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).
  • 18 Mar 1980 A Vostok-2M rocket at Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43 explodes during a fueling operation, killing 48 people.
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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?


Which were the most popular books released in March 1980?

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 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.

The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey

The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet


Pierre Franey's NEW YORK TIMES cooking column has inspired a collection of delicious, complete meals that can all be made in one hour.

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.

Moviola by Garson Kanin



Garson Kanin's Moviola is the ultimate Hollywood novel. It tells the entire story of Hollywood, starting with the inventions of the nickelodeon and ending with today.