Historical Events in 1980 (Part 2)

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  • 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

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Apr 11 Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
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

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

Novelist Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer

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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

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Apr 25 Announcement of US hostage rescue bungle in Iran

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 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
  • May 1 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 perf
  • May 1 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win
  • May 1 Sabres & Islanders play to 1:20 of 5th period in a playoff
  • May 1 Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff)
  • May 2 Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder
  • May 2 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa
  • May 2 Pope John Paul II begins African tour
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 3 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02
  • May 3 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR
  • May 3 Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins becomes 4th to win 100 games in AL & NL
  • May 4 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • May 4 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament
  • May 4 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
  • May 5 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as British SAS and police storm the building
  • May 5 Constantine Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece.
  • May 7 Josip Tito, Yugoslav president, buried
  • May 7 Samm-Art Williams' "Home" premieres in NYC
  • May 8 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
  • May 8 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
  • May 9 35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge
  • May 9 Slasher horror film "Friday the 13th" is released in US cinemas
  • May 10 "Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • May 11 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 11 Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 12 1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris)
  • May 12 West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores the winner with a rare header.
  • May 13 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets
  • May 14 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • May 14 Department of Health & Human Services begins operation
  • May 14 Valencia of Spain wins 20th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 5-4 on penalties in Brussels
  • May 14 Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
  • May 15 1st trans-US balloon crossing
  • May 15 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • May 15 Shawn Weatherly, (SC (will win Miss Universe), crowned 29th Miss USA
  • May 16 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • May 16 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
  • May 16 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album
  • May 16 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes
  • May 17 105th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Codex wins in 1:54.2
  • May 17 Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours
  • May 17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
  • May 17 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"
  • May 18 Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • May 18 China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket
  • May 18 Donna White wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 18 Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru
  • May 18 Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die
  • May 18 Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms.
  • May 19 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances

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May 19 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach
  • May 20 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated
  • May 20 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss
  • May 20 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • May 20 In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism

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May 21 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • May 21 Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy
  • May 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton

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May 23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • May 24 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • May 24 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • May 24 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • May 25 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • May 25 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 25 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:29:59.572 (229.914 km/h)
  • May 26 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"
  • May 26 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters
  • May 26 Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6
  • May 27 South Korean police ends people's uprising; 2,000 killed
  • May 27 The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.
  • May 28 2 Oakland A's steal home in 1st inning
  • May 28 Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12'5"
  • May 28 24th European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Hamburg 1-0 at Madrid
  • May 29 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 29 53rd National Spelling Bee: Jacques Bailly wins spelling elucubrate
  • May 29 Attempted assassination on Vernon Jordan Jr National Urban League pres
  • May 29 JMW Turner's "Juliet & Her Nurse" sold for $6,400,000 in NYC

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May 29 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • May 30 1st papal visit to France since 1814
  • May 30 Tiger reliever John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires
  • May 30 Turner's painting "Juliet & Her Nurse" sells for $6.4 million
  • May 30 Twins Ken Landreaux ends his hitting streak after 31 games
  • May 31 "Love Stinks" by J Geils Band peaks at #38
  • May 31 Police & youthful rebels battle in Zurich
  • Jun 1 1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network
  • Jun 1 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 1 Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in Calif

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jun 1 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championshipship
  • Jun 1 Steve Garvey, hits the 7,000th Dodger home run
  • Jun 2 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 performances
  • Jun 3 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 3 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35
  • Jun 3 ESPN begins televising college world series games
  • Jun 3 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

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Jun 3 NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Jun 5 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 7 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" closes at Morosco NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 7 "Cars" by Gary Numan hits #9
  • Jun 7 112th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Temperence Hill wins in 2:29.8
  • Jun 7 Jeff Norman runs world record 50k (2:48:06)
  • Jun 7 Tommy John wins his 200th, 3-0 on a 2-hitter
  • Jun 8 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 performances
  • Jun 8 26th LPGA Championship won by Sally Little
  • Jun 8 34th Tony Awards: Children of a Lesser God & Evita win

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 79th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Vitas Gerulaitis (6-4, 6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 79th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Virginia Ruzici (6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici

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Jun 9 14th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

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Jun 9 Comedian Richard Pryor suffers burns from free basing cocaine

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Jun 9 Phillies & SF Giants end their game at 3:11 AM
  • Jun 9 Soyuz T-2 returns to Earth
  • Jun 10 8 Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast using handguns smuggled into prison
  • Jun 11 K-Ingleside streetcar converts to METRO service (SF)

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Jun 12 Ronald Reagan said he would submit to periodic medical tests

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 13 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" hits #1

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jun 13 Deborah Harry/Meat Loaf film, "Roadie," premieres
  • Jun 13 Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall"
  • Jun 13 Rep John Jenrette Jr (D-SC) indicted in "Abscam" investigation

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Jun 13 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

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Jun 14 Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Jun 15 "Fearless Frank" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 15 80th US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 272 at Baltusrol GC NJ

  • Jun 15 Dale Lundquis wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jun 15 Jorge Orta of Cleveland gets 6 hits in a baseball game
  • Jun 16 "Blues Brothers" premieres in Chicago
  • Jun 16 US Supreme Court rules new forms of life created in labs could be patents
  • Jun 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa
  • Jun 18 Mrs Shakuntala Devi mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
  • Jun 19 Battle between police & demonstrators in Capetown, 34 killed
  • Jun 20 "Blues Brothers" with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi opens in 594 theaters
  • Jun 20 California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs & double to beat Red Sox 20-2
  • Jun 20 Roberto Duran takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous decision
  • Jun 22 Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jun 22 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • Jun 22 UEFA European Championship: West Germany defeat Belgium 2-1 in Rome

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jun 23 "David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Jun 23 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation
  • Jun 23 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
  • Jun 23 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails
  • Jun 24 Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million
  • Jun 25 "Fearless Frank" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 27 1st female state police graduates (NJ)
  • Jun 27 Dodger's Jerry Reuss' no-hits SF Giants 8-0
  • Jun 27 Italian plane crashes into Tyrrheense Sea, kills 81
  • Jun 27 US revives draft registration
  • Jun 28 NYC transit fare rises from 50 cents to 60 cents
  • Jun 28 The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series
  • Jun 29 "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances
  • Jun 29 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Jun 30 West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow
  • Jul 1 Steve Overt runs world record 3:48.8 mile in Oslo
  • Jul 1 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • Jul 2 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir & Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement