October 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Cosmonauts Ryumin & Popov break space endurance record of 176 days
  • Oct 2 Michael Myers (D-Pa), is 1st rep expelled in over 100 years (ABSCAM)
  • Oct 3 4 dies in attack on synagogue in Paris
  • Oct 5 Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale, the Bronx NYC
  • Oct 5 Yanks set AL attendance mark at 2,627,417
  • Oct 6 Guyana adopts constitution
  • Oct 7 Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns
  • Oct 8 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
  • Oct 8 USSR & Syria sign peace treaty
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 9 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville Tn
  • Oct 9 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czeslaw Milosz
  • Oct 10 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
  • Oct 10 Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network dedicated
  • Oct 10 Yanks lose 4-2 & are swept by Royals in AL Championship series
  • Oct 11 Cosmonauts Popov & Ryumin set space endurance record of 184 days
  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 12 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in LA
  • Oct 13 Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, NY
  • Oct 14 Phils rally from 4-0 deficit to beat the Royals, 7-6 to take WS opener
  • Oct 15 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Lawrence R Klein
  • Oct 16 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 17 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW v Qld (2-52 & 1-39)
  • Oct 19 Steve McPeak rides 101'9" unicycle

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 21 Mikhail Gorbachev elected member of Politburo

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Oct 22 4th government of Martens forms in Belgium
  • Oct 22 New South Korean constitution comes into effect
  • Oct 23 Soviet PM Nikolai Tichonov succeeds Alexei Kosygin, due to illness
  • Oct 24 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 24 Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar
  • Oct 24 Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity
  • Oct 26 10th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:25:41.3
  • Oct 30 Honduras & El Salvador settle their boundary dispute
  • Oct 30 NASA launches Flt Satcom-4
  • Oct 31 Julian Nott sets world hot-air balloon altitude record (16,806 m)
  • Oct 31 Polish government recognizes Solidarity trade union
  • Oct 31 Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Shane Andrus, National Football League kicker
  • Oct 9 Ibrahim Fazeel, Maldivian Ffotballer
  • Oct 24 Zac Posen, American fashion designer
  • Oct 28 Kanzi, Most Literate Non-Human

Divorces in History

  • Oct 9 Princess Caroline of Monaco divorces Philippe Junot

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Valentin Stepanovich Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 46
  • Oct 15 Mikhail Lavrentyev, Russian physicist and mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Oct 16 Carl PM Romme, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (KVP), dies at 83
  • Oct 21 Hans Asperger, Austrian psychologist (b. 1906)
  • Oct 24 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33), dies at 30
  • Oct 26 Marcello J tie Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 John Van Vleck, American Physicist, Mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, dies at 81