January 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Chrysler UK renamed Talbot

Event of Interest

Jan 1 Comic strip "The Far Side" by Gary Larson debuts in The San Francisco Chronicle

  • Jan 1 International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • Jan 1 Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • Jan 1 Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • Jan 1 Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • Jan 1 Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.
  • Jan 2 British Steel workers go on a national strike
  • Jan 3 Babrak Karmal defends the Soviet-backed coup in first public appearance since taking power as President of Afghanistan
  • Jan 3 Gold hits record $634 an ounce

Election of Interest

Jan 6 Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins elections in India

  • Jan 6 The beginning of the first GPS epoch.

Event of Interest

Jan 7 US President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan

  • Jan 9 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 13 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • Jan 13 Togo's constitution becomes effective
  • Jan 15 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London
  • Jan 17 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • Jan 17 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, kills three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • Jan 18 Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • Jan 18 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Jan 21 Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • Jan 25 Bani Sadr elected president of Iran
  • Jan 25 Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft
  • Jan 26 Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • Jan 26 Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes

Event of Interest

Jan 27 Robert Mugabe returns to Rhodesia after 5 years in exile

  • Jan 28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • Jan 29 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians

Event of Interest

Jan 30 Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 31 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Elin Nordegren, Swedish model
  • Jan 3 Liya Kebede, Ethiopian model
  • Jan 5 Bennie Joppru, National Football League tight end, born in Dickinson, North Dakota
  • Jan 11 Lovieanne Jung, American softball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 14 Sosuke Sumitani, Japanese announcer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 17 Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • Jan 20 Philippe Cousteau Jr., French oceanographer and grandson of Jacques Cousteau, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 22 Subhash Ram Prajapati, Nepalese writer, born in Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Jan 28 Jesse James, American drug dealer and fugitive, born in Hollywood, California

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Pietro Nenni, Italian socialist politician (Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs), dies at 88
  • Jan 3 Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38

Joy AdamsonJoy Adamson (1910-1980)

Jan 3 Austrian naturalist and author (Born Free), murdered at 69 by her servant

  • Jan 8 John Mauchly, American physicist who with J. Presper Eckert, designed the first general purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 George Meany, American labor leader ((AFL-CIO), dies at 86
  • Jan 11 Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 14 Robert Ardrey, American author (b. 1908)
  • Jan 16 Anna Maria Franciska van Wageningen-Salomons, Dutch author (Girl Student), dies at 94
  • Jan 18 Cecil Beaton, British photographer, dies at 76
  • Jan 19 William O. Douglas, American member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81