On This Day

Events in History in June 1980

  • Jun 1 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa
  • Jun 3 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35

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Jun 3 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jun 5 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 7 Jeff Norman runs world record 50k (2:48:06)
  • 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)

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Jun 12 Ronald Reagan says he will submit to periodic medical tests

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jun 13 Deborah Harry and 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 that live, human-made micro-organisms created in labs could be patentable, in Diamond v. Chakrabarty
  • Jun 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Jun 18 Indian "human computer" Shakuntala Devi sets a world record by mentally multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds; She correctly answered that 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 = 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 !

Writer and Mathematician Shakuntala Devi
Writer and Mathematician
Shakuntala Devi
  • Jun 19 Battle between police and demonstrators in Capetown, 34 killed

BeatificationBeatification

Jun 22 Pope John Paul II beatifies Kateri Tekakwitha, making her 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

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Jun 23 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 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
  • Jun 30 British sixpence demonetised after being in used since 1551 and 12 years after introduction of decimal currency