What Happened in July 1980

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 British runner Steve Ovett breaks countryman Sebastian Coe's world record for the mile in 3:48.8 in Oslo, Norway
  • Jul 1 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • Jul 2 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
  • Jul 2 Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
  • Jul 2 Comedy film "Airplane!" written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty premieres
  • Jul 3 US Open Senior Golf, Winged Foot: Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina wins inaugural event by 4 shots from William C. Campbell
  • Jul 3 Biggest MLB crowd in 7 years, 73,096 watch Indians beat Yankees, 7-0 at Cleveland Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 4 Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) fans Reds' Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon single crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 for his 5th straight Wimbledon crown
  • Jul 6 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 6 Phillies starter Steve Carlton fans 7 Cardinals to reach 2,836 strikeouts, the most by a left-handed pitcher in MLB history
  • Jul 7 Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 7 American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jul 7 Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe
  • Jul 7 Jineane Ford, (AZ) replaces S Weatherly (Miss Univ) as 29th Miss USA

  • Jul 7 Institution of Sharia law in Iran
  • Jul 7 The Safra massacre in Lebanon
  • Jul 8 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • Jul 8 All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 7 die in a stampede to see Pope John Paul II in Brazil

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jul 9 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten sentenced to 10 years
  • Jul 10 Willie Jones hospitalized for heat stroke with record 46.5°C temperature
  • Jul 10 Alexandra Palace in London burnt down for a second time
  • Jul 11 American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness
  • Jul 13 35th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • Jul 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 15 Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jul 16 Polish railway workers block railway to Russia

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 16 Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jul 17 Bolivian military coup; General Garcia Meza becomes president
  • Jul 17 Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president
  • Jul 17 Zenko Suzuki becomes Premier of Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 18 Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jul 18 Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France
  • Jul 18 Federal court voids Selective Service Act as it doesn't include women
  • Jul 18 Quett Masire installed as President of Botswana
  • Jul 18 Rohini 1, 1st Indian satellite, launches into orbit
  • Jul 19 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US and others boycott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jul 19 USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 20 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd of 5 Open titles, by 4 strokes from Lee Trevino

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Jul 20 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands
  • Jul 21 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins
  • Jul 23 Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jul 23 Soyuz 37 ferries 2 cosmonauts (1 Vietnamese) to Salyut 6
  • Jul 25 Train crash at Winsum, 9 die
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 27 Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • Jul 27 Sally Little wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic
  • Jul 28 Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaúnde Terry becomes president
  • Jul 30 Houston Astro pitcher J R Richard suffers a stroke
  • Jul 30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • Jul 30 American swimmers Mary T Meagher (2.06.37) and Craig Beardsley (1.58.21) both set 200m butterfly world records at the US National Swimming Championships at Irvine, California
  • Jul 30 13th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Jul 31 John Phillips of Mamas and Papas is arrested on drug charges
  • Jul 31 Rangers snap Orioles pitcher Steve Stone's 14-game winning streak
  • Jul 31 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
  • Jul 31 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • Jul 3 Roland Mark Schoeman, South African swimmer
  • Jul 3 Kevin Boyle, American basketballer
  • Jul 3 Olivia Munn, American actress (The Newsroom, X-Men: Apocalypse), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 3 Harbhajan Singh, Indian cricket spin bowler (103 Tests, 417 wickets), born in Jalandhar, India
  • Jul 4 Muhammad Ali Hasan, American filmmaker
  • Jul 4 Max Elliott Slade, American film actor
  • Jul 5 Jason Wade, American singer and musician (Lifehouse), born in Camarillo, California
  • Jul 5 David Rozehnal, Czech footballer, born in Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
  • Jul 6 Eva Green, French actress and model (Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 6 Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player
  • Jul 7 Michele Kwan, figure skater (Olympics 1994, Olympic silver 1998), born in Torrance, California
  • Jul 7 John Buck, American baseball player
  • Jul 7 Deidre Downs, American beauty queen
  • Jul 7 Kaisa Jouhki, Finnish vocalist (Battlelore)
  • Jul 7 Dan Whitesides, American drummer (The Used)
  • Jul 8 Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
  • Jul 10 Thomas Ian Nicholas, actor (American Pie, Rookie of the Year), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Person of interestJessica Simpson

Jul 10 Jessica Simpson, American singer and popstar ("I Wanna Love You Forever" "I Think I'm In Love" and "Where You Are"), born in Abilene, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • Jul 10 Alejandro Millán, Mexican singer and songwriter
  • Jul 10 Adam Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
  • Jul 11 T.J. Wilson, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Jul 12 Tina Tharp, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 12 Johanna Klum, German TV presenter
  • Jul 13 Lori Fredrickson, Aurora Ill, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
  • Jul 14 George Smith, Australian Rugby player
  • Jul 15 Jonathan Cheechoo, professional ice hockey player
  • Jul 15 Reggie Abercrombie, professional baseball player
  • Jul 15 Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
  • Jul 16 Adam Scott, Australian golfer (29 professional tournament wins), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jul 17 Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 17 Ryan Miller, American hockey player
  • Jul 18 Kristen Bell, American actress
  • Jul 18 Ryoko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer
  • Jul 19 Giorgio Mondini, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 19 Xavier Malisse, Belgian tennis player
  • Jul 19 Mark Webber, American actor
  • Jul 19 Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 2018)
  • Jul 20 Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian model
  • Jul 20 Mike Kennerty, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
  • Jul 21 Tailor James, Canadian model
  • Jul 21 CC Sabathia, American baseball player
  • Jul 21 Lee Camp, American comedian (Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 22 Scott Dixon, New Zealand auto racer (IndyCar Drivers' champion 2003, 08, 13, 15, 18), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Jul 22 Dirk Kuyt, Dutch footballer
  • Jul 22 Kate Ryan, Belgian singer
  • Jul 22 Tablo, Korean hip-hop musician (Epik High)
  • Jul 23 Michelle Williams, American singer (Destiny's Child), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Jul 24 Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner
  • Jul 25 Toni Vilander, Finnish racing driver, born in Kankaanpää, Finland
  • Jul 25 Diam's [Mélanie Georgiades], French rapper, born in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Jul 25 Shawn Riggans, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jul 26 Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41), born in Ajax, Ontario
  • Jul 26 Lee Dong-gun, South Korean actor, born in Gangnam District, Seoul

Person of interestJacinda Ardern

Jul 26 Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, (2017-present), born in Hamilton, New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern
  • Jul 27 Allan Davis, Australian cyclist, born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Jul 27 Dolph Ziggler [Nicholas Theodore Nemeth], American professional wrestler, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 28 Stephen Christian, American singer (Anberlin), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Jul 29 Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player (Los Angeles Angels), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Jul 29 Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
  • Jul 29 Rachel Miner, American actress
  • Jul 30 Sara Anzanello, Italian volleyball player
  • Jul 30 Chuck Thomas, British TV producer / presenter
  • Jul 30 James Anderson, English cricketer
  • Jul 30 Justin Rose, English golfer (2013 U.S. Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 31 Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player, born in Salesi, Samoa
  • Jul 31 Harry Potter, fictional character portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, born in Godric's Hollow, England

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 Actress Raquel Welch (39) weds producer André Weinfeld

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Actor Michael Biehn (23) weds actress Carlene Olson (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 12 US Senator Elizabeth Warren (31) weds law professor Bruce Mann

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 16 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (31) weds award winning arranger Bruce Sudano (31) in Los Angeles, California

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 24 Tennis star Björn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 31 Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Charles P. Snow, English novelist (Death Under Sail, Strangers and Brothers) and physical chemist, dies at 74
  • Jul 4 Maurice Grevisse, Belgian grammarian (b. 1895)
  • Jul 5 Archibald James Potter, Irish composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 6 Gail Patrick [Margaret Fitzpatrick], American actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy), dies of leukemia at 69
  • Jul 7 Reginald Gardiner, British actor (The Flying Deuces, The Great Dictator), dies at 77
  • Jul 9 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 11 Bolesław Woytowicz, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 11 Peggy Knudson, actress (April-So This is Hollywood), dies at 57
  • Jul 12 John W Davis, President (WV State college), dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (1966-80), dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • Jul 14 Felix Berezin, Russian physicist and mathematician (Berezin integral), dies at 49
  • Jul 15 Eddie Jackson, comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 15 Henri Martelli, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 16 Robert Brackman, American artist, dies at 81
  • Jul 17 Donald "Red" Barry, American actor (Adventures of Red Ryder, Jesse James' Women), commits suicide at 68
  • Jul 17 Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
  • Jul 18 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer (3 Tests for India 1932-34, 108 runs), dies at 76
  • Jul 22 Fred Kaps [Abram PA Bongers], magician (world champ 1955), dies at 54
  • Jul 23 Sarto Fournier, Mayor of Montreal (b. 1908)
  • Jul 23 Mollie Steimer, anarchist agitator and American political prisoner (b. 1897)

Person of interestPeter Sellers

Jul 24 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Pink Panther), dies at 54

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • Jul 24 Uttam Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 25 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • Jul 26 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang), dies of cancer at 59
  • Jul 26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet, dies at 52

Person of interestMohammad Reza Pahlavi

Jul 27 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran (Persia) (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Jul 28 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 29 Jan Tausinger, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 30 Charles McGraw [Butters], American actor (Spartacus, The Birds, The Killers, Smith Family), dies after falling through a glass shower door at 66
  • Jul 30 Norman Lloyd, American pianist, author and composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 31 Bobby Van, actor/TV host (Make Me Laugh), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 31 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)