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1980 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

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  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan promises to name a woman to the US Supreme Court

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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

Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire

  • Oct 30 Honduras and El Salvador sign a peace treaty ending the "Football War"
  • 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
  • Nov 1 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Nov 3 Ianford Wilson's "5th of July" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 4 Libyan invasion in Chad
  • Nov 4 Republican candidate Ronald Reagan is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Democrat US President Jimmy Carter by a landslide
  • 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
  • Dec 1 US Justice Department sues Yonkers siting racial discrimination
  • Dec 2 4 American Maryknoll nuns killed by death squads in El Salvador
  • Dec 3 NY Federal jury finds Reps Thompson D-NJ & Murphy, D-NY, guilty
  • Dec 5 Bank of Canada's Canadian Currency Museum opens
  • Dec 6 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 502
  • Dec 9 61°F in Boston at 1 AM
  • Dec 10 Soyuz T-3 returns to Earth
  • Dec 10 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Dec 11 Dirk Wellham scores 100 on 1st-class debut, NSW v Victoria
  • Dec 11 The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (known as either CERCLA or Superfund) is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
  • Dec 12 US's copyright law amended to include computer programs
  • Dec 12 Apple makes its initial public offering on the US stock market - 38 years later it would become the first US company valued at over $1 trillion
  • Dec 14 "Onward Victoria" opens and closes at Martin Beck NYC after 1 performance
  • Dec 14 Anders Kailur scores on 6th Islander penalty shot
  • Dec 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 14 Massacre at Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Los Angeles with 3 people killed and 6 injured
  • Dec 15 Premier Queddei troops conquers Chad capital N'djamena
  • Dec 15 ZBZ Sangha registered after 5 yrs of administrative hassles in Warsaw
  • Dec 16 President-elect Ronald Reagan announces Alexander Haig Jr. as 59th Secretary of State
  • Dec 17 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 17 Mauritania provisional constitution published
  • Dec 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts minister Van Agts abortion laws
  • Dec 18 IRA's Sean McKenna becomes critically ill, ends hunger strike
  • Dec 18 Vietnam adopts constitution
  • Dec 19 Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from St Kitts
  • Dec 19 Iran requests $24 billion in US guarantees to free hostages
  • Dec 19 Mutual Broadcasting cancels Sears Radio Theater
  • Dec 20 USSR formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin
  • Dec 22 US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints Jeanne Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior)
  • Dec 24 Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds
  • Dec 26 Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service.
  • Dec 28 Mexico terminated fishing agreements with US
  • Dec 29 Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A
  • Dec 31 After being struck by an orange thrown from the crowd West Indian fast bowler Sylvester Clarke knocks out a spectator with a brick during 4th Test against Pakistan in Multan
  • Dec 31 A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18
  • Dec 31 Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns

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