On This Day

Historical Events in 1980 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 781

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 31 Almost concurrent heavyweight boxing championship fights: Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for WBC title in Las Vegas, NV whilst Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for WBA belt in Knoxville, TN

Historic Event

Mar 31 President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry

  • Mar 31 The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.
  • Apr 1 Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
  • Apr 1 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 1 New York City's Transit Worker Union 100 begins a strike lasting 11 days.

Sports History

Apr 2 In his first full season in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky scores for Edmonton in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota North Stars to become the youngest player to reach 50 goals at 19 years and 2 months of age

Sports History

Apr 2 Montreal right wing Guy Lafleur scores twice to become the first player in NHL history to record 6 straight 50-goal seasons, as the Canadiens beat the Red Wings, 7-2 at Detroit

  • Apr 3 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

NHL Record

Apr 6 Gordie Howe completes a record 26th NHL season

  • Apr 6 Post It Notes introduced
  • Apr 7 Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis
  • Apr 8 Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
  • Apr 9 Belgium's Marten's government resigns
  • Apr 9 Los Angeles Kings tie NHL record with two shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Islanders)
  • Apr 9 Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6
  • Apr 11 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment

Music Single

Apr 11 Paul McCartney releases single "Coming Up"

  • Apr 12 BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
  • Apr 12 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • Apr 12 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • Apr 12 Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'etat, killing President William Talbert and 27 others, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession
  • Apr 12 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland
  • Apr 13 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" closes at Majestic Theatre, NYC, after 3,388 performances (including Broadhurst and Royale Theatre runs)
  • Apr 13 Musical "Reggae", starring Philip Michael Thomas, closes at Biltmore Theater, NYC, after 21 performances

US Masters Golf

Apr 13 44th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 23 year old Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his first Masters, 4 strokes ahead of Jack Newton and Gibby Gilbert

  • Apr 13 US and its allies boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest against Russia's invasion of Afghanistan
  • Apr 14 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida

Academy Awards

Apr 14 52nd Academy Awards: Best Picture "Kramer vs Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

Historic Event

Apr 14 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner's Song)

Sports History

Apr 16 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

  • Apr 16 Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
  • Apr 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 18 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
  • Apr 19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • Apr 20 Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
  • Apr 20 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria sees hundreds of Berber political activists arrested

Historic Event

Apr 20 Cuban President Fidel Castro announces he is opening the Mariel Port for Cubans to leave, about 125,00 leave in next 5-6 months

Boston Marathon

Apr 21 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers wins 3rd straight event and 4th overall title in 2:12:11; Jacqueline Gareau of Canada women's winner in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified for not running the entire course

  • Apr 21 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit Mich
  • Apr 23 Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
  • Apr 24 US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die

Sports History

Apr 25 A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan

  • Apr 25 Announcement of US hostage rescue bungle in Iran
  • Apr 25 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
  • Apr 26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 26 Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy
  • Apr 26 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120 feet

Sports History

Apr 26 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter, in 7-0 win over St. Louis Cardinals, at Veterans Stadium; 1st National League to record 6 1-hitters

  • Apr 28 Cyrus Vance, Carter's US Secretary of State, resigns
  • Apr 28 Reunion Arena in Dallas opens
  • Apr 28 US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance resigns in protest over the Iran hostage rescue attempt
  • Apr 29 Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. is founded
  • Apr 29 NFL Draft: Oklahoma running back Billy Sims first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Apr 30 "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • Apr 30 Ronald Harwood's play "The Dresser" premieres in London with Freddie Jones and Tom Courtenay
  • Apr 30 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
  • Apr 30 Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates; Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard becomes Queen
  • May 1 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances
  • May 1 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win
  • May 1 Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff)
  • May 2 Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder

Music History

May 2 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa

  • May 2 Pope John Paul II begins African tour
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 3 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02

Sports History

May 3 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR

  • May 3 Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins becomes 4th to win 100 games in AL & NL
  • May 4 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • May 4 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
  • May 5 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as the SAS and police storm the building
  • May 5 Konstantinos Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece

Historic Event

May 7 Yugoslav President Josip Tito is buried

  • May 7 Samm-Art Williams' "Home" premieres in NYC
  • May 7 Paul Geidel Jr, American murderer, and longest-serving prison inmate in the United States, paroled after 68 years, 296 days, at the age of 86.
  • May 8 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
  • May 8 World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated
  • May 8 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight departs Fort Baker, California. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian pilot the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • May 9 35 motorists die when roadway collapses after Liberian freighter 'Summit Venture' rams Sunshine Skyway Bridge, during a squall (Tampa Bay, Florida)
  • May 9 Slasher horror film "Friday the 13th" is released in US cinemas
  • May 10 "Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances

Baseball Record

May 11 Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

  • May 12 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight lands at Sainte-Félicité, Quebec. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian piloted the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • May 12 West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium; midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores winner with a rare header
  • May 13 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets
  • May 14 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • May 14 Department of Health & Human Services begins operation
  • May 14 Valencia of Spain wins 20th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 5-4 on penalties in Brussels
  • May 14 Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
  • May 15 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • May 15 Shawn Weatherly of South Carolina crowned 29th Miss USA, goes on to win Miss Universe
  • May 16 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • May 16 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
  • May 16 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album
  • May 16 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes

Sports History

May 17 105th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Codex wins his first of 2 Pimlico classics

  • May 17 V. S. Kumar Anandan from Sri Lanka balances on one foot for 33 hours (Guinness World Record)
  • May 17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured

Music History

May 17 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"

  • May 18 Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • May 18 People's Republic of China launches 1st intercontinental rocket
  • May 18 Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru

Mount St. Helens Erupts

May 18 Mount St Helens erupts in Washington state, causing the largest landslide in history, killing 57 people and costing $1 billion in damage

  • May 18 Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms
  • May 19 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances

Film & TV History

May 19 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

  • May 20 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated
  • May 20 Drummer Peter Criss quits rock band Kiss
  • May 20 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • May 20 In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism
  • May 21 US Coast Guard Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy

Music History

May 21 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

  • May 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton

Cannes Film Festival

May 23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film Release

May 23 Horror film "The Shining" released directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, based on book by Stephen King

  • May 24 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • May 24 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • May 24 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: In first Finals appearance, NY Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4 in OT for a 4 games to 2 series win
  • May 25 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • May 25 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins from pole position for his third Indy victory; sixth driver to win the race three times
  • May 26 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"
  • May 26 Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6
  • May 27 South Korean police ends people's uprising; 2,000 killed
  • May 27 The Gwangju Massacre: South Korean airborne and army troops retake city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 possibly many more
  • May 28 2 Oakland A's steal home in 1st inning
  • May 28 Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12'5"
  • May 28 24th European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Hamburg 1-0 at Madrid
  • May 29 John MacLachlan Gray's musical "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances, then moves to Off-Broadway
  • May 29 53rd National Spelling Bee: Jacques Bailly wins spelling elucubrate
  • May 29 Attempted assassination on Vernon Jordan Jr National Urban League president

Historic Event

May 29 JMW Turner's "Juliet & Her Nurse" sold for $6,400,000 in NYC

Sports History

May 29 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

  • May 30 1st papal visit to France since 1814
  • May 30 Tiger reliever John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires
  • May 30 Turner's painting "Juliet & Her Nurse" sells for $6.4 million
  • May 30 Twins Ken Landreaux ends his hitting streak after 31 games
  • May 31 "Love Stinks" by J. Geils Band peaks at #38
  • May 31 Police & youthful rebels battle in Zurich
  • 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 Micki Grant's musical "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances
  • Jun 3 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35
  • Jun 3 ESPN begins televising college world series games
  • Jun 3 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

Sports History

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

  • Jun 3 Mexican architect Luis Barragán is awarded architecture's Pritzker Prize at a ceremony at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.
  • 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
  • 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

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 8 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 performances
  • 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
  • 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

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

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

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

  • Jun 15 Jorge Orta of Cleveland gets 6 hits in a baseball game

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 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
  • Jun 20 California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs & double to beat Red Sox 20-2

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

Beatification

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

  • Jun 22 Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jun 22 UEFA European Championship Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: Horst Hrubesch scores a double as Germany beats Belgium, 2-1
  • 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

Television Debut

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

  • Jun 23 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation
  • Jun 23 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)

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 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)