What Happened on May 18, 1980

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • Donna White wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru
  • Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms

Notable FireworksMount St. Helens Erupts

Mount St Helens erupts in Washington state, causing the largest landslide in history, killing 57 people and costing $1 billion in damage
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  • People's Republic of China launches 1st intercontinental rocket

Famous Birthdays

  • Aileen Campbell, Scottish Politician
  • Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
  • Jeff Roehl, American football player

Famous Deaths

  • David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)
  • Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)
  • Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)