rhett Fisher, actor/musician
  • May 22 Steven Baker, Australian rules footballer
  • May 22 Chad Tracy, American baseball player
  • May 23 Sarah Louise Catherwood, 4x200m swimmer (Oly-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • May 23 Theofanis Gekas, Greek footballer
  • May 23 Lane Garrison, American actor
  • May 24 Billy L Sullivan, LI NY, actor (Will Pacino-Something So Right)
  • May 24 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • May 25 Jae Hee, South Korean actor
  • May 25 David Navarro, Spanish footballer
  • May 27 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 28 Cheri Wheeler, Miss Georgia Teen USA (1997)
  • May 28 Miguel Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • May 28 Mark Feehily, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • May 30 Steven Gerrard, English footballer
  • May 31 Andy Hurley, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
  • 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

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 315 of 315

  • Dec 24 Alec Lafayette Chew Wilder, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 24 Karl Dönitz, German naval admiral, and last leader of Nazi Germany (b. 1891)

Admiral and Navy Commander Karl Dönitz
Admiral and Navy Commander
Karl Dönitz
  • Dec 24 Siggie Nordstrom, model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer of The Nordstrom Sisters (b. 1893)
  • Dec 25 Fred Emney, actor (Adventures of a Private Eye), dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, dies at 43
  • Dec 25 Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador, murdered
  • Dec 26 Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)
  • Dec 28 Amir Elahi, cricketer, 1st Pakistani Test cricketer to die
  • Dec 28 Jersey calf, lived 222 days with an artificial heart
  • Dec 29 Roy Engle, actor (Police Chief-My Favorite Martian), dies at 67
  • Dec 29 Tim Hardin, American singer (Bird on a Wire), dies of a drug overdose at 39
  • Dec 29 Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  • Dec 31 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian cultural philosopher, dies at 69

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan
  • Dec 31 Raoul Walsh, US director (High Sierra), dies at about 88