Events in History in 1980

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  • Jan 1 Chrysler UK renamed Talbot
  • Jan 1 International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • Jan 1 Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • Jan 1 Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • Jan 1 Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • Jan 1 Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.
  • Jan 2 British Steel workers go on a national strike
  • Jan 3 Gold hits record $634 an ounce
  • Jan 3 Babrak Karmal defends the Soviet-backed coup in first public appearance since taking power as President of Afghanistan

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 6 Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins elections in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Jan 6 The beginning of the first GPS epoch.

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Jan 7 American President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jan 9 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 11 Debut of first Pretenders album "Pretenders"
  • Jan 13 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • Jan 13 Togo's constitution becomes effective
  • Jan 14 Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
  • Jan 15 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London
  • Jan 17 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • Jan 17 A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, killing three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • Jan 18 Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • Jan 18 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Jan 21 Gold hits record $850 an ounce

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Jan 22 Russian dissidents Andrei Sakharov & Jelena Bonner arrested in Moscow and banished to Gorky

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Jan 25 Bani Sadr elected president of Iran
  • Jan 25 Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft
  • Jan 26 Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • Jan 26 Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes

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Jan 27 Robert Mugabe returns to Rhodesia after 5 years in exile

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Jan 28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • Jan 29 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians

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Jan 30 Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Jan 31 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41
  • Feb 1 "Call Me" single released by Blondie (Billboard Song of the Year 1980)
  • Feb 2 FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors
  • Feb 3 Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
  • Feb 4 Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
  • Feb 4 Studio 54 holds its grand closing party on its last night in business
  • Feb 5 Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel
  • Feb 10 Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 Apollo Computer Inc incorporated
  • Feb 14 US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
  • Feb 16 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • Feb 18 Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • Feb 18 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 22 Afghanistan declares martial law
  • Feb 23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 23 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spillage
  • Feb 25 Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname

  • Feb 26 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • Feb 26 Military coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • Feb 27 Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors
  • Feb 27 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • Feb 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 29 Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England
  • Mar 1 Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • Mar 1 Snow falls in Florida
  • Mar 1 The US enacts the Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act as part of a compromise between the Carter Administration and the Congress over the decontrol of crude oil prices
  • Mar 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Mar 3 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus is decommissioned

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Mar 4 Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) comes to power, winning the parliamentary election in Zimbabwe, making Mugabe Zimbabwe's first black prime minister
  • Mar 5 Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49
  • Mar 6 Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time
  • Mar 6 Princess Theater (Latin Quarter, Cotton Club) opens at 200 W 48th NYC
  • Mar 6 French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
  • Mar 8 Greg Chappell 235 & Yallop 172, for 217 stand at Faisalabad
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 9 Flemish and Walloon battle in Belgium, 40 injured
  • Mar 10 Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 12 Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Mar 13 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60)
  • Mar 13 Ford Motor Co found innocent in death of 3 women in a fiery Pinto
  • Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Jan Hoffmann GDR
  • Mar 14 Ice Pairs Championship at Dortmund won by Cherkasova & Shakhrai (USSR)
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch
  • Mar 18 Vostok rocket explodes on the launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
  • Mar 20 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate radio Caroline sinks
  • Mar 20 US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran
  • Mar 23 France performs nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt
  • Mar 23 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Old Dominion beat Tennessee 68-53 at Mount Pleasant
  • Mar 27 Elevator in Vaal Reefs gold mine, South Africa plunges more than 1900m killing all 23 miners aboard
  • Mar 27 Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
  • Mar 27 Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212
  • Mar 30 Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 31 President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry
  • Mar 31 The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.
  • Apr 1 Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
  • Apr 1 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 1 New York City's Transit Worker Union 100 begins a strike lasting 11 days.
  • Apr 2 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
  • Apr 3 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 6 Post It Notes introduced
  • Apr 7 Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis
  • Apr 9 Belgium's Marten's government resigns
  • Apr 9 Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6
  • Apr 11 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment
  • Apr 12 BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
  • Apr 12 Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'etat, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession.
  • Apr 14 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida

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Apr 14 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner's Song)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • Apr 16 Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
  • Apr 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 18 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
  • Apr 20 Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
  • Apr 20 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria sees hundreds of Berber political activists arrested
  • Apr 21 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit Mich
  • Apr 23 Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
  • Apr 24 US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die
  • Apr 25 Announcement of US hostage rescue bungle in Iran
  • Apr 25 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 26 Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy
  • Apr 26 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120 feet
  • Apr 28 Cyrus Vance, Carter's US Secretary of State, resigns
  • Apr 28 Reunion Arena in Dallas opens
  • Apr 29 Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. is founded
  • Apr 30 Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser" premieres in London
  • Apr 30 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
  • Apr 30 Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates; Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard becomes Queen
  • May 1 Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff)
  • May 2 Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder
  • May 2 Pope John Paul II begins African tour
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 5 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as the SAS and police storm the building
  • May 5 Konstantinos Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece
  • May 7 Yugoslav President Josip Tito is buried
  • May 7 Samm-Art Williams' "Home" premieres in NYC
  • May 8 World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated
  • May 8 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight departs Fort Baker, California. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian pilot the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • May 9 35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge
  • May 12 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight lands at Sainte-Félicité, Quebec. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian piloted the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • May 14 Department of Health & Human Services begins operation
  • May 14 Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
  • May 16 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes
  • May 17 V. S. Kumar Anandan from Sri Lanka balances on one foot for 33 hours (Guinness World Record)
  • May 17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
  • May 18 Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • May 18 People's Republic of China launches 1st intercontinental rocket
  • May 18 Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru
  • May 18 Mount St Helens erupts in Washington state, causing the largest landslide in history, killing 57 people and costing $1 billion in damage
  • May 18 Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms
  • May 20 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated
  • May 20 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • May 20 In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism
  • May 21 Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy
  • May 24 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • May 26 Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6
  • May 27 South Korean police ends people's uprising; 2,000 killed
  • May 27 The Gwangju Massacre: South Korean airborne and army troops retake city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 possibly many more
  • May 29 53rd National Spelling Bee: Jacques Bailly wins spelling elucubrate
  • May 29 Attempted assassination on Vernon Jordan Jr National Urban League president
  • May 29 JMW Turner's "Juliet & Her Nurse" sold for $6,400,000 in NYC
  • May 30 1st papal visit to France since 1814
  • May 30 Tiger reliever John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires
  • May 30 Turner's painting "Juliet & Her Nurse" sells for $6.4 million
  • May 30 Twins Ken Landreaux ends his hitting streak after 31 games
  • May 31 "Love Stinks" by J. Geils Band peaks at #38
  • May 31 Police & youthful rebels battle in Zurich
  • Jun 1 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa
  • Jun 1 Steve Garvey, hits the 7,000th Dodger home run
  • Jun 3 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35
  • Jun 3 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination
  • Jun 5 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 7 "Cars" by Gary Numan hits #9
  • Jun 7 Jeff Norman runs world record 50k (2:48:06)
  • Jun 7 Tommy John wins his 200th, 3-0 on a 2-hitter
  • 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)
  • Jun 13 Deborah Harry/Meat Loaf film "Roadie" premieres
  • Jun 13 Rep John Jenrette Jr (D-SC) indicted in "Abscam" investigation

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

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jun 16 US Supreme Court rules new forms of life created in labs could be patents
  • Jun 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa
  • Jun 18 Mrs Shakuntala Devi mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
  • Jun 19 Battle between police and demonstrators in Capetown, 34 killed

BeatificationBeatification

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jun 22 Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jun 23 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation
  • 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
  • Jul 1 Steve Overt runs world record 3:48.8 mile in Oslo
  • Jul 1 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • Jul 2 Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
  • Jul 6 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 6 Steve Carlton (14-4) pitches most strikeouts by a lefty (2,836)
  • Jul 7 Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jul 7 Institution of Sharia law in Iran