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
  • 02 Apr 1980 United States President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)
  2. - Call Meyoutube
  3. - Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl (Medley)
  4. - Ride Like The Wind
  5. - Lost In Love

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?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1980?

The Establishment by Howard Fast

The Establishment


She will stand up for her family, regardless of the cost. Barbara Lavette, a former socialite, is not concerned about gossip surrounding her new marriage. Her husband Bernie, a mechanic from poverty who she met during World War II, will …

The Brethren by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong

The Brethren


The Brethren provides a detailed behind-the scenes account of the Supreme Court's action. Scott Armstrong and Bob Woodward have broken through its secrecy to provide an unparalleled view of the Chief

Aunt Erma'S Cope Book by Erma Bombeck

Aunt Erma'S Cope Book


"Her audience includes anyone who has ever been married, had children, reached middle age, or owned a dog, duck, or both. "DALLAS TIMES HERALDIn this book Erma comes out of the kitchen with these

Ordeal by Linda Lovelace and Mike McGrady



Good Girl Obedient Wife. Porn slave. Deep Throat was Only the Beginning... Linda Boreman, just twenty-one, met Chuck Traynor. He would become her husband.

Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer

Kane & Abel


William Lowell Kane, and Abel Rosnovski were both born on the same day. One was the son of a Boston millionaire while the other was a penniless Polish immigrant. Two men were born on the opposite sides of the Atlantic …