What Happened in 1980

Significant 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 Gdansk, 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

  • 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 Allan Border becomes the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test Australia v Pakistan Third Test in Lahore
  • Apr 12 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • Oct 21 Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history

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

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
  • May 1 Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko (49) weds Bobi Ladawa
  • May 22 Actress Marlo Thomas & talk host Phil Donahue marry

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
  • Oct 6 Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) divorces actress Anne Byrne (37) after 11 years of marriage
  • Oct 9 Princess Caroline of Monaco divorces Philippe Junot
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