April 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
  • Apr 1 France performs nuclear test
  • 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
  • Apr 6 Post It Notes introduced

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Apr 7 Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 9 Belgium's Marten's government resigns
  • Apr 9 Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6
  • Apr 11 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment
  • Apr 12 BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
  • Apr 12 Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'etat, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession.
  • Apr 14 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida

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

Novelist Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer
  • 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 20 Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
  • Apr 20 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
  • 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 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 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Adam Fleming, English news reporter
  • Apr 5 John McLaughlin, American television reporter
  • Apr 22 Courtney Friel, presenter of World Poker Tour
  • Apr 25 Kazuhito Tadano, Japanese basaball player
  • Apr 27 Talitha Cummins, Australian journalist

Deaths in History

  • Apr 11 Charlotte Henry, dies
  • Apr 12 William R Tolbert Jr, Liberian President & 27 others killed in coup
  • Apr 12 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)

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Apr 15 Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher and writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

  • Apr 21 Aleksandr Oparin, Russian biochemist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 21 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (b. 1928)
  • Apr 24 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Katia Mann, wife of German writer Thomas Mann (b. 1883)
  • Apr 30 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)