On This Day

November 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Nov 3 Ianford Wilson's "5th of July" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 4 Libyan invasion in Chad

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 4 Republican candidate Ronald Reagan is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Democrat US President Jimmy Carter by a landslide

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Nov 8 Voyager 1 space probe discovers 15th moon of Saturn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 9 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • Nov 10 Poland acknowledges Solidarity union
  • Nov 10 Iraq captures southern port of Khorramshahr
  • Nov 11 Crew of Soyuz 35 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 37
  • Nov 12 Baltimore's Steve Stone wins AL Cy Young Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 12 NYC Mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch
  • Nov 12 US space probe Voyager I approaches 77,000-mi (124,000 km) of Saturn
  • Nov 13 US spacecraft Voyager 1 sends back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn
  • Nov 14 Guinee-Bissau Premier Vieira fires President Luis Cabral
  • Nov 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

BeatificationPapal Visit

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Nov 20 Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes 1st solar-powered flight
  • Nov 20 United Nations Gulf War mediator Olof Palme makes first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad
  • Nov 21 Fire at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84
  • Nov 21 "Hi Infidelity" 9th studio album by REO Speedwagon is released
  • 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 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
  • 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 27 Soyuz T-3 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • Nov 30 Uruguay's new constitution rejected by referendum

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 3 Hans Andersen, Danish speedway rider (captain Denmark Speedway World Cup gold 2006, 08), born in Odense, Denmark
  • Nov 16 Nicole Gius, Italian alpine skier, born in Schlanders, Italy
  • Nov 16 Carol Huynh, 2008 Canadian Gold Medalist (48 kg. wrestling), born in Hazelton, Canada
  • Nov 21 Alec Brownstein, American author, director
  • Nov 22 Shawn Fanning, American Internet entrepreneur (Napster)
  • Nov 23 David Britz, American nano-technologist
  • Nov 25 Kushan Liyanarachchi, Sri Lankan, prominent Live Buddhism Practitioner

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 11 Novelist Norman Mailer (57) weds Norris Church (31) in Brooklyn, New York

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • Nov 24 Ronald Reagan Jr marries Doria Palmieri

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 27 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (50) marries 2nd wife British writer and historian Antonia Frazer (48)

Playwright Harold Pinter
Playwright
Harold Pinter

Deaths in History

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Nov 3 Ludwig Hohl, writer, dies
  • Nov 4 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer, 1st female in Canada to get bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, dies at 75
  • Nov 7 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, dies at 73
  • Nov 12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer and dissident (Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984), dies in a car accident at 42
  • Nov 12 Haya Victoria van Someren-Downer [Gerarda Victoria Downer], Dutch politician, dies at 54
  • Nov 20 John McEwen, 18th Prime Minister of Australia (1967-68), dies at 80
  • Nov 22 Norah McGuinness, Northern Irish painter (b. 1901)
  • Nov 23 Thien-an Thich, Zen teacher/Vietnamese Rinzai line, dies in LA at 54
  • Nov 24 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (b. 1897)
  • Nov 27 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)

Person of interestDorothy Day

Nov 29 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, dies of a heart attack at 83

Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day