1980 in History – What happened in year 1980

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1980 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1980.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1980 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
27 januaryWith the assistance of Canadian government officials, six American diplomats who had avoided capture in the Iran hostage crisis escaped to Zurich, Switzerland.
22 februaryAt the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the United States ice hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in an unlikely victory that became known as the Miracle on Ice.
01 marchCommonwealth Trade Union Council, CTUC has been established.
01 marchHilbert van der Duim has become world champion and became the all-round skater.
04 marchRobert Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union waselected to head the first government in Zimbabwe.
21 marchDallas aired its 'A House Divided' episode which led to eight months of international speculation regarding Who shot J.R.?
27 marchNelson Bunker Hunt and his brother failed in their attempt to corner the world market in silver, causing panic in commodity and futures exchanges.
08 aprilIslander Potvin 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings and set NHL rec of 2 short handed playoff goals in 1 period.
12 aprilTerry Fox dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean at St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, and began running his 'Marathon of Hope' towards the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver, British Columbia, to raise funds across Canada for cancer research.
05 mayThe British Special Air Service stormed the Iranian Embassy inLondon, six days after Iranian Arab separatists had seized it.
08 mayThe World Health Organization officially declared smallpox eradicated on May 8, 1980. Smallpox was considered as the most devastating infectious disease caused by either Variola major or Variola minor. This is the only disease that has been completely wiped out throughout the world.
17 maySouth Korean Army General Chun Doo-hwan expanded martial law across country on May 17, 1980 and seized control of government. He later became the President of South Korea on 1st September 1980.
17 mayOn the eve of the Peruvian general election, the Maoistguerrilla group Shining Path attacked a polling location in the town ofChuschi, Ayacucho, starting the internal conflict in Peru.
18 mayStratovolcano Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 in Skamania, Washington. It is count as the most economically destructive volcanic incident in US history, killing 57 people. It also destroyed 250 homes, 47 bridges, 24 km of railways, 298 km of highways.
18 mayThe stratovolcano Mount St. Helens erupted, killing57 people in southern Washington State, reducing hundreds of squaremiles to waste land, and causing over US$1 billion in damage.
22 mayArcade game Pac-Man was released on May 22, 1980 by Namaco. It is among the most famous arcade game and one of the highest grossing video games of all time.
22 mayPac-Man, an arcade game that became an icon of 1980s popular culture, made its debut in Japan.
01 juneCable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting. The Cable News Network (CNN) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. The 24-hour cable news channel was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner.
01 juneCNN was launched as the first television network to provide 24-hour television news coverage.
05 julySwedish tennis player Björn Borg won his fifth Wimbledon finaland became the first male player to win the championships five times ina row.
24 julyAt the Moscow Olympics, Australia's Quietly Confident Quartetswimming team won the gold medal in the men's 4 x 100 metre medleyrelay, the only time that the United States, who were boycotting thesegames, has not won the event at Olympic level.
31 julyU.S.S.R. has conducted nuclear Test at Semi-palitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R. This test has brought strength to the country and its progress.
02 augustA terrorist bomb exploded at the Central Station of Bologna,Italy, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.
14 augustLech Walesa and colleagues at Gdansk Shipyard began strikeactions, which subsequently led to the founding of the Solidaritymovement in Poland.
17 augustTwo-month-old Australian Azaria Chamberlain was taken from herfamily's campsite at Uluru by a dingo, for which her mother would beconvicted of murder.
05 septemberThe St. Gotthard Tunnel opened inSwitzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel at 24.51 km (15.3miles) stretching from Goschenen to Airolo.
11 septemberThe famous Marlborough diamond is stolen from a London jeweler during a daylight robbery on the store in.
17 septemberThe Polish trade union Solidarity was founded as the firstindependent labor union in a Soviet-bloc country.
24 septemberIraqi planes have bombed Iran's Kharg Island crude oil export terminal. It is currently burning out of control, producing enormous amounts of fumes and debris. The war is over the sovereignty over the lower reaches of Shatt-al-Arab waterway. This demarcates the border between Iraq and Iran.
26 septemberAfghanistan's Marxist regime and it's soviet defenders are improving security in Kabul. This is in response to a new wave of terrorist attacks led by Moslem anti-communist tribesman. The terrorist group also carried out a successful attack on a power station earlier this week by the rebels.

Famous birthdays in the year 1980:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 MayPierre-Luc Gagnon / Skateboarder / Canada
05 January Brad Meyers / Rugby Player / Australia
07 SeptemberMark Prior / Baseball Player / United States of America
08 AprilKatee Sackhoff / Actress / United States of America
10 AugustWade Barrett / Boxer / United Kingdom
13 March Brad Watts / Rugby Player / Australia
16 SeptemberKenny van Weeghel / Wheelchair Racer / Netherlands
16 NovemberHasan Üçüncü / Footballer / Turkey
17 AugustKeith Dabengwa / Cricketer / Zimbabwe
17 AprilFabián Vargas / Footballer / Colombia
18 MayMichaël Llodra / Tennis Player / France
18 NovemberDenny Hamlin / Racing Car Driver / United States of America
19 SeptemberDimitri Yachvili / Rugby Player / France
20 MayKassim Osgood / Footballer / United States of America
20 January Kim Jeong-hoon / Singer / South Korea
21 January Brie Rippner / Tennis Player / United States of America
24 AprilFernando Arce / Footballer / Mexico
25 JulyToni Vilander / Racing Car Driver / Finland
26 SeptemberPatrick Friesacher / Race Car Driver / Austria
30 DecemberEliza Dushku / Actress / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1980:

YearName / Profession / Country
05 JulyZayed Khan / Actor / India
10 MayYogendra Singh Yadav / Soldier / India
03 JulyHarbhajan Singh / Player / India
21 SeptemberKareena Kapoor / Actress / India
08 OctoberRajesh Sharma / Politician / India
01 DecemberMohammad Kaif / Politician / India
20 AprilArin Paul / Writer / India
08 FebruaryJaideep Ahlawat / Actor / India
13 SeptemberViren Rasquinha / Hockey Player / India
01 JanuaryVidya Balan / Actress / India
07 FebruaryPrachi Shah / Actress / India
27 MayMukesh Chhabra / Actor / India
20 JulyGracy Singh / Actress / India
04 MarchKamalini Mukherjee / Actress / India
21 SeptemberKareena Kapoor / Actress / India
04 March Rohan Bopanna / Tennis Player / India
27 AugustNeha Dhupia / Actress / India
30 JanuaryGurdeep Kohli / Actress / India
14 DecemberJuhi Parmar / Actress / India
21 JanuaryKim Sharma / Actress / India
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