On This Day

August 1980 in History

Events in History

  • 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 4 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean
  • Aug 6 University adm declares 5 Pac-10 schools ineligible for conference titles and post-season play due to transcript and curriculum abuses
  • Aug 8 LBV Conference Center & Club Lake Villas open
  • Aug 9 Belgian constitution revised
  • 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
  • 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

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale for president

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale
  • Aug 14 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • Aug 16 Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
  • Aug 16 Jools Holland quits band Squeeze
  • Aug 17 Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history
  • Aug 19 Saudi Arabian Lockhead Tristar crashes on landing at Riyadh, 301 die
  • 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 UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital
  • Aug 21 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) founded in a basement office in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Aug 22 Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes
  • Aug 24 Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch
  • 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 31 Poland's Solidarity trade union federations forms and is officially recognised by the Polish government
  • Aug 31 The Gdańsk Agreement is signed, allowing Polish citizens to bring democratic changes within the communist political structure

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 8 Pat Noonan, American footballer
  • Aug 10 Kaysar Ridha, Iraqi-American reality TV contestant
  • Aug 31 Laura Mulleavy, American fashion designer (Rodarte), born in California

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 8 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 8 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break sound barrier, dies at 74
  • Aug 8 Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer, dies at 70
  • Aug 9 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • Aug 11 Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
  • Aug 19 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91
  • Aug 22 James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer, dies of a stroke at 81
  • Aug 22 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (Mercedes Benz), dies at 89
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 60
  • Aug 26 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)