July 1980 calendar

July 1980

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 1980?


  • 01 Jul 1980 Steve Overt runs world record 3:48.8 mile in Oslo, Norway.
  • 03 Jul 1980 1st US Seniors Golf Open: Roberto deVicenzo
  • 04 Jul 1980 Nolan Ryan strikes out Ceasar Geronimo to record his 3000th career strike out.
  • 05 Jul 1980 87th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats C Evert
  • 06 Jul 1980 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 07 Jul 1980 Jineane Ford, (AZ) replaces S Weatherly (Miss Universe) as 29th Miss USA
  • 08 Jul 1980 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • 09 Jul 1980 7 die in a stampede to see Pope in Brazil
  • 10 Jul 1980 Alexandra Palace burns down for a second time.
  • 11 Jul 1980 American hostage Richard I Queen freed by Iran
  • 15 Jul 1980 A severe and destructive thunderstorm strikes four counties in western Wisconsin, including the city of Eau Claire. It causes over US$250 million in damage, and one person is killed.
  • 16 Jul 1980 Polish railway workers block railway to Russia
  • 17 Jul 1980 Bolivian military coup; general Garcia Meza becomes President
  • 18 Jul 1980 Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly France
  • 19 Jul 1980 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US and others boycott
  • 20 Jul 1980 109th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 271 at Muirfield Gullane
  • 21 Jul 1980 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs the Eiffel Tower in 2 hours 18 minutes.
  • 23 Jul 1980 Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya
  • 24 Jul 1980 The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.
  • 25 Jul 1980 Train crash at Winsum, 9 die
  • 27 Jul 1980 Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • 30 Jul 1980 Houston Astro pitcher J R Richard suffers a stroke
  • 31 Jul 1980 John Phillips of Mamas and Papas is arrested on drug charges
  • 08 Jul 1980 Aeroflot Flight 4225 crashes near Almaty International Airport in the then Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (present day Kazakhstan) killing all 166 people on board.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Coming Up
  2. - Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)
  3. - It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
  4. - Magicyoutube
  5. - Funkytownyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Crying
  2. - Xanadu
  3. - Theme From 'M*A*S*H' (Suicide is Painless)
  4. - Use It Up And Wear It Out
  5. - Funky Town


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in July 1980?

No Love Lost by Helen Van Slyke

No Love Lost


NO LOVE LOST is Helen Van Slyke at its best: A wonderful family story that spans three generations of extraordinarily different wives. Written with Van Slyke’s keen understanding of the human condition, this is Helen Van Slyke at their best.

The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader

The Ninja


It is a riveting tale of hate and revenge that is as gripping as any story you'll ever read. "NEWS RECORDThis story is about Nicholas Linnear. He's half-Oriental and half-Caucasian. A man trapped between East and West.

The Spike by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss

The Spike


The Spike

Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer

Kane & Abel


William Lowell Kane, and Abel Rosnovski were both born on the same day. One was the son of a Boston millionaire while the other was a penniless Polish immigrant. Two men were born on the opposite sides of the Atlantic …

Nothing Down by Robert G. Allen

Nothing Down


Robert Allen's Nothing Down For the '90s is a bestseller that has sold more than one million copies. It may have helped more people to succeed in real estate than any other book.