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

Volcanic EruptionMount 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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Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupts
Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupts
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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, 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? 40 years, 6 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Taurus