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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1980?


Events

  • 01 Jan 1980 International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • 02 Jan 1980 US President Jimmy Carter asks the Senate to postpone action on the SALT II nuclear weapons treaty and recalls the U.S. ambassador to Moscow.
  • 03 Jan 1980 Gold hits record US$634 an ounce.
  • 04 Jan 1980 President Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 06 Jan 1980 Global Positioning System time epoch begins at 00:00 UTC.
  • 07 Jan 1980 U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation approving $1.5 billion in loan guarantees to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
  • 09 Jan 1980 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • 10 Jan 1980 Last broadcast of Rockford Files on NBC
  • 11 Jan 1980 Debut of Pretenders
  • 12 Jan 1980 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 13 Jan 1980 King of Schnorrers closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • 14 Jan 1980 Blues Brothers movie with Dan Akwoyd and John Belushi opens
  • 16 Jan 1980 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession
  • 17 Jan 1980 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3.
  • 18 Jan 1980 Gold reaches $1,000 an oz
  • 20 Jan 1980 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • 21 Jan 1980 Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • 22 Jan 1980 Dissidents Andrei Sacharov and Jelena Bonner banished to Gorki
  • 24 Jan 1980 The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad is ordered to be liquidated due to bankruptcy.
  • 25 Jan 1980 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail and deported
  • 26 Jan 1980 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 27 Jan 1980 Near Livermore, California, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurs.
  • 28 Jan 1980 37th Golden Globes: Dustin Hoffman and Sally Field win.
  • 29 Jan 1980 6 Iranian held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • 31 Jan 1980 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41.

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Movies

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The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Country: United States of America

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Directed by: Vladimir Menshov

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

The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Country: United States of America

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Country: United States of America

Diabolique

Diabolique

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Starring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in January 1980?
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Aunt Erma'S Cope Book by Erma Bombeck

Aunt Erma'S Cope Book

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"Her audience is everyone who has ever married, had children, gotten to middle age, owned a dog or a duck."DALLAS TIMES HERALDIn this book Erma comes out--out of the kitchen--with these

Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin

Cruel Shoes

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Cruel Shoes

There'S No Such Place As Far Away by Richard Bach

There'S No Such Place As Far Away

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When she was about to turn five, a little girl named Rae Hansen invited Richard Bach to her birthday party. Though deserts, storms, mountains, and a thousand miles separated them, Rae

The Devil'S Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

The Devil'S Alternative

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Frederick Forsyth delivers a frighteningly possible novel of international terrorism and impending war… As the Russian people face starvation, the Politburo is faced with a

The Key To Rebecca by Ken Follett

The Key To Rebecca

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Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca took readers and critics by storm when first published more than twenty years ago. Today, it remains one of the best espionage novels ever written. Look