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 a crash landing at Eglin Air Force Base's Duke Field, Florida, leading to the 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
  • 02 Oct 1980 Michael Myers becomes the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War.
vinyl songs

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?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1980?

The Origin by Irving Stone

The Origin


His 1831 voyage aboard H.M.S. From his 1831 voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, to his death in 1882. Charles Darwin encounters opposition and endures grueling sea journeys.

The Spike by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss

The Spike


The Spike

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 Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

The Fifth Horseman


Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, holds New York City hostage in a thriller about terrorist threats. He threatens to set off a hidden nuclear weapon.

American Dreams by Studs Terkel

American Dreams


The Pulitzer Prize winner's book is back in print. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ted Turner, Jesse Helms, Joan Crawford, Vine Deloria, Helen and Scott Nearing.