October 1980 calendar

October 1980

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1980?


  • 01 Oct 1980 Cosmonauts Ryumin and Popov break space endurance record of 176 days.
  • 02 Oct 1980 Larry Holmes retains WBC heavweight title defeating Muhammad Ali.
  • 03 Oct 1980 4 dies in attack on synagogue in Paris
  • 05 Oct 1980 Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale Bronx
  • 06 Oct 1980 Guyana adopts constitution
  • 07 Oct 1980 Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns
  • 08 Oct 1980 Bob Marley collapses on stage, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital
  • 09 Oct 1980 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czeslaw Milosz
  • 10 Oct 1980 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
  • 11 Oct 1980 Dallas Mavericks 1st game at Reunion Arena beat San Antonio 103-92
  • 12 Oct 1980 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat and Tears concert in LA
  • 13 Oct 1980 Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, New York
  • 14 Oct 1980 Phils rally from 4-0 deficit to beat the Royals, 7-6 to take WS opener
  • 15 Oct 1980 George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids
  • 16 Oct 1980 Brigadoon opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances
  • 17 Oct 1980 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW vs. Queensland
  • 18 Oct 1980 Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA
  • 21 Oct 1980 Banjo Dancing opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • 22 Oct 1980 4th government of Martens forms in Belgium
  • 23 Oct 1980 Tintypes opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • 24 Oct 1980 Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar
  • 25 Oct 1980 Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 26 Oct 1980 11th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41
  • 27 Oct 1980 Astros owner John McMullen replaces GM Tal Smith with Al Rosen
  • 28 Oct 1980 U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Reagan's genial, witty performance causes him to overtake Carter in the polls.
  • 29 Oct 1980 Demonstration flight of a secretly modified C-130 for an Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt ends in crash landing at Eglin Air Force Base's Duke Field, Florida leading to cancellation of Operation Credible Sport.
  • 30 Oct 1980 Honduras and El Salvador settle their boundary dispute
  • 31 Oct 1980 Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat

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Music charts

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

  1. - Another One Bites The Dust
  2. - Woman In Love
  3. - All Out Of Love
  4. - Upside Downyoutube
  5. - He's So Shy

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Feels Like I'm In Love
  2. - Don't Stand So Close To Me
  3. - One Day I'll Fly Away
  4. - DISCO
  5. - Start


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Country: United States of America

The Idolmaker

The Idolmaker

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Starring: Ray Sharkey, Tovah Feldshuh, Peter Gallagher, Paul Land



Release year: 1980

Directed by: Raj Khosla

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Zeenat Aman, Prem Chopra

Times Square

Times Square

Release year: 1980

Directed by: Allan Moyle

Starring: Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson, Peter Coffield

Insaf Ka Tarazu

Insaf Ka Tarazu

Release year: 1980

Directed by: B.R. Chopra

Starring: Zeenat Aman, Raj Babbar, Deepak Parashar, Padmini Kolhapure


Which were the most popular books released in October 1980?
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Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon

Rage of Angels


An unforgettable, captivating heroineJennifer -- brilliant and beautiful, she was an attorney who rose to the top until the Mafia's plans won her hatred.

The Tenth Commandment by Lawrence Sanders

The Tenth Commandment


The #1 New York Times-bestselling author shows that he is "a master of suspense" with this thriller about a covetous clergyman. (The Washington Post). Joshua Bigg is an investigator at a Manhattan law office. He spends most of his time …

Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz

Princess Daisy


She was born Princess Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky. Everyone called her Daisy. She was a beautiful blonde beauty who lived in the world of aristocrats, and many wealthy people. Her father was a Russian nobleman and prince.

Walter Lippmann And The American Century by Ronald Steel

Walter Lippmann And The American Century


Walter Lippmann, journalist (1889-1974), was a powerful figure who loved his role as an insider and adviser to presidents. He also served as a shaper of government policy and sometimes purveyor.

Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates



The Bellefleurs are a wealthy and famous clan. They live in an immense mansion at the shores mythic Lake Noir.