Historical Events on August 1, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • Gerd Wessig of East Germany becomes the first male to set a high jump world record at the Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow)