May 18, 1980 in History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in History

  • Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket
  • Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru
  • Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms.
  • Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die

Birthdays in History

  • Aileen Campbell, Scottish Politician

Deaths in History

  • David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)
  • Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)
  • Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)