Historical Events in 1980 (Part 4)

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Baseball Record

Sep 30 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record with his 97th in A's 5-1 win over Chicago White Sox; breaks Ty Cobb's mark of 96 set in 1915

  • Sep 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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

  • 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
  • Oct 7 Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns

Music History

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 Czesław Miłosz
  • Oct 10 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
  • 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

Music 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
  • Nov 1 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Nov 3 After acquiring MLB's Oakland A's for $12.7m, Walter Haas Jr. appoints himself CEO; leads team to 4 AL West Divisional titles and 1989 World Series Championship
  • Nov 3 Ianford Wilson's "5th of July" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 3 Walter Hass Jr becomes CEO of Oakland A's
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2)
  • Nov 4 Libyan invasion in Chad

Sports History

Nov 4 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton wins 3rd NL Cy Young Award

  • Nov 4 Republican candidate Ronald Reagan is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Democrat US President Jimmy Carter by a landslide
  • Nov 4 Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro-baseball's all-time HR run king with 868, retires
  • Nov 8 Voyager 1 space probe discovers 15th moon of Saturn

Historic Event

Nov 9 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran

  • Nov 10 Dan Rather refuses to pay his cabbie, CBS pays $12.55 fare
  • Nov 10 Iraq captures southern port of Khorramshahr
  • Nov 10 Poland acknowledges Solidarity union
  • Nov 11 Crew of Soyuz 35 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 37

Sports History

Nov 11 NY Islanders' future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Mike Bossy scores 4 goals in a 6-6 tie against visiting Minnesota North Stars

  • Nov 12 Baltimore's Steve Stone wins AL Cy Young Award

Historic Event

Nov 12 NYC Mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana

  • Nov 12 US space probe Voyager I approaches 77,000-mi (124,000 km) of Saturn
  • Nov 13 Gabriella Brum, 18, of West Germany crowned 30th Miss World; she resigns the next day because she wants to marry her 52 year old boyfriend
  • Nov 13 US spacecraft Voyager 1 sends back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn during its fly-by
  • Nov 14 Guinee-Bissau Premier Vieira fires President Luis Cabral
  • Nov 14 Kimberley Santos, 19 of Guam, crowned 30th Miss World
  • Nov 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sports History

Nov 15 30th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

  • Nov 15 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (a rollercoaster) opens at Disney World in Florida

Papal Visit

Nov 15 Pope John Paul II began 5 day visit to West Germany

  • Nov 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneer QB Doug Williams throws for 486 yards
  • Nov 17 John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK
  • Nov 17 WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station

Film Premiere

Nov 18 "Heaven's Gate" film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken premieres - one of the biggest box office bombs ever

Sports History

Nov 18 Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP

  • Nov 20 Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes 1st solar-powered flight
  • Nov 20 United Artists withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for re-editing

Historic Event

Nov 20 United Nations Gulf War mediator Olof Palme makes first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad

  • Nov 21 "Hi Infidelity" 9th studio album by REO Speedwagon is released
  • Nov 21 Fire at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84
  • Nov 21 Gene Michael named 25th New York Yankees manager, replacing Dick Howser, who resigns

Famous Photo

Nov 21 John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum

  • Nov 21 TV show "Dallas" episode "Who Done It" reveals 'Who Shot J.R.?', gets a then record 53.3 rating (over 83 million viewers, 76% of television watchers) in the US
  • Nov 22 Georgia tanker at Pilottown Louisiana, spills 1.3 million gallons of oil after an anchor chain causes a ship to leak
  • Nov 23 4,800 die in series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy
  • Nov 23 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos 3rd straight title; outclass Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 48-10
  • Nov 23 National Black Independent Party forms
  • Nov 24 "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs" 23rd studio album by Dolly Party is released
  • Nov 25 Coup in Burkina abolishes constitution
  • Nov 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Sports History

Nov 25 Imran Khan scores his 1st Test Cricket ton, 123 v WI Lahore

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 25 Sugar Ray Leonard regains WBC welterweight boxing crown when Roberto Durán quits in the 8th round of infamous “no mas” fight at the Superdome, New Orleans

  • Nov 25 Upper-Volta military coup under Col Saye Zerbo, President Lamizana flees
  • Nov 26 Columbia mated to SRBs & external tank at Vehicle Assembly Building
  • Nov 26 Mike Schmidt is unanimous choice as NL MVP
  • Nov 27 Soyuz T-3 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • Nov 29 45th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-18 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 "Banjo Dancing" closes at Century Theater NYC after 38 performances
  • Nov 30 "Perfectly Frank" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 16 performances

Theatrical Finale

Nov 30 "West Side Story" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 341 performances

  • Nov 30 Uruguay's new constitution rejected by referendum
  • Dec 1 46th Heisman Trophy Award: George Rogers, South Carolina (RB)
  • Dec 1 Mel Harris appears on M*A*S*H in "Cementing Relationships"
  • Dec 1 US Justice Department sues Yonkers siting racial discrimination
  • Dec 2 4 American Maryknoll nuns killed by death squads in El Salvador
  • Dec 3 Don Sutton, the winningest pitcher in Los Angeles Dodgers history, signs a 4-year contract with Houston; Astros career shortened by a patellar fracture; returns to Dodgers in 1988 after stints with 3 other MLB clubs
  • Dec 3 NY Federal jury finds Reps Thompson D-NJ & Murphy, D-NY, guilty
  • Dec 4 Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)

Music History

Dec 4 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

  • Dec 5 Bank of Canada's Canadian Currency Museum opens
  • Dec 6 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 502
  • Dec 7 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)

Sports History

Dec 7 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, Turnberry Isle CC: Arnold Palmer wins with a birdie on the 1st playoff hole against Paul Harney

  • Dec 8 "Bravo" network premieres on cable TV
  • Dec 8 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before he is murdered on the same day
  • Dec 9 61°F in Boston at 1 AM
  • Dec 10 Soyuz T-3 returns to Earth
  • Dec 10 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Television Premiere

Dec 11 "Magnum P.I." starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS

  • Dec 11 Dirk Wellham scores 100 on 1st-class debut, NSW v Victoria
  • Dec 11 The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (known as either CERCLA or Superfund) is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
  • Dec 12 Apple makes its initial public offering on the US stock market - 38 years later it would become the first US company valued at over $1 trillion
  • Dec 12 US's copyright law amended to include computer programs
  • Dec 13 "Perfectly Frank" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 14 "Onward Victoria" opens and closes at Martin Beck NYC after 1 performance
  • Dec 14 Anders Kailur scores on 6th Islander penalty shot
  • Dec 14 At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon
  • Dec 14 Massacre at Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Los Angeles with 3 people killed and 6 injured
  • Dec 14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • Dec 14 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20
  • Dec 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports History

Dec 15 NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M

  • Dec 15 Premier Queddei troops conquers Chad capital N'djamena
  • Dec 15 ZBZ Sangha registered after 5 yrs of administrative hassles in Warsaw
  • Dec 16 President-elect Ronald Reagan announces Alexander Haig Jr. as 59th Secretary of State
  • Dec 17 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 17 Mauritania provisional constitution published
  • Dec 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts minister Van Agts abortion laws
  • Dec 18 IRA's Sean McKenna becomes critically ill, ends hunger strike
  • Dec 18 Vietnam adopts constitution

Film Release

Dec 19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

  • Dec 19 Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from St Kitts
  • Dec 19 Iran requests $24 billion in US guarantees to free hostages
  • Dec 19 Mutual Broadcasting cancels Sears Radio Theater
  • Dec 20 USSR formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin
  • Dec 21 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • Dec 22 MLB St. Louis Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • Dec 22 US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints Jeanne Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior)
  • Dec 24 Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds
  • Dec 26 10th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Penn State beats #11 Ohio State, 31-19
  • Dec 26 Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service.
  • Dec 27 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78
  • Dec 28 Mexico terminated fishing agreements with US
  • Dec 29 Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) to Launch Complex 39A
  • Dec 30 "Wonderful World of Disney" last performance on NBC-TV

Football Awards

Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is named best European football player; beats German international teammate Bernd Schuster of FC Barcelona and Saint-Étienne midfielder Michel Platini

  • Dec 31 A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18
  • Dec 31 After being struck by an orange thrown from the crowd West Indian fast bowler Sylvester Clarke knocks out a spectator with a brick during 4th Test against Pakistan in Multan

Music Concert

Dec 31 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band's "The River Tour" concert at Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, New York) clocks in at almost 4 hours

  • Dec 31 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • Dec 31 Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns