Historical Events in April 1980

  • 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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 6 Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Apr 6 Post It Notes introduced

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 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
  • Apr 9 Los Angeles Kings tie NHL record with two shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Islanders)
  • Apr 9 Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6
  • Apr 11 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 12 BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
  • Apr 12 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • Apr 12 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • Apr 12 Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'etat, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession.
  • Apr 12 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland.
  • Apr 13 Musical "Grease" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 3,388 performances
  • Apr 13 "Reggae" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 21 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 44th Masters Golf Tournament: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 275

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 13 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
  • Apr 13 US boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow
  • Apr 14 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 14 52nd Academy Awards: "Kramer vs Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner's Song)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Apr 16 Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
  • Apr 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 18 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
  • Apr 19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • Apr 20 Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
  • Apr 20 Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
  • Apr 20 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
  • Apr 21 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:12:11 and Jacqueline Gareau of Canada 1st woman in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified as women's champion for not running the entire course
  • Apr 21 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit Mich
  • Apr 23 Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
  • Apr 24 US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die
  • Apr 25 A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan
  • Apr 25 Announcement of US hostage rescue bungle in Iran
  • Apr 25 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
  • Apr 26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 26 Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy
  • Apr 26 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120 feet
  • Apr 26 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
  • Apr 27 Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 28 Cyrus Vance, Carter's US Secretary of State, resigns
  • Apr 28 Reunion Arena in Dallas opens
  • Apr 29 Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. is founded.
  • Apr 29 1980 NFL Draft: Billy Sims from University of Oklahoma first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Apr 30 "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • Apr 30 Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser" premieres in London
  • Apr 30 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
  • Apr 30 Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates; Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard becomes Queen