October 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Cosmonauts Ryumin & Popov break space endurance record of 176 days
  • Oct 2 Michael Myers (D-Pa), is 1st rep expelled in over 100 years (ABSCAM)
  • Oct 3 4 dies in attack on synagogue in Paris
  • Oct 5 Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale, the Bronx NYC
  • Oct 5 Yanks set AL attendance mark at 2,627,417
  • Oct 6 Guyana adopts constitution
  • Oct 7 Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns
  • Oct 8 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
  • Oct 8 USSR & Syria sign peace treaty
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 9 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Oct 9 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czeslaw Milosz
  • Oct 10 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
  • Oct 10 Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network dedicated
  • Oct 10 Yanks lose 4-2 & are swept by Royals in AL Championship series
  • Oct 11 Cosmonauts Popov & Ryumin set space endurance record of 184 days
  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 12 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in LA
  • Oct 13 Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, NY
  • Oct 14 Phils rally from 4-0 deficit to beat the Royals, 7-6 to take WS opener
  • Oct 15 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Lawrence R Klein
  • Oct 16 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 17 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW v Qld (2-52 & 1-39)
  • Oct 19 Steve McPeak rides 101'9" unicycle

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 21 Mikhail Gorbachev elected member of Politburo

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Oct 22 4th government of Martens forms in Belgium
  • Oct 22 New South Korean constitution comes into effect
  • Oct 23 Soviet PM Nikolai Tichonov succeeds Alexei Kosygin, due to illness
  • Oct 24 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 24 Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar
  • Oct 24 Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Oct 27 William Safire’s column entitled "The Ayatollah Votes" is published in the New York Times, and was later quoted in a campaign ad for Ronald Reagan in that year's presidential election

American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • Oct 30 Honduras & El Salvador settle their boundary dispute
  • Oct 30 NASA launches Flt Satcom-4
  • Oct 31 Julian Nott sets world hot-air balloon altitude record (16,806 m)
  • Oct 31 Polish government recognizes Solidarity trade union
  • Oct 31 Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Shane Andrus, National Football League kicker
  • Oct 9 Ibrahim Fazeel, Maldivian Ffotballer
  • Oct 24 Zac Posen, American fashion designer
  • Oct 28 Kanzi, Most Literate Non-Human

Divorces in History

  • Oct 9 Princess Caroline of Monaco divorces Philippe Junot

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Valentin Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 46
  • Oct 15 Mikhail Lavrentyev, Russian physicist and mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Oct 16 Carl PM Romme, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (KVP), dies at 83
  • Oct 21 Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician and eponym of Asperger syndrome, dies at 74
  • Oct 24 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 33), dies at 30
  • Oct 26 Marcello J tie Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 John Van Vleck, American Physicist, Mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, dies at 81