June 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa
  • Jun 1 Steve Garvey, hits the 7,000th Dodger home run
  • Jun 3 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35

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Jun 3 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jun 5 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 7 "Cars" by Gary Numan hits #9
  • 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 34th Tony Awards: Children of a Lesser God & Evita win
  • 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)
  • Jun 13 Deborah Harry/Meat Loaf film, "Roadie," premieres
  • 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
  • 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 22 Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jun 23 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation
  • Jun 23 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails; the Council was part of Botha's plan to effect broad ranging constitutional changes which would allow for a role for both Indian and Coloured people in parliament but which still excluded direct political representation for African people.
  • Jun 27 1st female state police graduates (NJ)
  • 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 30 West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 5 Yasser Latif Hamdani, Pakistani constitutional lawyer
  • Jun 16 Brad Gushue, Canadian curler
  • Jun 23 Becky Cloonan, American comic book artist

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)
  • Jun 5 Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70
  • Jun 7 Henry Miller, American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88
  • Jun 7 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)
  • Jun 9 Leonard Huizinga, journalist/writer (Olivier & Adrian), dies at 73
  • Jun 12 Billy Butlin, Founder of the brand of holiday venues known as Butlins (b. 1899)
  • Jun 23 Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies
  • Jun 23 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies
  • Jun 23 Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • Jun 23 Varahagiri Venkata Giri, Fourth President of India (b. 1894)
  • Jun 28 Heal Gahagan Douglas, (Rep-D-Ca), lost to Nixon, dies at 79