On This Day

June 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa
  • Jun 3 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35

Historic Event

Jun 3 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

  • Jun 5 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 7 Jeff Norman runs world record 50k (2:48:06)
  • Jun 8 34th Tony Awards: Children of a Lesser God & Evita win
  • Jun 9 Soyuz T-2 returns to Earth
  • Jun 10 8 Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast using handguns smuggled into prison
  • Jun 11 K-Ingleside streetcar converts to METRO service (San Francisco)

Historic Event

Jun 12 Ronald Reagan says he will submit to periodic medical tests

  • Jun 13 Deborah Harry and Meat Loaf film "Roadie" premieres
  • Jun 13 Rep John Jenrette Jr (D-SC) indicted in "Abscam" investigation

Historic Event

Jun 13 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

  • Jun 16 US Supreme Court rules that live, human-made micro-organisms created in labs could be patentable, in Diamond v. Chakrabarty
  • Jun 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa

World Record

Jun 18 Indian "human computer" Shakuntala Devi sets a world record by mentally multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds; She correctly answered that 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 = 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 !

  • Jun 19 Battle between police and demonstrators in Capetown, 34 killed

Beatification

Jun 22 Pope John Paul II beatifies Kateri Tekakwitha, making her the 1st Native American to be beatified

  • Jun 22 Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jun 23 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation

Historic Event

Jun 23 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails

  • Jun 27 1st female state police graduates (NJ)
  • Jun 27 Italian plane crashes into Tyrrheense Sea, kills 81
  • Jun 27 US revives draft registration
  • Jun 28 NYC transit fare rises from 50 cents to 60 cents
  • Jun 30 West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow
  • Jun 30 British sixpence demonetised after being in used since 1551 and 12 years after introduction of decimal currency

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 3 Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (2013-present), born in Doha, Qatar
  • Jun 5 Yasser Latif Hamdani, Pakistani constitutional lawyer
  • Jun 16 Brad Gushue, Canadian curler
  • Jun 23 Becky Cloonan, American comic book artist

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)
  • Jun 5 Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70

Henry Miller

Jun 7 Henry Miller, American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88

  • Jun 7 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)
  • Jun 9 Leonhard Huizinga, Dutch journalist and writer (Olivier & Adrian), dies at 73
  • Jun 12 Billy Butlin, South African-born British founder of Butlins holiday camps, dies at 80
  • Jun 23 Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • Jun 23 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies
  • Jun 23 Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • Jun 23 V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), dies at 85