April 1980 calendar

April 1980

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1980.
The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1980: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1980?


  • 01 Apr 1980 New York City's Transport Works Union Local 100 goes on strike, which continues for 11 days.
  • 02 Apr 1980 Wayne Gretzky becomes first teenager to score 50 goals in an NHL season.
  • 03 Apr 1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 06 Apr 1980 Post It Notes are introduced.
  • 07 Apr 1980 Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis
  • 09 Apr 1980 Kings tie NHL rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs. Isles
  • 10 Apr 1980 Samuel Kanyon Doe takes over Liberia in a ''coup d'état'', ending over 130 years of democratic presidential succession in that country.
  • 11 Apr 1980 Paul McCartney releases Coming Up
  • 12 Apr 1980 BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
  • 13 Apr 1980 Grease closes at Broadhurst Theater in New York City after 3,388 performances.
  • 14 Apr 1980 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida
  • 15 Apr 1980 Libya and Syria recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • 16 Apr 1980 Delhi beats Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final.
  • 18 Apr 1980 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from United Kingdom. Robert Mugabe becomes Prime Minister.
  • 20 Apr 1980 Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
  • 21 Apr 1980 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit, Michigan
  • 22 Apr 1980 Jane Froman, singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), dies at age 72.
  • 23 Apr 1980 Soviet submarine catches fire off Japan, nine die.
  • 24 Apr 1980 US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die
  • 25 Apr 1980 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb.
  • 26 Apr 1980 Iran begins scattering US hostages from the US Embassy.
  • 27 Apr 1980 Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic.
  • 28 Apr 1980 Reunion Arena in Dallas opens
  • 30 Apr 1980 Barnum opens at St. James Theater NYC for 854 performances

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1980?
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Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Together We Are Beautiful
  2. - Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me Girl
  3. - Atomic
  4. - Dance Yourself Dizzy
  5. - Going Underground / Dreams Of Children


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Rear Window

Rear Window

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Country: United States of America

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Directed by: Lewis Milestone

Starring: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy

Country: United States of America

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

Written by:

Directed by: George Miller

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

The Cloud-Capped Star

The Cloud-Capped Star

Directed by: Ritwik Ghatak

Starring: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya


Which were the most popular books released in April 1980?
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James Herriot'S Yorkshire by James Herriot

James Herriot'S Yorkshire


James Herriot writes about the glorious moors, the gentle dales, dry-stone walls and sturdy farmhouses, ruined abbeys and castles among the hills, market towns, country villages and bracing, windy beaches, as

The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler

The Third Wave


The Third Wave makes startling sense of the violent changes now battering our world. Its sweeping synthesis casts fresh light on our new forms of marriage and family, on today's dramatic changes

Ordeal by Linda Lovelace and Mike McGrady



Good Girl. Obedient Wife. Porn Slave. Deep Throat Was Only The Beginning… Linda Boreman was just twenty-one when she met Chuck Traynor, the man who would

Nothing Down by Robert G. Allen

Nothing Down


With more than a million copies in print, Robert Allen's Nothing Down for the '90s has probably helped more people achieve success in real estate than any book in history.

Who'S On First by William F. Buckley Jr

Who'S On First


The celebrated author of Tucker's Last Stand and Stained Glass offers a chilling story set against the backdrop of the cold war space race. Blackford Oakes heads a mission to kidnap a pair of extraordinary Russian scientists who can put …