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
  • Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die
  • 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)