Historical Events in April 1980

  • 1st Baseball Players' Association votes to cancel 92 remaining exhibition games
  • 1st Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
  • 1st France performs nuclear test

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

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

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

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

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6th Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 6th Post It Notes, introduced

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7th Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 8th Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
  • 9th Belgium's Marten's government resigns
  • 9th Kings tie NHL rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Isles
  • 9th Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6
  • 11th Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment

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11th Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"

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

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13th 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
  • 13th Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
  • 13th US boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow
  • 14th 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida

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14th 52nd Academy Awards - "Kramer vs Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

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

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer

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16th Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 16th Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
  • 16th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 18th Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
  • 19th 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • 20th Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
  • 20th Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
  • 20th Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
  • 21st 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
  • 21st Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit Mich
  • 23rd Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
  • 24th US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die
  • 25th A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan
  • 25th Announcement of US hostage rescue bungle in Iran
  • 25th Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb
  • 25th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 26th Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
  • 26th Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 26th Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy
  • 26th Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120 feet
  • 26th Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
  • 27th Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 28th Cyrus Vance, Carter's Secretary of State, resigns
  • 28th Reunion Arena in Dallas opens
  • 29th Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. is founded.
  • 29th 1980 NFL Draft: Billy Sims from University of Oklahoma first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 30th "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • 30th Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser" premieres in London
  • 30th Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
  • 30th Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates; Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard becomes Queen