Historical Events in 1980 (Part 3)

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Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 7 American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jul 7 Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe
  • Jul 7 Jineane Ford, (AZ) replaces S Weatherly (Miss Univ) as 29th Miss USA
  • Jul 7 Institution of Sharia law in Iran
  • Jul 7 The Safra massacre in Lebanon
  • Jul 8 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • Jul 8 All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 7 die in a stampede to see Pope John Paul II in Brazil

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jul 9 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten sentenced to 10 years
  • Jul 10 Willie Jones hospitalized for heat stroke with record 46.5°C temperature
  • Jul 10 Alexandra Palace in London burnt down for a second time
  • Jul 11 American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness
  • Jul 13 US Open Women's Golf, Richland CC: Amy Alcott scores convincing 9 stroke win over runner-up Hollis Stacy
  • Jul 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 15 Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jul 16 Polish railway workers block railway to Russia

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 16 Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jul 17 Bolivian military coup; General Garcia Meza becomes president
  • Jul 17 Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president
  • Jul 17 Zenko Suzuki becomes Premier of Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 18 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" album tops US charts, featuring "Its Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me"

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jul 18 Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France
  • Jul 18 Federal court voids Selective Service Act as it doesn't include women
  • Jul 18 Quett Masire installed as President of Botswana
  • Jul 18 Rohini 1, 1st Indian satellite, launches into orbit
  • Jul 19 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US and others boycott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jul 19 USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 20 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd of 5 Open titles, by 4 strokes from fellow American Lee Trevino

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Jul 20 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands
  • Jul 21 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins
  • Jul 23 Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jul 23 Soyuz 37 ferries 2 cosmonauts (1 Vietnamese) to Salyut 6
  • Jul 25 Train crash at Winsum, 9 die
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 27 Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • Jul 27 Sally Little wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic
  • Jul 28 Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaúnde Terry becomes president
  • Jul 30 Houston Astro pitcher J R Richard suffers a stroke
  • Jul 30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France

  • Jul 30 American swimmers Mary T Meagher (2.06.37) and Craig Beardsley (1.58.21) both set 200m butterfly world records at the US National Swimming Championships at Irvine, California
  • Jul 30 13th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Jul 31 John Phillips of Mamas and Papas is arrested on drug charges
  • Jul 31 Rangers snap Orioles pitcher Steve Stone's 14-game winning streak
  • Jul 31 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
  • Jul 31 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 1 Gerd Wessig of East Germany becomes the first male to set a high jump world record at the Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow)
  • Aug 1 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • Aug 1 Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • Aug 2 Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed
  • Aug 2 Cuban super-heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson becomes the 1st fighter to win 3 Olympic gold medals in the same division, scores 4-1 points decision over Pyotr Zayev (Soviet Union) in Moscow
  • Aug 3 Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein and Tom Yawkey are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Aug 4 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 4 Maury Wills becomes only the 3rd black manager in MLB history when Darrell Johnson is fired by Seattle Mariners after a 9 game losing streak
  • Aug 5 Montreal Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager in 11-5 win v Mets, for whom Doug Flynn hits MLB record tying 3 triples
  • Aug 6 University adm declares 5 Pac-10 schools ineligible for conference titles and post-season play due to transcript and curriculum abuses
  • Aug 7 Hurricane Allen ravages Caribisch area, about 70 killed
  • Aug 8 LBV Conference Center & Club Lake Villas open
  • Aug 9 Belgian constitution revised
  • Aug 10 PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC: Jack Nicklaus wins 5th and final PGA C'ship by a convincing 7 strokes from Andy Bean
  • Aug 10 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Richelieu Valley GC: Pat Bradley wins by 1 from JoAnn Carner for her first of 6 major titles
  • Aug 10 Allen, most powerful hurricane in Caribbean hits Brownsville, Tx
  • Aug 11 Angola revises its constitution
  • Aug 11 Mohammed Ali Radjai appointed premier of Iran

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Yanks Reggie Jackson hits his 400th HR off Chicago's Britt Burns

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Aug 12 Signature of the Montevideo Treaty establishing the Latin American Integration Association.
  • Aug 13 Suriname president Johan Ferrier ousted
  • Aug 13 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 1.5k woman's record (3:52.47) in USSR
  • Aug 14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale
  • Aug 14 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • Aug 16 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • Aug 16 Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
  • Aug 16 Jools Holland quits band Squeeze
  • Aug 17 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Aug 17 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Aug 17 Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history
  • Aug 18 KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400
  • Aug 19 George Brett ends hitting streak at 30
  • Aug 19 Saudi Arabian Lockhead Tristar crashes on landing at Riyadh, 301 die
  • Aug 19 Willy Russell's play "Educating Rita" premieres in London starring Julie Walters
  • Aug 20 NY Yankee Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, 2nd straight day
  • Aug 20 Pitts Omar Moreno steals record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season
  • Aug 20 Reinhold Messner of Italy is 1st to solo ascent Mt Everest
  • Aug 20 Cleve Dan Spillner, 545 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles
  • Aug 20 UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital
  • Aug 21 Linda Ronstadt opens in "Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway
  • Aug 22 Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale
  • Aug 22 Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes
  • Aug 23 Charles O. Finley sells Oakland A's MLB franchise for $12.7m to Walter Haas Jr. (owner & CEO of Levi Strauss)
  • Aug 24 Beth Daniel wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 24 Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion's musical "42nd Street" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 3486 performances
  • Aug 25 Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins arrested for possession of drugs
  • Aug 26 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • Aug 26 John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.
  • Aug 27 Chon Doo Hwan elected president of South Korea
  • Aug 28 37th Venice Film Festival: "Atlantic City" directed by Louis Malle and "Gloria" directed by John Cassavetes jointly awarded Golden Lion (first since 1968)
  • Aug 31 "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances
  • Aug 31 80th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Hal Sutton
  • Aug 31 Poland's Solidarity trade union federations forms and is offically recognised by the Polish government
  • Aug 31 The Gdańsk Agreement is signed.
  • Sep 1 Dutch embassy in Israel moves from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 15th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,103,787

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 1 Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope ends in Thunder Bay, Ontario with Fox unable to continue because of illness
  • Sep 2 Australian cricket batsman Kim Hughes becomes 3rd player to bat on all 5 days of a Test match as the rain affected Centenary Test peters out to a draw at Lord's; BBC's John Arlott calls his final match
  • Sep 4 Yes performs its last concert (Madison Square Garden)
  • Sep 5 Poland party leader Edward Gierek resigns
  • Sep 5 World's longest road tunnel, St Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens

  • Sep 6 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets women's 100k world record (7h 27m 22s) in Amiens, France
  • Sep 6 US College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for Macalester College (St. Paul)
  • Sep 6 Susan Powell (Okla), 21, crowned 53rd Miss America 1981
  • Sep 6 Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: In the centenary women's singles final, Chris Evert-Lloyd wins her 5th US title; beats Hana Mandlíková 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • Sep 7 32nd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ed Asner & Barbara Bel Geddes win. Notable for going ahead despite 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotting the event due to a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild.
  • Sep 7 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Series of Women's Golf
  • Sep 7 Cape Verde adopts its constitution
  • Sep 7 Earnest Gray becomes 2nd NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs St Louis)
  • Sep 7 Oakland A's pitch record 78th complete game of season
  • Sep 7 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic
  • Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: In centenary men's singles final John McEnroe retains title; beats Björn Borg 7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4
  • Sep 8 Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely due to drug arrest
  • Sep 10 Expos Bill Gullickson, sets rookie record of striking out 18
  • Sep 10 Peter Comita replaces Tom Peterson of Cheap Trick
  • Sep 11 Chile adopts its constitution
  • Sep 11 Ron LeFlore (91st) & Rodney Scott (58th), set teammate steal record
  • Sep 12 Military coup under General Kenan Evren in Turkey
  • Sep 13 1st United Negro College Fund
  • Sep 13 5th Toronto International Film Festival: "Bad Timing" directed by Nicolas Roeg wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 14 "Charlie & Algernon" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Sep 14 Dwight Clark begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 17 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • Sep 17 Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria
  • Sep 17 South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death
  • Sep 17 Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22
  • Sep 17 Iraq breaks 1975 treaty with Iran and proclaims sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Polish workers under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa found the Solidarity movement at the Gdańsk Shipyard

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • Sep 18 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • Sep 18 Royals Willie Wilson steals AL-record 28 consecutive base
  • Sep 18 Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station
  • Sep 19 Titan II missile explosion (Damascus, AR)

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 19 "Ordinary People" directed by Robert Redford and starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch is released (Best Picture 1981)

  • Sep 20 Bronze plaque dedicated to memory of Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 20 George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good
  • Sep 20 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out
  • Sep 21 LA Ram Johnnie Johnson scores a 99 yard interception
  • Sep 21 Richard Todd of NY Jets completes 42 passes in a game (NFL record)
  • Sep 21 Kerry GAA beat Roscommon GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 1-9 to 1-6 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.

  • Sep 22 Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway
  • Sep 22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono sign a recording contract with Geffen Records
  • Sep 23 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens

Music concertMusic Concert

Sep 23 Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Sep 24 Braves join every NL team with 1,000,000+ attendance for this season
  • Sep 24 Iraqi troops cross Iran's border, encircling Abadan
  • Sep 25 Chevy Chase calls Cary Grant a homo on Tomorrow show, a law suit follows
  • Sep 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 25 Jerry Mumphrey joins Ozzie Smith, & Gene Richards to steal 50 bases this year for Padres
  • Sep 25 The first congress of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan held in Kabul.
  • Sep 26 Bomb attack on Octoberfest in Munich, 12 killed
  • Sep 26 Cuban government closes Mariel Harbor ending "freedom flotilla"
  • Sep 26 Soyuz 38 returns to Earth
  • Sep 27 WHOT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM & 92.5 FM
  • Sep 27 Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing's world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.
  • Sep 28 "Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Sep 28 Carl Sagan's 13 part "Cosmos" premieres on PBS
  • Sep 28 Jaromir Wagner is 1st to fly Atlantic standing on wing
  • Sep 28 Jerilyn Britz wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • Sep 28 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones clinches his first World Formula 1 Drivers title by winning the Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit
  • Sep 29 Malcolm McDowell wed Mary Steenburgen
  • Sep 30 1,754 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 30 A's Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record at 98 en route to 100

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Sep 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 30 Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.
  • Oct 1 Cosmonauts Ryumin & Popov break space endurance record of 176 days
  • 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 dies in attack on synagogue in Paris

Sports record brokenBaseball 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

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
  • Oct 5 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones wins the United States East Grand Prix to claim his first World Formula 1 Drivers title; wins by 13 points from Nelson Piquet of Brazil
  • 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
  • Oct 8 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital
  • 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