Historical Events in 1980

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  • Jan 1 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7
  • Jan 1 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • Jan 1 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • Jan 1 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Barbara Jordan wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Sharon Walsh 6-3, 6-3
  • Jan 1 Chrysler UK renamed Talbot

Historic Event

Jan 1 Comic strip "The Far Side" by Gary Larson debuts in The San Francisco Chronicle

  • Jan 1 International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • Jan 1 Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • Jan 1 Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • Jan 1 Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • Jan 1 Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 2 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas retains title for 4th and last Grand Slam win; beats American John Sadri 7-6, 6-3, 6-2

  • Jan 2 British Steel workers go on a national strike
  • Jan 3 Babrak Karmal defends the Soviet-backed coup in first public appearance since taking power as President of Afghanistan
  • Jan 3 Gold hits record $634 an ounce
  • Jan 6 "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances
  • Jan 6 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 27-13

Election of Interest

Jan 6 Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins elections in India

  • Jan 6 NFC Championship, Tampa Stadium: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-0
  • Jan 6 Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • Jan 6 The beginning of the first GPS epoch.

Historic Event

Jan 7 American President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan

  • Jan 7 Minnesota ends Philadelphia Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends

Album Release

Jan 7 Real Records releases "Pretenders", the debut album of The Pretenders, in UK

  • Jan 8 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • Jan 8 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • Jan 9 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 10 Last broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC

Sports History

Jan 12 Björn Borg of Sweden wins his first of 2 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles outclassing American Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 6–2 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Jan 12 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games during a 107-96 loss at the Golden State Warriors
  • Jan 13 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • Jan 13 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • Jan 13 Togo's constitution becomes effective
  • Jan 15 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London

Music History

Jan 16 Paul McCartney is arrested at Tokyo International Airport for possession of marijuana; he is sent to jail for nine days before being deported

  • Jan 17 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • Jan 17 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, kills three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • Jan 17 Roger Sessions' 9th Symphony, his last, premieres in Syracuse, New York with Christopher Keene conducting the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
  • Jan 18 7th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees & Kenny Rogers win
  • Jan 18 Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • Jan 18 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000
  • Jan 20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • Jan 20 Super Bowl XIV, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Jan 21 Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • Jan 21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal

Historic Event

Jan 22 Russian dissidents Andrei Sakharov and Yelena Bonner arrested in Moscow and banished to Gorky

  • Jan 22 West Indies beat England 2-0 to win cricket's 1st World Series Cup
  • Jan 25 Bani Sadr elected president of Iran
  • Jan 25 Dutch government demands boycott of Olympics
  • Jan 25 Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft
  • Jan 25 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported

Music History

Jan 26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

  • Jan 26 Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
  • Jan 26 Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • Jan 26 Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes
  • Jan 27 "Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 37-27; MVP: Chuck Muncie, New Orleans Saints, RB

Historic Event

Jan 27 Robert Mugabe returns to Rhodesia after 5 years in exile

  • Jan 28 New York coach Red Holzman wins his 600th NBA game, only the second (after Red Auerbach) coach at the time to reach the plateau, as the Knicks beat Golden State, 107-103
  • Jan 28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • Jan 29 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • Jan 29 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT

Historic Event

Jan 30 Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 31 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41
  • Feb 1 "Call Me" single released by Blondie (Billboard Song of the Year 1980)
  • Feb 1 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • Feb 1 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run
  • Feb 2 FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors
  • Feb 2 Mexican boxer Salvador Sánchez dethrones Danny “Little Red” Lopez as WBC world featherweight champion with a 13th-round TKO in Phoenix, AZ; Lopez champion since November 1976, 8th defence

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 3 30th NBA All-Star Game, Capital Centre, Landover, Md: East beats West, 144-136 (OT); MVP: George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs, SF

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 3 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Feb 3 Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
  • Feb 4 Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
  • Feb 4 Studio 54 holds its grand closing party on its last night in business
  • Feb 5 32nd NHL All-Star Game, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-3; MVP: Reggie Leach, Philadelphia Flyers, RW
  • Feb 5 Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel

Murder of Interest

Feb 6 John Wayne Gacy goes on trial for the murder of 33 young men in Cook County, Illinois

Music Concert

Feb 7 Pink Floyd premiere their live version of "The Wall" at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California

Sports History

Feb 9 Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game

  • Feb 10 Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 12 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Feb 12 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

Sports History

Feb 12 Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

  • Feb 13 Apollo Computer Inc incorporated
  • Feb 13 NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin
  • Feb 13 XIII Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, New York

Music History

Feb 14 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances

  • Feb 14 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins first of 3 gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics when he takes out 30k event; also wins relay and 50k gold
  • Feb 14 US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares

Olympic Gold

Feb 15 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 500m in Olympic record 38.03s; first of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid, New York

  • Feb 15 East German speed skater Karin Enke wins first of 3 career Olympic gold medals with victory in the 500m at Lake Placid Winter; wins 1,000m & 1,500m in Sarajevo (1984)

Sports History

Feb 15 NHL Oilers Wayne Gretzky assists on NHL-record-tying 7 goals, in 8-2 victory over Washington at Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton

  • Feb 15 Soviet cross-country skier Raisa Smetanina claims her 3rd of 4 career Olympic gold medals in 5k event at Lake Placid; also wins 10k and relay gold (Innsbruck 1976) and relay (Albertville 1992)
  • Feb 16 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 5,000m in Olympic record 7:02.29; second of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • Feb 16 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • Feb 17 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins ahead of Bobby Allison and Neil Bonnett
  • Feb 17 Derrynaflan Hoard of five priceless 8th/9th century liturgical vessels discovered with metal detectors on Derrynaflan Island, County Tipperary - one of Ireland's most exciting archaeological finds [1]
  • Feb 17 Sapporo downhill silver medallist Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria goes one better with gold at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • Feb 17 Swedish cross-country skier Thomas Wassberg earns first of 4 career Olympic gold medals in the 15k at Lake Placid; wins by 0.01s from Finland's Juha Mieto; closest margin of victory ever in Olympic cross-country skiing
  • Feb 18 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 18 Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • Feb 18 East German cross country skier Barbara Petzold wins first of 2 gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics in women's 10k; also takes gold as part of 4 x 5k relay team
  • Feb 18 Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • Feb 18 Soviet figure skater Irina Rodnina wins her 3rd consecutive Olympic pairs title at Lake Placid; gold medals with husband Alexander Zaitsev (1976, 80) and Alexei Ulanov (1972)
  • Feb 19 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,000m in Olympic record 1:15.18; third of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • Feb 19 Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • Feb 19 Swedish alpine skier Ingemar Stenmark wins the giant slalom from Andreas Wenzel of Liechtenstein at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; also takes slalom gold
  • Feb 19 Ulrich Wehling of East Germany wins his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the Nordic combined event at Lake Placid; winner Sapporo (1972), Innsbruck (1976)
  • Feb 19 Washington beats Montreal, 3-1 to end the Canadiens' 34 game unbeaten streak against Capitals; Caps 0-32-2 against Montreal since entering NHL in 1974
  • Feb 20 Soviet 2-time world champion team Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov win the Olympic ice dance gold medal at Lake Placid by just 0.96 from Krisztina Regőczy & András Sallay of Hungary
  • Feb 20 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the 4 x 10k relay; also wins 30k and 50k gold
  • Feb 21 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,500m in Olympic record 1:55.44; 4th of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • Feb 21 British figure skater Robin Cousins wins men's singles gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; goes on to pro career, TV analysis and stage performance & production
  • Feb 21 East German cross country skier Barbara Petzold wins her second gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the women's 4 x 5k relay team; also wins 10k gold
  • Feb 21 Liechtenstein becomes the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion as Hanni Wenzel wins the women's giant slalom at the Lake Placid Winter Games

Olympic Gold

Feb 22 "Miracle on Ice": US ice hockey team beats heavily favoured Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; Americans go on to win gold medal

  • Feb 22 Afghanistan declares martial law
  • Feb 22 Aleksandr Tikhonov of the Soviet Union earns his 4th straight gold medal as part of the 4 x 7.5k biathlon relay team at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • Feb 22 Soviet biathlete Anatoly Alyabyev wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the 4 x 7.5k relay team; also wins individual gold
  • Feb 22 Swedish World Cup and World champion Ingemar Stenmark wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, taking out the slalom; follows-on from giant slalom success
  • Feb 23 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins Olympic 10,000m in world record 14:28.13; sweeps all 5 speed skating events at Lake Placid; only athlete to win 5 gold medals at one Winter Games
  • Feb 23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 23 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spillage
  • Feb 23 Olympic giant slalom champion Hanni Wenzel of Liechtenstein wins the women's slalom, her second gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Games
  • Feb 23 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins his 3rd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics when he takes out the 50k event; also wins 30k and relay gold
  • Feb 24 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Feb 24 Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders

Olympic Gold

Feb 24 US ice hockey team clinches gold medal with 4-2 win over Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; comes after 4-3 "Miracle on Ice" victory against hot favorite Soviet Union

  • Feb 24 XIII Winter Olympic Games close in Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 25 British political comedy "Yes Minister" written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds premieres on BBC Two
  • Feb 25 Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
  • Feb 26 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • Feb 26 Military coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • Feb 26 New Zealand cricket captain Geoff Howarth 147 and Richard Hadlee 103 hold off West Indies pace quartet of Roberts, Garner, Holding and Croft during famous 2nd Test draw at Christchurch

Grammy Awards

Feb 27 22nd Grammy Awards: Song of the Year - Kenny Loggins' "What A Fool Believes"; Best Album - Billy Joel's "52nd Street"

  • Feb 27 Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors
  • Feb 27 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • Feb 28 "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)
  • Feb 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

NHL Record

Feb 29 Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Gordie Howe scores in the 3rd period to become first NHL player to score 800 career goals as Hartford Whalers beat St. Louis Blues, 3-0 at Springfield Civic Center

  • Feb 29 Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England
  • Mar 1 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, BJCC Coliseum, Birmingham, AL: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • Mar 1 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • Mar 1 American poet-singer Patti Smith (32) weds MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith (31) in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 1 Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • Mar 1 Snow falls in Florida
  • Mar 1 The US enacts the Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act as part of a compromise between the Carter Administration and the Congress over the decontrol of crude oil prices
  • Mar 2 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games with a miss in the Suns' 123-115 home win over the LA Lakers
  • Mar 3 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus is decommissioned
  • Mar 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Historic Event

Mar 3 Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Sports History

Mar 4 40th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

  • Mar 4 Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) comes to power, winning the parliamentary election in Zimbabwe, making Mugabe Zimbabwe's first black prime minister
  • Mar 5 Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49

Daytime Emmy Awards

Mar 6 Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time

  • Mar 6 French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
  • Mar 6 Princess Theater (Latin Quarter, Cotton Club) opens at 200 W 48th NYC

Film and TV Awards

Mar 8 6th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

  • Mar 8 Greg Chappell 235 & Yallop 172, for 217 stand at Faisalabad
  • Mar 8 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 9 Flemish and Walloon battle in Belgium, 40 injured
  • Mar 10 Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show
  • Mar 11 Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Aust v Pak cricket draw
  • Mar 12 Columbia Records releases "Glass Houses", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's seventh studio album; it features his 1st No.1 single - "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
  • Mar 12 Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago
  • Mar 12 NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin
  • Mar 13 American John Wayne Gacy receives the death sentence in Illinois for the murder of 12 people
  • Mar 13 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60)
  • Mar 13 Ford Motor Co found innocent in death of 3 women in a fiery Pinto
  • Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Jan Hoffmann GDR
  • Mar 14 Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • Mar 14 Ice Pairs Championship at Dortmund won by Cherkasova & Shakhrai (USSR)
  • Mar 14 Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch
  • Mar 15 England beats Scotland, 30-18 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to claim it's 18th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 8th Grand Slam and 15th Triple Crown
  • Mar 18 Vostok rocket explodes on the launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
  • Mar 20 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate radio Caroline sinks
  • Mar 20 US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran

Television Finale

Mar 21 On season finale cliffhanger of TV show "Dallas", villain J.R. Ewing is shot by unknown assailant

Sports History

Mar 23 18-year old American tennis star Tracy Austin wins her only WTA Tour Championship; upsets Martina Navratilova in the final 6–2, 2–6, 6–2 in NYC

  • Mar 23 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Old Dominion beat Tennessee 68-53 at Mount Pleasant

Sports History

Mar 23 Australian cricketer Allan Border becomes the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test, in the 3rd test vs Pakistan in Lahore

Historic Event

Mar 23 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi arrives in Egypt

  • Mar 23 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Nicaraguan National Literary Crusade begins: crusade teachers swear in plazas across the country to exterminate ignorance in just five months (will successfully reduce illiteracy from 50% to 12%) [1]
  • Mar 23 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass Country Club (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida): Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw
  • Mar 24 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC
  • Mar 24 42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA, 59-54; Cardinals' first title in first title game

Iran Hostage Crisis

Mar 24 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"

  • Mar 24 Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks on the LP "Rarites"
  • Mar 26 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • Mar 27 "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 27 "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Mar 27 Elevator in Vaal Reefs gold mine, South Africa plunges more than 1900m killing all 23 miners aboard

Mount St. Helens Erupts

Mar 27 Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years