December 1980 calendar

December 1980

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1980: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1980?


  • 01 Dec 1980 Mel Harris appears on M*A*S*H in Cementing Relationships
  • 02 Dec 1980 Four American Maryknoll nuns killed by death squads in El Salvador.
  • 03 Dec 1980 New York Federal jury finds Reps Thompson D-New Jersey and Murphy, D-NY, guilty
  • 04 Dec 1980 English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.
  • 06 Dec 1980 Jim Bakker rapes Jessica Hahn
  • 08 Dec 1980 John Lennon, an English musician and peace activist, is murdered by Mark David Chapman, a mentally unstable fan, in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City.
  • 10 Dec 1980 Soyuz T-3 returns to Earth.
  • 11 Dec 1980 Dirk Wellham scores 100 on first-class debut, New South Wales versus Victoria.
  • 12 Dec 1980 USA's copyright law amended to include computer programs.
  • 13 Dec 1980 Perfectly Frank closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 14 Dec 1980 Onward Victoria opens / closes at Martin Beck NYC for 1 performance
  • 15 Dec 1980 New York Yankees' Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, ten years $15 million.
  • 16 Dec 1980 US President-elect Ronald Reagan announces Alexander Haig as Secretary of State.
  • 17 Dec 1980 Mauritania provisional constitution published.
  • 18 Dec 1980 Vietnam adopts constitution.
  • 19 Dec 1980 Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from Saint Kitts.
  • 20 Dec 1980 USSR formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin.
  • 21 Dec 1980 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions.
  • 22 Dec 1980 US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints Jean Kirkpatrick (UN delegate) and James Watt (Interior).
  • 24 Dec 1980 Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds
  • 26 Dec 1980 Richard Chase, the "Vampire of Sacramento," kills himself by overdose on San Quentin prison death row (born 1950).
  • 27 Dec 1980 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78
  • 28 Dec 1980 MTxico terminates fishing agreements with US.
  • 29 Dec 1980 Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A
  • 30 Dec 1980 Wonderful World of Disney, last performance on NBC-TV
  • 31 Dec 1980 Senegal President Leopold Senghor resigns.
  • 02 Dec 1980 Salvadoran Civil War: Four American missionaries are raped and murdered by a death squad.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Ladyyoutube
  2. - (Just Like) Starting Overyoutube
  3. - More Than I Can Say
  4. - Another One Bites The Dust
  5. - Love On The Rocks

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Super Trouper
  2. - There's No One Quite Like Grandma
  3. - Stop The Cavalry
  4. - (Just Like) Starting Overyoutube
  5. - Embarrassment


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1980?

The Covenant by James A. Michener

The Covenant


James A. Michener's epic chronicle of South Africa tells the story of adventurers and scoundrels and ministers. It is an epic tale about two continents that have built an empire from vast wilderness.

Loon Lake by E.L. Doctorow

Loon Lake


Joe is the hero in this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow. He is a young man who runs away from the Great Depression.

Music For Chameleons by Truman Capote

Music For Chameleons


Truman Capote's gems of reporting capture true stories and real people with the same stylistic brilliance we expect from great fiction.

The Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

The Clan Of The Cave Bear


This moving novel is full of beauty and power and tells the story of people, relationships and the limits of love. PBS's The Great American ReadThrough Jean M. nominated this novel as one of America’s most loved novels.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan



One of the most popular science books ever is RETURNING to Television as an All-New Miniseries on FOXCosmos. Sagan presents a blue-blue world that is jewel-like in clear-eyed prose.