Historical Events in 1980

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  • Jan 1st Chrysler UK renamed Talbot
  • Jan 1st International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • Jan 1st Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • Jan 1st Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • Jan 1st Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • Jan 1st Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.
  • Jan 1st 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • Jan 1st 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • Jan 1st 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7
  • Jan 2nd British Steel workers go on a national strike

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 2nd 68th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Sadri (7-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 2nd 68th Women's Australian Open: Barbara Jordan beats Sharon Walsh (6-3, 6-3)
  • Jan 3rd Gold hits record $634 an ounce
  • Jan 3rd Babrak Karmal defends the Soviet-backed coup in first public appearance since taking power as President of Afghanistan
  • Jan 6th "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 6th Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins elections in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Jan 6th Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • Jan 6th The beginning of the first GPS epoch.
  • Jan 6th AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers 27-13
  • Jan 6th NFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0
  • Jan 7th Minn ends Philadelphia Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends
  • Jan 7th Indira Gandhi voted back into power in India

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Jan 7th American President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jan 8th Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • Jan 8th NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • Jan 9th 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 10th Last broadcast of "Rockford Files" on NBC
  • Jan 10th Jim Stewart, Bruin's rookie goalie allows 3 goals in his 1st 4 mins & a total of 5 in 1st period; he never again plays in NHL
  • Jan 11th Debut of first Pretenders album "Pretenders"
  • Jan 12th Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Jan 13th "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • Jan 13th Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • Jan 13th Togo's constitution becomes effective
  • Jan 14th Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
  • Jan 15th Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London

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Jan 16th Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Jan 17th NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • Jan 17th A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, killing three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • Jan 18th Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • Jan 18th Pink Floyd's "Wall" hits #1
  • Jan 18th Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000
  • Jan 20th President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • Jan 20th US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Jan 20th US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Jan 20th Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena, MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 21st Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • Jan 21st Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal

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Jan 22nd Russian dissidents Andrei Sakharov & Jelena Bonner arrested in Moscow and banished to Gorky

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Jan 22nd PGA begins a senior golf tour
  • Jan 22nd West Indies beat England 2-0 to win cricket's 1st World Series Cup
  • Jan 25th Bani Sadr elected president of Iran
  • Jan 25th Dutch government demands boycott of Olympics
  • Jan 25th Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft
  • Jan 25th Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported

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Jan 26th 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 26th Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
  • Jan 26th Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • Jan 26th Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes
  • Jan 27th "Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Jan 27th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 37-27

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Jan 27th Robert Mugabe returns to Rhodesia after 5 years in exile

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28th 37th Golden Globes: Kramer vs. Kramer, Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

  • Jan 28th USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • Jan 29th 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • Jan 29th Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30th Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • Jan 31st Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41
  • Feb 1st Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • Feb 1st Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run
  • Feb 2nd FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 3rd Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Feb 3rd Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
  • Feb 3rd 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Landover, Maryland
  • Feb 4th Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
  • Feb 4th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
  • Feb 4th Studio 54 holds its grand closing party on its last night in business
  • Feb 5th 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit
  • Feb 5th Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel

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Feb 9th Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • Feb 10th Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10th Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 12th "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Feb 12th NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

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Feb 12th Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 13th Apollo Computer Inc incorporated
  • Feb 13th NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin
  • Feb 14th "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • Feb 14th 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
  • Feb 14th US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
  • Feb 15th Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec
  • Feb 15th Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals
  • Feb 16th Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • Feb 16th Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)
  • Feb 17th Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Feb 17th 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins (177.602 MPH)
  • Feb 18th Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • Feb 18th Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • Feb 18th 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 19th Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • Feb 19th Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
  • Feb 21st Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44
  • Feb 21st Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom)
  • Feb 22nd Afghanistan declares martial law

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Feb 22nd USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period

Ice Hockey Player Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player
Mike Eruzione
  • Feb 23rd 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY
  • Feb 23rd Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • Feb 23rd France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Feb 23rd Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spill
  • Feb 24th "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Feb 24th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Feb 24th Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
  • Feb 24th USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
  • Feb 25th Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
  • Feb 26th Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • Feb 26th Milt coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • Feb 26th R Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft
  • Feb 27th 22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet
  • Feb 27th Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors
  • Feb 27th Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe
  • Feb 27th Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • Feb 28th "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)
  • Feb 28th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29th Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Feb 29th Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England
  • Mar 1st Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • Mar 1st Hilbert van der Duim becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Mar 1st Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • Mar 1st Snow falls in Florida
  • Mar 1st The US enacts the Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act as part of a compromise between the Carter Administration and the Congress over the decontrol of crude oil prices
  • Mar 1st 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • Mar 1st 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • Mar 2nd 3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts
  • Mar 2nd Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
  • Mar 2nd Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Mar 3rd France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 3rd The USS Nautilus is decimmissioned.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3rd Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4th 40th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 4th Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins parliamentary election in Zimbabwe
  • Mar 5th Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49
  • Mar 6th Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time
  • Mar 6th Princess Theater (Latin Quarter, Cotton Club) opens at 200 W 48th NYC
  • Mar 6th French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
  • Mar 8th Greg Chappell 235 & Yallop 172, for 217 stand at Faisalabad
  • Mar 8th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8th The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 8th 6th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Mar 9th Flemish/Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured
  • Mar 9th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Sunstar '80 Golf Tournament
  • Mar 10th Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show
  • Mar 11th Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Aust v Pak cricket draw

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 12th Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Mar 12th NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin
  • Mar 13th Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60)
  • Mar 13th Ford Motor Co found innocent in death of 3 women in a fiery Pinto
  • Mar 13th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Jan Hoffmann GDR
  • Mar 14th Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • Mar 14th Ice Pairs Championship at Dortmund won by Cherkasova & Shakhrai (USSR)
  • Mar 14th Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
  • Mar 14th Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch
  • Mar 16th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 18th Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
  • Mar 20th The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks
  • Mar 20th US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran
  • Mar 21st On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot
  • Mar 23rd Border completes 150 in each inning of Test Cricket v Pakistan
  • Mar 23rd Donna Caponi Young Pro-Am wins LPGA National Golf Tournament
  • Mar 23rd France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 23rd Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt
  • Mar 24th 42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA 59-54
  • Mar 24th ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"
  • Mar 24th Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
  • Mar 26th Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • Mar 27th "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 27th "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Mar 27th Elevator in Vaal Reefs gold mine, South Africa plunges more than 1900m killing all 23 miners aboard
  • Mar 27th Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
  • Mar 27th The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
  • Mar 29th 134th Grand National: Charlie Fenwick aboard Ben Nevis wins
  • Mar 30th Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 30th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 31st Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 31st Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Mar 31st President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry
  • Mar 31st The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.
  • Apr 1st Baseball Players' Association votes to cancel 92 remaining exhibition games
  • Apr 1st Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
  • Apr 1st France performs nuclear test

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 1st Wayne Gretzky breaks Bobby Orr's record with 103rd assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 1st New York City's Transit Worker Union 100 begins a strike lasting 11 days.
  • Apr 2nd Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
  • Apr 3rd France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 3rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 4th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6th 9th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Apr 6th Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season
  • Apr 6th Post It Notes introduced
  • Apr 7th Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis
  • Apr 8th Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
  • Apr 9th Belgium's Marten's government resigns