January 1980 calendar

January 1980

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1980?


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

  1. - Please Don't Go
  2. - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
  3. - Rock With You
  4. - Do That To Me One More Time
  5. - Coward Of The County

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Another Brick In The Wall
  2. - There's No One Quite Like Grandma
  3. - Brass In Pocket
  4. - Super Trouper
  5. - I Have A Dream


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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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

Shi di chu ma

Shi di chu ma

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Jackie Chan

Starring: Jackie Chan, Pai Wei, Biao Yuen, Lily Li

The Fog

The Fog

Release year: 1980

Directed by: John Carpenter

Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

Country: United States of America

Death Watch

Death Watch

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier

Starring: Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, Thérèse Liotard



Release year: 1980

Directed by: Dario Argento

Starring: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi

Country: Italy


Which were the most popular books released in January 1980?
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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 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:

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



Triple by Ken Follett



A New York Times bestseller of terror and suspense from the author of A Column of Fire, World Without End and The Pillars of the Earth. As Egypt gets closer to developing a nuclear weapon, the Mossad’s top-ranking Israeli agent …

Serpentine by Thomas Thompson



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