On This Day

What Happened on May 18, 1980

Historical Events

  • Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru
  • Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms

Mount 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

  • People's Republic of China launches 1st intercontinental rocket

Famous Birthdays

  • Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model (Channo), born in Lahore, Pakistan

Famous Deaths

  • David A. Johnston, American volcanologist, dies in Mount St. Helens eruption at 30
  • Harry Truman, American victim of Mount St. Helens eruption, dies at 83
  • Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • Reid Blackburn, American photojournalist for National Geographic & victim of Mount St. Helens eruption, dies at 28
1980 Highlights

About May 18, 1980

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 6 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Taurus