Historical Events in June 1980

  • Jun 1 1st transmission of CNN, the Cable News Network
  • Jun 1 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa

Music Concert

Jun 1 Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in California

Baseball Record

Jun 1 First baseman Steve Garvey, hits the 7,000th Brooklyn / LA Dodgers home run in a 9-5 loss at home to the Atlanta Braves

  • Jun 2 "Your Arm's Too Short To Box With God" opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 performances
  • Jun 3 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35
  • Jun 3 ESPN begins televising college world series games

Historic Event

Jun 3 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination as US President

  • Jun 3 Mexican architect Luis Barragán is awarded architecture's Pritzker Prize at a ceremony at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.
  • Jun 3 Micki Grant's musical "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

Sports History

Jun 3 NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

  • Jun 5 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 7 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" closes at Morosco NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 7 "Cars" by Gary Numan hits #9
  • Jun 7 112th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Temperence Hill wins in 2:29.8

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert retains title; beats Virginia Ruzici of Romania 6-0, 6-3 for her 10th Grand Slam singles crown

  • Jun 7 Jeff Norman runs world record 50k (2:48:06)

Sports History

Jun 7 Tommy John wins his 200th, 3-0 on a 2-hitter

  • Jun 8 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 performances
  • Jun 8 34th Tony Awards: Children of a Lesser God & Evita win

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 3rd straight French title; beats American Vitas Gerulaitis 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

LPGA Championship

Jun 8 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: South African Sally Little wins first of her 2 major titles, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Jane Blalock

Music City News Awards

Jun 9 14th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn win

Film & TV History

Jun 9 Comedian Richard Pryor suffers severe burns from free basing cocaine

  • Jun 9 Phillies and SF Giants end their game at 3:11 AM
  • Jun 9 Soyuz T-2 returns to Earth
  • Jun 10 8 Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast using handguns smuggled into prison
  • Jun 11 K-Ingleside streetcar converts to METRO service (San Francisco)

Historic Event

Jun 12 Ronald Reagan says he will submit to periodic medical tests

Film Premiere

Jun 13 Deborah Harry and Meat Loaf film "Roadie" premieres

Music History

Jun 13 Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall"

  • Jun 13 Rep John Jenrette Jr (D-SC) indicted in "Abscam" investigation

Historic Event

Jun 13 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

Music History

Jun 14 Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32

  • Jun 15 "Fearless Frank" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Jun 15 Jorge Orta of Cleveland gets 6 hits in a baseball game

US Golf Open

Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Jack Nicklaus sets new tournament scoring record 272 (-8) to win his 4th Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Isao Aoki of Japan

Film Premiere

Jun 16 Musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers", starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and directed by John Landis, premieres in Chicago, Illinois

  • Jun 16 US Supreme Court rules that live, human-made micro-organisms created in labs could be patentable, in Diamond v. Chakrabarty

Album Release

Jun 17 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's fifth studio album "The River"; the 2-record set becomes a global smash, going top five in 8 countries

  • Jun 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa

World Record

Jun 18 Indian "human computer" Shakuntala Devi sets a world record by mentally multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds; She correctly answered that 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 = 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 !

  • Jun 19 Battle between police and demonstrators in Capetown, 34 killed
  • Jun 20 California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs & double to beat Red Sox 20-2
  • Jun 20 Musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers", starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and featuring appearances by Aretha Franklin; Cab Calloway; and Ray Charles opens in 594 theaters

Sports History

Jun 20 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous points decision

  • Jun 22 American golfer Don January beats Mike Souchak by 2 strokes to win the Atlantic City Senior International in Northfield, New Jersey; inaugural tournament of the Senior PGA Tour
  • Jun 22 Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours

Beatification

Jun 22 Pope John Paul II beatifies Kateri Tekakwitha, making her the 1st Native American to be beatified

  • Jun 22 UEFA European Championship Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: Horst Hrubesch scores a double as Germany beats Belgium, 2-1

Television Debut

Jun 23 "David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

  • Jun 23 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation

Historic Event

Jun 23 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails

  • Jun 23 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
  • Jun 24 Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million
  • Jun 25 "Fearless Frank" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 27 1st female state police graduates (NJ)
  • Jun 27 Dodgers' Jerry Reuss no-hits SF Giants 8-0
  • Jun 27 Italian plane crashes into Tyrrheense Sea, kills 81
  • Jun 27 US revives draft registration
  • Jun 28 NYC transit fare rises from 50 cents to 60 cents
  • Jun 28 The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series
  • Jun 29 "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances
  • Jun 29 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina wins inaugural event by 4 strokes ahead of amateur William C. Campbell; his Champions Tour debut
  • Jun 30 British sixpence demonetised after being in used since 1551 and 12 years after introduction of decimal currency
  • Jun 30 West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow