July 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 2 Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
  • Jul 6 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 7 Institution of Sharia law in Iran
  • Jul 7 Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jul 7 The Safra massacre in Lebanon

Event of Interest

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

Event of Interest

Jul 9 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten sentenced to 10 years

  • Jul 10 Alexandra Palace in London burnt down for a second time
  • Jul 10 Sam Shepard's play "True West" premieres at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco [1]
  • Jul 10 Willie Jones hospitalized for heat stroke with record 46.5°C temperature
  • Jul 11 American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness
  • Jul 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of Interest

Jul 15 Billy Carter, the brother of US President Jimmy Carter, registers as a foreign agent of the Libyan government after it was revealed they paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars

  • Jul 16 Polish railway workers block railway to Russia

Presidential Convention

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

  • 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
  • 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 USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application
  • Jul 21 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins
  • Jul 23 River of No Return Wilderness Area, surrounding the Salmon River in Idaho, designated by 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 28 Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaúnde Terry becomes president
  • Jul 30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • Jul 31 Hurricane Allen forms in the Atlantic Ocean, will go on to become the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin with winds of 190mph (305km/h)
  • Jul 31 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
  • Jul 31 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 19 Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 2018)

Jacinda ArdernJacinda Ardern (42 years old)

Jul 26 Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017-23), born in Hamilton, New Zealand

Weddings in History

Elizabeth Warren

Jul 12 US Senator Elizabeth Warren (31) weds law professor Bruce Mann

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Charles P. Snow, English novelist (Death Under Sail, Strangers and Brothers) and physical chemist, dies at 74
  • Jul 4 Maurice Grevisse, Belgian grammarian (b. 1895)
  • Jul 12 John W Davis, President (WV State college), dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (1966-80), dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • Jul 14 Felix Berezin, Russian physicist and mathematician (Berezin integral), dies at 49
  • Jul 16 Robert Brackman, American artist, dies at 81
  • Jul 17 Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
  • Jul 20 Gerard Croiset, Dutch parapsychologist, dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Fred Kaps [Abram PA Bongers], magician (world champ 1955), dies at 54
  • Jul 23 Mollie Steimer, American political prisoner and anarchist agitator, dies at 82
  • Jul 23 Sarto Fournier, Mayor of Montreal (b. 1908)
  • Jul 26 François Louis Ganshof, Belgian medieval historian, dies at 85
  • Jul 26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet, dies at 52

Mohammad Reza PahlaviMohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980)

Jul 27 last Shah of Iran (Persia) (1941-79), dies in Cairo of splenomegaly at 60