On This Day

Events in History in 1980 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 393 of 393

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • Aug 1 Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • Aug 2 Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed
  • Aug 4 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean
  • Aug 6 University adm declares 5 Pac-10 schools ineligible for conference titles and post-season play due to transcript and curriculum abuses
  • Aug 8 LBV Conference Center & Club Lake Villas open
  • Aug 9 Belgian constitution revised
  • Aug 10 Allen, most powerful hurricane in the Caribbean hits Brownsville, Tx
  • Aug 11 Angola revises its constitution
  • Aug 11 Mohammed Ali Radjai appointed premier of Iran
  • Aug 12 Signature of the Montevideo Treaty establishing the Latin American Integration Association.
  • Aug 13 Suriname president Johan Ferrier ousted
  • Aug 13 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 1.5k woman's record (3:52.47) in USSR
  • Aug 14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale for president

  • Aug 14 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • Aug 16 Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
  • Aug 16 Jools Holland quits band Squeeze
  • Aug 17 Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history
  • Aug 19 Saudi Arabian Lockhead Tristar crashes on landing at Riyadh, 301 die
  • Aug 20 Pitts Omar Moreno steals record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season
  • Aug 20 Reinhold Messner of Italy is 1st to solo ascent Mt Everest
  • Aug 20 UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital
  • Aug 21 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) founded in a basement office in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Aug 22 Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes
  • Aug 24 Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch
  • Aug 26 John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.
  • Aug 27 Chon Doo Hwan elected president of South Korea
  • Aug 31 Poland's Solidarity trade union federations forms and is officially recognised by the Polish government
  • Aug 31 The Gdańsk Agreement is signed, allowing Polish citizens to bring democratic changes within the communist political structure
  • Sep 1 Dutch embassy in Israel moves from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv
  • Sep 5 Poland party leader Edward Gierek resigns
  • Sep 5 World's longest road tunnel, St Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens
  • Sep 6 Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14
  • Sep 7 Cape Verde adopts its constitution
  • Sep 7 Earnest Gray becomes 2nd NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs St Louis)
  • Sep 8 Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely due to drug arrest
  • Sep 10 Expos Bill Gullickson, sets rookie record of striking out 18
  • Sep 10 Peter Comita replaces Tom Peterson of Cheap Trick
  • Sep 11 Chile adopts its constitution
  • Sep 11 Ron LeFlore (91st) & Rodney Scott (58th), set teammate steal record
  • Sep 12 Military coup under General Kenan Evren in Turkey
  • Sep 13 1st United Negro College Fund
  • Sep 13 5th Toronto International Film Festival: "Bad Timing" directed by Nicolas Roeg wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria
  • Sep 17 South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death
  • Sep 17 Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22
  • Sep 17 Iraq breaks 1975 treaty with Iran and proclaims sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Polish workers under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa found the Solidarity movement at the Gdańsk Shipyard

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • Sep 18 Royals Willie Wilson steals AL-record 28 consecutive base
  • Sep 18 Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station
  • Sep 19 Titan II missile explosion (Damascus, AR)
  • Sep 21 Kerry GAA beat Roscommon GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 1-9 to 1-6 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.
  • Sep 22 Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway
  • Sep 23 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens
  • Sep 24 Iraqi troops cross Iran's border, encircling Abadan
  • Sep 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 25 The first congress of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan held in Kabul.
  • Sep 26 Bomb attack on Octoberfest in Munich, 12 killed
  • Sep 26 Cuban government closes Mariel Harbor ending "freedom flotilla"
  • Sep 26 Soyuz 38 returns to Earth
  • Sep 27 WHOT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM & 92.5 FM
  • Sep 28 Carl Sagan's 13 part "Cosmos" premieres on PBS
  • Sep 28 Jaromir Wagner is 1st to fly Atlantic standing on wing
  • Sep 29 Malcolm McDowell wed Mary Steenburgen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • Sep 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Sep 30 Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Oct 1 Cosmonauts Ryumin & Popov break space endurance record of 176 days

  • Oct 2 Michael Myers (D-Pa), is 1st rep expelled in over 100 years (ABSCAM)
  • Oct 3 4 die in attack on a synagogue in Paris
  • Oct 5 Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale, the Bronx NYC
  • Oct 6 Guyana adopts constitution
  • Oct 7 Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns
  • Oct 8 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
  • Oct 8 USSR & Syria sign peace treaty
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 9 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Oct 9 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czesław Miłosz
  • Oct 10 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
  • Oct 10 Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network dedicated
  • Oct 11 Cosmonauts Popov & Ryumin set space endurance record of 184 days
  • 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
  • Oct 14 Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan promises to name a woman to the US Supreme Court
  • 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 4 Steve Carlton wins 3rd NL Cy Young Awards
  • Nov 8 Voyager 1 space probe discovers 15th moon of Saturn
  • Nov 9 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran
  • 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
  • Nov 12 NYC Mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana
  • 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 Dallas' "Who Shot JR?" episode (Kristen) gets a 53.3 rating (83 mill) in the US
  • 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 J 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