May 1980 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Pope John Paul II begins African tour
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
  • May 8 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight departs Fort Baker, California. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian piloted the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • May 9 35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge
  • May 12 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight lands at Sainte-Félicité, Quebec. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian piloted the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • May 14 Department of Health & Human Services begins operation
  • May 14 Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
  • May 16 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes
  • May 17 Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours
  • May 17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
  • May 18 Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • May 18 People's Republic of China launches 1st intercontinental rocket
  • 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 20 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated
  • May 20 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • May 20 In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism
  • May 21 Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy
  • May 24 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • 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 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
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Marcel Vigneron, American chef (Top Chef)
  • May 8 Benny Yau, Canadian entertainer
  • May 16 Melanie Lofton, American Journalist
  • May 17 Davor Džalto, Serbian art historian
  • May 18 Aileen Campbell, Scottish Politician
  • May 22 Steven Baker, Australian rules footballer

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko (49) weds Bobi Ladawa

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko

HeartWedding of Interest

May 27 President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier (28) weds Michele Bennett in Haiti

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Josip Broz Tito, leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), dies at 87
  • May 5 Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
  • May 18 Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)
  • May 18 Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)
  • May 18 David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)
  • May 28 Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)