On This Day

Events in History in July 1980

  • Jul 2 Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
  • Jul 6 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 7 Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jul 7 Institution of Sharia law in Iran
  • Jul 7 The Safra massacre in Lebanon

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Jul 9 7 die in a stampede to see Pope John Paul II in Brazil

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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Jul 9 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten sentenced to 10 years

War Criminal Pieter Menten
War Criminal
Pieter Menten
  • Jul 10 Willie Jones hospitalized for heat stroke with record 46.5°C temperature
  • Jul 10 Sam Shepard's play "True West" premieres at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco [1]
  • Jul 10 Alexandra Palace in London burnt down for a second time
  • Jul 11 American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness
  • Jul 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Jul 15 Billy Carter, the brother of US President Jimmy Carter, registers as a foreign agent of the Libyan government after it was revealed they paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jul 16 Polish railway workers block railway to Russia

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 16 Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jul 17 Bolivian military coup; General Garcia Meza becomes president
  • Jul 17 Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president
  • Jul 17 Zenko Suzuki becomes Premier of Japan
  • Jul 18 Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France
  • Jul 18 Federal court voids Selective Service Act as it doesn't include women
  • Jul 18 Quett Masire installed as President of Botswana
  • Jul 18 Rohini 1, 1st Indian satellite, launches into orbit
  • Jul 19 USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application
  • Jul 21 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins
  • Jul 23 River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter
  • Jul 23 Soyuz 37 ferries 2 cosmonauts (1 Vietnamese) to Salyut 6
  • Jul 25 Train crash at Winsum, 9 die
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 27 Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • Jul 28 Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaúnde Terry becomes president
  • Jul 30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • Jul 31 John Phillips of Mamas and Papas is arrested on drug charges
  • Jul 31 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
  • Jul 31 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 31 Hurricane Allen forms in the Atlantic Ocean, will go on to become the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin with winds of 190mph (305km/h)