February 1980 calendar

February 1980

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 1980?


  • 01 Feb 1980 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 02 Feb 1980 (to February 3) New Mexico State Penitentiary inmates riot; 33 are killed and more than 100 injured.
  • 03 Feb 1980 Muhammed Ali tours Africa as US President Jimmy Carter's envoy.
  • 04 Feb 1980 Bani Sadr sworn in as Premier of Iran
  • 05 Feb 1980 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit.
  • 09 Feb 1980 Rick Barry, Houston Rockets, is first in NBA to score eight 3-point goals in a game.
  • 10 Feb 1980 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.
  • 12 Feb 1980 Canterbury Tales opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 13 Feb 1980 Apollo Computer is incorporated.
  • 14 Feb 1980 West Side Story opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • 15 Feb 1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympics record 500 metre in 38.03 seconds.
  • 16 Feb 1980 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France.
  • 17 Feb 1980 Buddy Baker wins Daytona 500
  • 18 Feb 1980 Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983
  • 19 Feb 1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympics record 1000 metre in 1:15.18.
  • 20 Feb 1980 Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
  • 21 Feb 1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympics record 1500 metre in 1:55.44.
  • 22 Feb 1980 USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3 en route to a gold medal
  • 23 Feb 1980 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, New York
  • 24 Feb 1980 Canterbury Tales closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 25 Feb 1980 Coup ousts Prime Minister Henck Arron of Suriname
  • 26 Feb 1980 Military coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • 27 Feb 1980 Israel and Egypt exchange ambassadors
  • 28 Feb 1980 The Well-Tuned Piano by La Monte Young premieres
  • 29 Feb 1980 Michael Bracey ends 59 hours 55 minutes trapped in an elevator, England.
  • 02 Feb 1980 Reports surface that the FBI is targeting allegedly corrupt Congressmen in the Abscam operation.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Rock With You
  2. - Do That To Me One More Time
  3. - Crazy Little Thing Called Loveyoutube
  4. - Yes, I'm Ready
  5. - Coward Of The County

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Brass In Pocket
  2. - Too Much Too Young (The Special AKA Live! EP)
  3. - Another Brick In The Wall
  4. - Coward Of The County
  5. - With You I'm Born Again


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in February 1980?

The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey

The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet


Pierre Franey's NEW YORK TIMES cooking column has inspired a collection of delicious, complete meals that can all be made in one hour.

The Windsor Story by J. Bryan III and Charles J.V. Murphy

The Windsor Story


The Windsor Story

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

Smiley'S People by John le Carré

Smiley'S People


The New York Times bestseller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Our Kind of Traitor, and The Night Manager, is now a TV series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carre's latest novel, A Legacy of Spies is now available.

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

The Right Stuff


The "America's nerviest journalists" (Newsweek) is a breathtaking epic, an amazing adventure story, and an investigation into true heroism, courage, and the bravery of the first Americans who climbed into space.