Historical Events in October 1980

  • Oct 1 Cosmonauts Ryumin & Popov break space endurance record of 176 days

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 2 38 year old Muhammad Ali comes out of 2-year retirement to challenge undefeated world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; Ali pounded unmercifully for 10 rounds before corner throws in towel

  • Oct 2 Michael Myers (D-Pa), is 1st rep expelled in over 100 years (ABSCAM)
  • Oct 3 4 die in attack on a synagogue in Paris
  • Oct 4 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"

Baseball Record

Oct 4 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's 2-run homer off Stan Bahnsen in 11th inning gives Philadelphia, 6-4 win v Montreal and NL East title; Schmidt's 48th of the season; breaks Eddie Mathews' single-season MLB record for 3rd basemen

Sports History

Oct 5 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones wins the United States East Grand Prix to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 13 points from Nelson Piquet of Brazil

  • Oct 5 Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale, the Bronx NYC
  • Oct 6 Guyana adopts constitution

Music History

Oct 6 John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) sentenced to 3 months imprisonment on assault charges

  • Oct 7 Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns
  • Oct 8 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
  • Oct 8 USSR & Syria sign peace treaty
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 9 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Oct 9 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czesław Miłosz
  • Oct 10 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria

Film & TV History

Oct 10 Comedy film "Private Benjamin" is released starring Goldie Hawn

  • Oct 10 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat New York Yankees, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 10 Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network dedicated
  • Oct 10 Yanks lose 4-2 & are swept by Royals in AL Championship series
  • Oct 11 Cosmonauts Popov & Ryumin set space endurance record of 184 days
  • Oct 11 Dallas Mavericks open debut NBA season with a 103-92 victory against interstate rival San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena
  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 12 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box With God" closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC, after 149 performances
  • Oct 12 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in Los Angeles
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Houston Astros, 3 games to 2

Country Music Association Awards

Oct 13 14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris, and George Jones win

  • Oct 13 Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, NY
  • Oct 14 Phils rally from 4-0 deficit to beat the Royals, 7-6 to take WS opener

Historic Event

Oct 14 Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan promises to name a woman to the US Supreme Court

  • Oct 15 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Lawrence Klein
  • Oct 16 "Brigadoon" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances
  • Oct 16 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 17 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW v Qld (2-52 & 1-39)
  • Oct 18 Bernard Slade's stage comedy "Romantic Comedy", closes at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, after for 396 performances
  • Oct 18 Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA
  • Oct 18 Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT)
  • Oct 19 Steve McPeak rides 101'9" unicycle

Album Release

Oct 20 Geffen Records release their first album, Donna Summer's "The Wanderer"

  • Oct 21 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • Oct 21 Baseball World Series: Philadelphia Phillies beat KC Royals, 4-1 at Veterans Stadium to secure series, 4-2; first championship in franchise history; MVP: Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt

Election of Interest

Oct 21 Mikhail Gorbachev elected member of Politburo

  • Oct 21 Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history
  • Oct 22 4th government of Martens forms in Belgium
  • Oct 22 New South Korean constitution comes into effect
  • Oct 23 "Tintypes" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • Oct 23 McCosker (168) & Dyson (152) make 319 opening stand cricket, NSW v WA
  • Oct 23 Soviet PM Nikolai Tichonov succeeds Alexei Kosygin, due to illness
  • Oct 24 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 24 Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar

Music Single

Oct 24 John Lennon releases single "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK

  • Oct 24 Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity

#1 in the Charts

Oct 25 Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 25 Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

New York City Marathon

Oct 26 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins for 3rd straight year in 2:25:41.3; Alberto Salazar claims men's event in 2:09:41

  • Oct 26 St Louis Cardinals sack Baltimore Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times
  • Oct 27 Astros owner John McMullen replaces GM Tal Smith with Al Rosen
  • Oct 27 Dave Gryllis sets world bicycle speed record of 94.37 kph

Historic Publication

Oct 27 William Safire’s column entitled "The Ayatollah Votes" is published in the New York Times, and was later quoted in a campaign ad for Ronald Reagan in that year's presidential election

  • Oct 30 Honduras and El Salvador sign a peace treaty ending the "Football War"
  • Oct 30 NASA launches Flt Satcom-4
  • Oct 31 Julian Nott sets world hot-air balloon altitude record (16,806 m)
  • Oct 31 Polish government recognizes Solidarity trade union
  • Oct 31 Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat