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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1980?


Events

  • 01 May 1980 Day in Hollywood, A Night... opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances
  • 02 May 1980 Joseph Doherty and three other Irish Republican Army men arrested for murder.
  • 03 May 1980 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st and final HR
  • 04 May 1980 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • 05 May 1980 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British commandos and police stormed the building.
  • 07 May 1980 Josip Tito, Yugoslav President, buried
  • 08 May 1980 World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated.
  • 09 May 1980 35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge
  • 10 May 1980 Happy New Year closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 11 May 1980 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament.
  • 12 May 1980 1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris)
  • 13 May 1980 Cincinnati Reds' Ray Knight hits two homeruns in 5th inning versus New York Mets.
  • 14 May 1980 Musical Chairs opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • 15 May 1980 1st trans-US balloon crossing
  • 16 May 1980 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
  • 17 May 1980 Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours
  • 18 May 1980 China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket
  • 19 May 1980 Blackstone opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • 20 May 1980 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss
  • 21 May 1980 Empire Strikes Back premieres
  • 22 May 1980 Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue marry.
  • 23 May 1980 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton.
  • 24 May 1980 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • 25 May 1980 Musical Chairs closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • 26 May 1980 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters
  • 27 May 1980 The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.
  • 28 May 1980 Nottingham Forrest wins 25th Europe Cup 1 in Madrid, Spain.
  • 29 May 1980 Billy Bishop Goes to War opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 31 May 1980 Love Stinks by J Geils Band peaks at #38

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Music charts

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Movies

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The Shining

The Shining

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Country: United States of America

Braveheart

Braveheart

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Country: United States of America

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Country: United States of America

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Country: United States of America

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in May 1980?
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Triple by Ken Follett

Triple

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A New York Times bestselling novel of international suspense and terror from the author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and A Column of Fire As Egypt comes closer and closer to developing a nuclear bomb, the …

Will by G. Gordon Liddy

Will

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From soldier to Washington insider; from a prisoner who preferred the walls of a prison rather than the betrayal of his principles; to a writer and top radio personality, G.

Who'S On First by William F. Buckley Jr

Who'S On First

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The celebrated author of Tucker's Last Stand and Stained Glass offers a chilling story set against the backdrop of the cold war space race. Blackford Oakes heads a mission to kidnap a pair of extraordinary Russian scientists who can put …

The Real War by Richard Nixon

The Real War

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The Real War

Men In Love by Nancy Friday

Men In Love

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An extraordinary, explicitly masculine journey, Men In Love develops a startlingly honest portrayal of what it means to be a man in contemporary America.