March 1980 calendar

March 1980

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 1980?


  • 01 Mar 1980 CTUC, Commonwealth Trade Union Council, established
  • 02 Mar 1980 3rd Islander scoreless tie - Penguins in Pittsburgh
  • 03 Mar 1980 The USS Nautilus is decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register.
  • 04 Mar 1980 40th hat trick in New York Islanders' history-Mike Bossy.
  • 05 Mar 1980 Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49.
  • 06 Mar 1980 Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time
  • 08 Mar 1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 09 Mar 1980 Flemish / Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured
  • 10 Mar 1980 Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show
  • 12 Mar 1980 Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 13 Mar 1980 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000 metre (1:13.60).
  • 14 Mar 1980 3rd Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 16 Mar 1980 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic.
  • 18 Mar 1980 Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
  • 20 Mar 1980 US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran.
  • 21 Mar 1980 On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot
  • 22 Mar 1980 The Georgia Guidestones are erected in Elbert County, Georgia.
  • 23 Mar 1980 Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt
  • 24 Mar 1980 Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
  • 26 Mar 1980 A mine lift cage at the Vaal Reef gold mine in South Africa falls 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers), killing 23.
  • 27 Mar 1980 Happy New Year opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 31 Mar 1980 Jesse Owens, American athlete (Olympics-gold-1936), dies in Tucson, Arizona at age 66 (born 1913).

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Music charts

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

  1. - Crazy Little Thing Called Loveyoutube
  2. - Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)
  3. - Yes, I'm Ready
  4. - Longer
  5. - Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl (Medley)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Too Much Too Young (The Special AKA Live! EP)
  2. - Together We Are Beautiful
  3. - Coward Of The County
  4. - Atomic
  5. - I'm In The Mood For Dancing


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

The King and the Mockingbird

The King and the Mockingbird

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Paul Grimault

Starring: Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala

The Changeling

The Changeling

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Peter Medak

Starring: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Country: United States of America



Release year: 1980

Directed by: Seijun Suzuki

Starring: Yoshio Harada, Naoko Ôtani, Kisako Makishi, Akaji Maro

City of Women

City of Women

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Prucnal, Bernice Stegers, Jole Silvani


Which were the most popular books released in March 1980?
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Donahue by Phil Donahue



DJ price clipeed at flap. DJ has edge wear, tears and some creasing. Clean pages. Binding is tight.

The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart

The Last Enchantment


Arthur Pendragon is the King! He is unchallenged at the battlefield and he unites the country in a time full of promise. Camelot is under attack by sinister powers, and the witch-queen Morgause plots to kill it.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



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 Americans by Alistair Cooke

The Americans


These talks are selected from Cooke’s radio broadcasts and reveal Cooke's incisive and insightful observations about Watergate, Vietnam and other news events over the past decade.