What Happened in June 1980

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 1st transmission of CNN, the Cable News Network
  • Jun 1 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa

Music Concert

Jun 1 Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in California

Baseball Record

Jun 1 First baseman Steve Garvey, hits the 7,000th Brooklyn / LA Dodgers home run in a 9-5 loss at home to the Atlanta Braves

  • Jun 2 "Your Arm's Too Short To Box With God" opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 performances
  • Jun 3 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35
  • Jun 3 ESPN begins televising college world series games

Historic Event

Jun 3 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination as US President

  • Jun 3 Mexican architect Luis Barragán is awarded architecture's Pritzker Prize at a ceremony at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.
  • Jun 3 Micki Grant's musical "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

Sports History

Jun 3 NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

  • Jun 5 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 7 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" closes at Morosco NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 7 "Cars" by Gary Numan hits #9
  • Jun 7 112th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Temperence Hill wins in 2:29.8

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert retains title; beats Virginia Ruzici of Romania 6-0, 6-3 for her 10th Grand Slam singles crown

  • Jun 7 Jeff Norman runs world record 50k (2:48:06)

Sports History

Jun 7 Tommy John wins his 200th, 3-0 on a 2-hitter

  • Jun 8 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 performances
  • Jun 8 34th Tony Awards: Children of a Lesser God & Evita win

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 3rd straight French title; beats American Vitas Gerulaitis 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

  • Jun 8 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: South African Sally Little wins first of her 2 major titles, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Jane Blalock

Music City News Awards

Jun 9 14th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn win

Film & TV History

Jun 9 Comedian Richard Pryor suffers severe burns from free basing cocaine

  • Jun 9 Phillies and SF Giants end their game at 3:11 AM
  • Jun 9 Soyuz T-2 returns to Earth
  • Jun 10 8 Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast using handguns smuggled into prison
  • Jun 11 K-Ingleside streetcar converts to METRO service (San Francisco)

Historic Event

Jun 12 Ronald Reagan says he will submit to periodic medical tests

Film Premiere

Jun 13 Deborah Harry and Meat Loaf film "Roadie" premieres

Music History

Jun 13 Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall"

  • Jun 13 Rep John Jenrette Jr (D-SC) indicted in "Abscam" investigation

Historic Event

Jun 13 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

Music History

Jun 14 Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32

  • Jun 15 "Fearless Frank" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Jun 15 Jorge Orta of Cleveland gets 6 hits in a baseball game

US Golf Open

Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Jack Nicklaus sets new tournament scoring record 272 (-8) to win his 4th Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Isao Aoki of Japan

Film Premiere

Jun 16 Musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers", starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and directed by John Landis, premieres in Chicago, Illinois

  • Jun 16 US Supreme Court rules that live, human-made micro-organisms created in labs could be patentable, in Diamond v. Chakrabarty

Album Release

Jun 17 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's fifth studio album "The River"; the 2-record set becomes a global smash, going top five in 8 countries

  • Jun 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa

World Record

Jun 18 Indian "human computer" Shakuntala Devi sets a world record by mentally multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds; She correctly answered that 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 = 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 !

  • Jun 19 Battle between police and demonstrators in Capetown, 34 killed
  • Jun 20 California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs & double to beat Red Sox 20-2
  • Jun 20 Musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers", starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and featuring appearances by Aretha Franklin; Cab Calloway; and Ray Charles opens in 594 theaters

Sports History

Jun 20 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous points decision

  • Jun 22 American golfer Don January beats Mike Souchak by 2 strokes to win the Atlantic City Senior International in Northfield, New Jersey; inaugural tournament of the Senior PGA Tour
  • Jun 22 Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours


Jun 22 Pope John Paul II beatifies Kateri Tekakwitha, making her the 1st Native American to be beatified

  • Jun 22 UEFA European Championship Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: Horst Hrubesch scores a double as Germany beats Belgium, 2-1

Television Debut

Jun 23 "David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

  • Jun 23 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation

Historic Event

Jun 23 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails

  • Jun 23 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
  • Jun 24 Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million
  • Jun 25 "Fearless Frank" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 27 1st female state police graduates (NJ)
  • Jun 27 Dodgers' Jerry Reuss no-hits SF Giants 8-0
  • Jun 27 Italian plane crashes into Tyrrheense Sea, kills 81
  • Jun 27 US revives draft registration
  • Jun 28 NYC transit fare rises from 50 cents to 60 cents
  • Jun 28 The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series
  • Jun 29 "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances
  • Jun 29 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina wins inaugural event by 4 strokes ahead of amateur William C. Campbell; his Champions Tour debut
  • Jun 30 British sixpence demonetised after being in used since 1551 and 12 years after introduction of decimal currency
  • Jun 30 West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Oliver James, British actor

Abby Wambach

Jun 2 Abby Wambach, American Soccer player (world record for international goals), born in Rochester, New York

  • Jun 2 Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-born rock drummer (The Strokes), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Jun 3 Lazaros Papadopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • Jun 3 Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (2013-present), born in Doha, Qatar
  • Jun 4 François Beauchemin, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 5 Sutee Suksomkit, Thai football player, born in Trat, Thailand
  • Jun 5 Yasser Latif Hamdani, Pakistani constitutional lawyer
  • Jun 6 Matt Belisle, American baseball player
  • Jun 9 Lehlohonolo Seema, Lesotho footballer
  • Jun 9 Mike Fontenot, American baseball player
  • Jun 9 Udonis Haslem, American basketball player
  • Jun 10 Francelino Matuzalem, Brazilian footballer, born in Natal, Brazil
  • Jun 10 Jessica Di Cicco, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 11 Jeong Jang, South Korean golfer (Women's British Open 2005), born in Daejeon, South Korea
  • Jun 11 Yhency Brazobán, Dominican baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jun 12 Larry Foote, American football linebacker (Super Bowl 2005, 08 Pittsburgh Steelers) and assistant coach (Super Bowl 2021 TB Buccaneers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 12 Marco Bortolami, Italian rugby union player, born in Padua, Veneto, Italy
  • Jun 13 Darius Vassell, English footballer
  • Jun 13 Florent Malouda, French footballer
  • Jun 13 Markus Winkelhock, German racing driver
  • Jun 13 Sarah Connor [Lewe], German singer ("From Sarah With Love"; ""Skin On Skin"), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 15 Almudena Cid, Spanish gymnast
  • Jun 16 Brad Gushue, Canadian curler (2006 Olympic Gold), born in St Johns, Newfoundland
  • Jun 16 Daré Nibombé, Togolese footballer
  • Jun 16 Joey Yung, Hong Kong singer
  • Jun 16 Martin Stranzl, Austrian footballer (1860 Munich, Austria), born in Gussing, Austria
  • Jun 16 Nehir Erdoğan, Turkish actress (Tatli bela Fadime), born in Izmir, Turkey
  • Jun 17 Brittney McConn, American figure skater (1997 Eastern Sr champ), born in Largo, Florida
  • Jun 17 Kimeru, Japanese singer and actor (The Prince of Tennis), born in Kumamoto-ken

Venus Williams

Jun 17 Venus Williams, American Tennis Star considered one of the all-time greats of women's tennis, born in Lynwood, California

  • Jun 18 Antonio Gates, American football player
  • Jun 18 David Giuntoli, American actor (Grimm; A Million Little Things), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jun 18 Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer and songwriter
  • Jun 19 Adel Abdulaziz, Emiratie football player
  • Jun 19 Dante Robinson, American football player
  • Jun 19 Jason White, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2003; unanimous All-American 2003, U of Oklahoma), born in Tuttle, Oklahoma
  • Jun 19 Lauren Lee Smith, Canadian actress
  • Jun 20 (Euphemia LatiQue) "Tika" Sumpter, American model, actress, and producer (One Life to Live; The Haves and the Have Nots; Southside with You), born in Queens, New York City
  • Jun 20 Carlo Festuccia, Italian rugby union footballer
  • Jun 20 Fabian Wegmann, German road racing cyclist
  • Jun 20 Franco Semioli, Italian footballer
  • Jun 20 Tony Lovato, American singer and guitarist (Mest), born in Blue Island, Illinois
  • Jun 21 Richard Jefferson, American basketball player
  • Jun 21 Sendy Rleal, Dominican baseball player
  • Jun 23 Becky Cloonan, American comic book artist
  • Jun 23 Francesca Schiavone, Italian tennis player (French Open 2010), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jun 23 Melissa Rauch, actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in Marlboro Township, New Jersey
  • Jun 23 Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer
  • Jun 24 Andrew Jones, Australian racing driver
  • Jun 24 Cicinho, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 24 Liane Balaban, Canadian actress (Supernatural), born in North York, Ontario
  • Jun 24 Minka Kelly, American actress (Friday Night Lights), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 25 Maja Latinović, Serbian model, born in Banatsko Veliko Selo, Kikinda, Serbia
  • Jun 25 Nozomi Takeuchi, Japanese actress, born in Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
  • Jun 26 Chris Shelton, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jun 26 Jason Schwartzman, American actor (The Darjeeling Limited), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 26 Michael Vick, American football player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Jun 26 Sinik [Thomas Idir], French singer and rapper (Six o Nine (6-0-9)), born in Paris
  • Jun 27 Kevin Pietersen, English cricketer, born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Jun 29 Katherine Jenkins, Welsh soprano singer and songwriter, born in Neath, Wales
  • Jun 29 Martin Truex Jr, American auto racer (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion 2017), born in Mayetta, New Jersey
  • Jun 29 Mel Peachey, British television personality (PlayMania), born in London
  • Jun 30 Rade Prica, Swedish footballer, born in Ljungby, Sweden

Famous Weddings

Mel Gibson

Jun 7 Actor Mel Gibson (24) weds Robyn Moore (24) in Forestville, New South Wales

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)

Rube Marquard

Jun 1 Rube Marquard, American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL wins leader 1912; NL strikeout leader 1911; no-hitter 1915; NY Giants), dies at 93

  • Jun 4 Charles Miller, American rock-funk flutist, saxophonist, and singer (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), stabbed to death during a mugging in Los Angeles at 41
  • Jun 5 Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70
  • Jun 7 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)

Henry Miller

Jun 7 Henry Miller, American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88

  • Jun 7 Richard Bonnelli, actor (Enter Madame), dies
  • Jun 8 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor, dies at 80
  • Jun 9 Leonhard Huizinga, Dutch journalist and writer (Olivier & Adrian), dies at 73
  • Jun 10 Denys Morkel, South African cricketer (batsman scored 663 runs 1927-32), dies
  • Jun 12 Billy Butlin, South African-born British founder of Butlins holiday camps, dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Milburn Stone, American actor (Gunsmoke, Pickup on South Street), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • Jun 18 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), dies at 76
  • Jun 18 Terence Fisher, English film director (Hammer Films), dies at 76
  • Jun 20 Allan Pettersson, Swedish violist and composer (Symphony No. 7), dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • Jun 23 Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • Jun 23 John Laurie, Scottish actor (Hamlet, The 39 Steps, Jericho, Island of Desire), dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Odile Versois, actress (Nude in a White Car, Young Lovers), dies
  • Jun 23 Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • Jun 23 V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), dies at 85
  • Jun 23 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies
  • Jun 27 Albany "Barney" Bigard, Creole-American jazz clarinetist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-42 - "Mood Indigo"), dies at 74
  • Jun 28 Helen Gahagan Douglas, American actress and politician (Nixon's 1st opponent for the United States Senate in 1950), dies at 79
  • Jun 28 Herbie Faye, comedian (Doc, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 81
  • Jun 28 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor, dies at 84
  • Jun 28 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, dies at 58
  • Jun 30 Virginia Brown Faire, American silent film actress (Lonesome Trail, Temptress), dies at 76