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.

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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?
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Release year: 1980

Starring: Bernard Hill, Derrick O'Connor, Larry Lamb, Ray Winstone

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Vladimir Menshov

Starring: Vera Alentova, Aleksey Batalov, Irina Muravyova, Raisa Ryazanova

Coal Miner's Daughter

Coal Miner's Daughter

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Michael Apted

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Country: United States of America

The Ninth Configuration

The Ninth Configuration

Release year: 1980

Directed by: William Peter Blatty

Starring: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders

The Black Marble

The Black Marble

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Harold Becker

Starring: Robert Foxworth, Paula Prentiss, Harry Dean Stanton, Barbara Babcock


Which were the most popular books released in February 1980?
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The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz

Princess Daisy


She was born Princess Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky. Everyone called her Daisy. She was a beautiful blonde beauty who lived in the world of aristocrats, and many wealthy people. Her father was a Russian nobleman and prince.

James Herriot'S Yorkshire by James Herriot

James Herriot'S Yorkshire


James Herriot writes of the beautiful moors, the dry-stone walls, sturdy farmhouses and gentle dales. He also mentions ruined abbeys or castles in the hills, country villages, and bracing, windy beach areas.

The Devil'S Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

The Devil'S Alternative


Frederick Forsyth, #1 New York Times Bestseller, delivers a terrifyingly possible novel about international terrorism and impending warfare... The Russian people are facing starvation, so the Politburo faces a daunting task:

Serpentine by Thomas Thompson



This true-crime book retells the story of Charles Sobhraj, a sinister young man with compelling style and suspense.