Historical Events in December 1980

  • Dec 1 46th Heisman Trophy Award: George Rogers, South Carolina (RB)
  • Dec 1 Mel Harris appears on M*A*S*H in "Cementing Relationships"
  • Dec 1 US Justice Dept sues Yonkers siting racial discrimination
  • Dec 2 4 American Maryknoll nuns killed by death squads in El Salvador
  • Dec 3 NY Federal jury finds Reps Thompson D-NJ & Murphy, D-NY, guilty
  • Dec 4 2 months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin breaks up
  • Dec 4 Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)
  • Dec 5 Bank of Canada's Canadian Currency Museum opens
  • Dec 6 Jim Bakker rapes Jessica Hahn
  • Dec 6 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 502
  • Dec 7 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)
  • Dec 8 "Bravo" network premieres on cable TV

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Dec 8 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before his death

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Photographer Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz
  • Dec 9 61°F in Boston at 1 AM
  • Dec 10 Soyuz T-3 returns to Earth
  • Dec 10 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Dec 11 Dirk Wellham scores 100 on 1st-class debut, NSW v Victoria
  • Dec 11 The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (known as either CERCLA or Superfund) is enacted by the U.S. Congress.

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Dec 11 "Magnum P.I." starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS

  • Dec 12 US's copyright law amended to include computer programs
  • Dec 13 "Perfectly Frank" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 14 "Onward Victoria" opens/closes at Martin Beck NYC for 1 performance
  • Dec 14 Anders Kailur scores on 6th Islander penalty shot
  • Dec 14 At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon
  • Dec 14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • Dec 14 Nancy Lopez/Curtis Strange wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 14 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20
  • Dec 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 14 Massacre at Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Los Angeles with 3 people killed and 6 injured
  • Dec 15 NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M
  • Dec 15 Premier Queddei troops conquers Chad capital N'djamena
  • Dec 15 ZBZ Sangha registered after 5 yrs of administrative hassles in Warsaw

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Dec 16 President-elect Reagan announces Alexander Haig as secretary of state

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Dec 17 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 17 Mauritania provisional constitution published
  • Dec 18 Bruce Sprinsteen's concert at Madison Sq Garden
  • Dec 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts minister Van Agts abortion laws
  • Dec 18 IRA's Sean McKenna becomes critically ill, ends hunger strike
  • Dec 18 Vietnam adopts constitution
  • Dec 19 Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from St Kitts
  • Dec 19 Iran requests $24 billion in US guarantees to free hostages
  • Dec 19 Mutual Broadcasting cancels Sears Radio Theater

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Dec 19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Cathy Moriarty
  • Dec 20 NBC broadcasts NY Jets' 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio
  • Dec 20 USSR formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin
  • Dec 21 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • Dec 22 Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • Dec 22 US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior)
  • Dec 23 Sam Shepard's "True West" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 24 Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds
  • Dec 26 Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service.
  • Dec 26 10th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Penn State beats #11 Ohio State, 31-19
  • Dec 27 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78
  • Dec 28 Mexico terminated fishing agreements with US
  • Dec 29 Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A
  • Dec 30 "Wonderful World of Disney" last performance on NBC-TV
  • Dec 31 A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18
  • Dec 31 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • Dec 31 Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns