Historical Events in 1980

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 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 8 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • Jan 8 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • Jan 9 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 10 Last broadcast of "Rockford Files" on NBC
  • Jan 10 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 11 Debut of first Pretenders album "Pretenders"
  • Jan 12 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Jan 13 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • Jan 13 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • Jan 13 Togo's constitution becomes effective
  • Jan 14 Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
  • Jan 15 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 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 17 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • Jan 17 A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, killing three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • Jan 18 Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • Jan 18 Pink Floyd's "Wall" hits #1
  • Jan 18 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000
  • Jan 20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Jan 20 Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena, MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 21 Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • Jan 21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 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 28 37th Golden Globes: Kramer vs. Kramer, Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 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 10 Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 12 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Feb 12 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 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 4 40th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 8 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 9 Flemish/Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured
  • Mar 9 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Sunstar '80 Golf Tournament
  • Mar 10 Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show
  • Mar 11 Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Aust v Pak cricket draw

MurderMurder of Interest

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Mar 31 President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry
  • Mar 31 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 1 Baseball Players' Association votes to cancel 92 remaining exhibition games
  • Apr 1 Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
  • Apr 1 France performs nuclear test

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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