Events in History in January 1980

  • 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

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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