1980 in History – What happened in year 1980


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.

Know what happened in 1980:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 AugustA terrorist bomb exploded at the Central Station of Bologna,Italy, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.
05 September The St. Gotthard Tunnel (interior pictured) opened inSwitzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel at 24.51 km (15.3miles) stretching from Goschenen to Airolo.
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.
17 September The Polish trade union Solidarity was founded as the firstindependent labor union in a Soviet-bloc country.
21 November Over 83 million people watched the Dallas TV episode 'Who DoneIt' to find out 'Who shot J. R.?'.
22 MayPac-Man, an arcade game that became an icon of 1980s popularculture, made its debut in Japan.
24 DecemberWitnesses reported the first of several sightings ofunexplained lights in the sky near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest,Suffolk, England, an incident called 'Britain's Roswell'.
24 July At 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.
25 OctoberProceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects ofInternational Child Abduction, a multilateral treaty providing anexpeditious method to return a child taken from one member nation toanother, concluded at The Hague.
27 January With the assistance of Canadian government officials, six American diplomats who had avoided capture in the Iran hostage crisis escaped to Zurich, Switzerland.
27 March Nelson Bunker Hunt and his brother failed in their attempt to corner the world market in silver, causing panic in commodity and futures exchanges.
04 DecemberThe English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbanded.
20 NovemberAn oil platform drilling accident caused Lake Peigneur in theU.S. state of Louisiana to drain into a salt mine underneath, creating awhirlpool that sucked down the lake's entire contents.
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 MayThe British Special Air Service stormed the Iranian Embassy inLondon, six days after Iranian Arab separatists had seized it.
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 MayThe stratovolcano Mount St. Helens erupted (pictured), killing57 people in southern Washington State, reducing hundreds of squaremiles to wasteland, and causing over US$1 billion in damage.
22 MayPac-Man, an arcade game that became an icon of 1980s popularculture, made its debut in Japan.
04 March Robert Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union waselected to head the first government in Zimbabwe.
01 JuneCNN was launched as the first television network to provide24-hour television news coverage.
14 AugustLech Walesa and colleagues at Gdansk Shipyard began strikeactions, which subsequently led to the founding of the Solidaritymovement in Poland.
21 MarchDallas aired its 'A House Divided' episode which led to eightmonths of international speculation regarding Who shot J.R.?
22 February At the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the UnitedStates ice hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in an unlikely victorythat became known as the Miracle on Ice.
02 DecemberAmerican missionaries Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, Ita Ford, and Dorothy Kazel were murdered by a military death squad in El Salvador.
25 OctoberProceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects ofInternational Child Abduction, a multilateral treaty providing anexpeditious method to return a child taken from one member nation toanother, concluded at The Hague.
17 SeptemberThe Polish trade union Solidarity was founded as the firstindependent labor union in a Soviet-bloc country.
05 JulySwedish tennis player Björn Borg won his fifth Wimbledon finaland became the first male player to win the championships five times ina row.
04 MarchRobert Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union waselected to head the first government in Zimbabwe.
27 JanuaryWith the assistance of Canadian government officials, sixAmerican diplomats who had avoided capture in the Iran hostage crisisescaped to Zurich, Switzerland.
12 AprilTerry Fox dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean at St. John's, New foundland 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.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1980:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
04 MayDerMarr Johnson / Basketball Player / United States of America
05 AugustJason Culina / Footballer / Australia
06 MayBrooke Bennett / Swimmer / United States of America
09 JuneD'banj / Singer / Nigeria
10 AprilKasey Kahne / Racing Car Driver / United States of America
15 AprilRaül López / Basketball Player / Spain
18 JuneDavid Giuntoli / Actor / United States of America
19 March Luca Ferri / Footballer / Italy
20 February Imanol Harinordoquy / Rugby Player / France
20 MayKassim Osgood / Footballer / United States of America
25 DecemberMarcus Trufant / Footballer / United States of America
25 MayDavid Navarro / Footballer / Spain
26 SeptemberDaniel Sedin / Ice Hockey Player / Sweden
26 SeptemberHenrik Sedin / Ice Hockey Player / Sweden
27 JuneHugo Campagnaro / Footballer / Argentina
27 SeptemberAsashōryū Akinori / Wrestler / Mongolia
28 OctoberChristy Hemme / Wrestler / United States of America
29 SeptemberPatrick Agyemang / Footballer / United Kingdom
29 JuneMelissa Peachey / Television Host / United Kingdom
30 March Ricardo Osorio / Footballer / Mexico

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1980:

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

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