On This Day

What Happened in 1980

Important Events

  • Apr 20 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria sees hundreds of Berber political activists arrested
  • May 5 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as the SAS and police storm the building
  • May 8 World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated
  • Aug 14 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • Sep 22 Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway
  • Nov 9 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran
  • Nov 13 US spacecraft Voyager 1 sends back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn

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1980 in Film & TV

  • May 23 Horror film "The Shining" released directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, based on book by Stephen King
  • Jun 1 1st transmission of CNN, the Cable News Network
  • Sep 7 32nd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ed Asner & Barbara Bel Geddes win. Notable for going ahead despite 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotting the event due to a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild.

1980 in Music

1980 in Sport

  • Jan 20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • Feb 29 Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals
  • Mar 23 Australian cricketer Allan Border becomes the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test, in the 3rd test vs Pakistan in Lahore
  • Apr 12 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games

Did You Know?

175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

On January 26, 1980


World Leaders in 1980

Famous People in 1980

Would You Believe?

Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England

On February 29, 1980

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 14 Actor Samuel L. Jackson (31) weds sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson (30)
  • Feb 20 Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
  • Mar 29 77th Prime Minister of UK Tony Blair (26) weds barrister and lecturer Cherie Booth

Famous Divorces

  • Feb 8 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after 9 years of marriage
  • Jul 31 Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage
  • Sep 5 Lawyer Kathleen St. Johns divorces best-selling author Michael Crichton (37) after nearly 2 years of marriage

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