Historical Events in October 1980

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 2 Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Oct 2 Michael Myers (D-Pa), is 1st rep expelled in over 100 years (ABSCAM)
  • Oct 3 4 dies in attack on synagogue in Paris

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Oct 4 Mike Schmidt's 2-run HR clinches NL East title for Phillies

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Oct 4 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"
  • Oct 5 Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale, the Bronx NYC

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Oct 5 Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi Young win Portland Ping Team Golf Champ

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Oct 5 Yanks set AL attendance mark at 2,627,417
  • Oct 5 31st Formula One WDC: Alan Jones wins by 13 points
  • Oct 6 Guyana adopts constitution
  • 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

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Oct 8 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 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 Czeslaw Milosz
  • Oct 10 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
  • 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 10 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat New York Yankees, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 11 Cosmonauts Popov & Ryumin set space endurance record of 184 days
  • Oct 11 Dallas Mavericks first game at Reunion Arena, beat San Antonio 103-92
  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 12 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box" closes at Ambassador NYC after 149 performances
  • Oct 12 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in LA
  • Oct 12 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Houston Astros, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 13 14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris & George Jones wins
  • 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

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Oct 15 George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Oct 15 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Lawrence R 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 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
  • Oct 21 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • Oct 21 1st (& only) time Phillies win World Series (in 98 years)

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Oct 21 Mikhail Gorbachev elected member of Politburo

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 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

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 24 Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver

Music release#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

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Oct 26 10th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:25:41.3
  • Oct 26 11th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41
  • Oct 26 St Louis Cards sack Balt 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

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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

American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • Oct 30 Honduras & El Salvador settle their boundary dispute
  • 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