1980

Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebook sold for over $5 million in 1980. In this year that saw the rise of heavy metal. The publishing of the first UK Indie chart was in 1980 as well. Bon Scott the lead singer of the heavy metal band AC/DC died in London. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ became the highest grossing film of the year at the box office.

1980

It was a tough year for two of ex-Beatles members, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney who with his band Wings returned to Japan since 1966 the last time the Beatles were there. Possession of narcotics led to his arrest at the airport. His incarceration ended on January 25. On December 8, the world was shocked to hear that John Lennon was dead. Mark David Chapman shot the iconic Beatles singer twice in the back just outside his New York apartment. Thousands of people held vigils in New York’s Central Park and other cities in the world to mourn his death.

On June 1, Time Warner Company launched CNN, the world’s first ever 24-hour international news television channel. At 6 p.m. EST, CNN began its broadcast with a story about the assassination attempt of Vernon Jordan a civil rights leader and activist, from their headquarters in Atlanta Georgia. Today, CNN is accessible to more than 160 million households and business across the world.

In 1980, the cold war was creating tension across the world, and the two main sides were the USA and Russia. Coincidentally, Moscow was the host of the 1980 Olympics. Due to the supremacy wars between the two countries, the then USA President, Jimmy Carter announced that USA athletes would not participate in the 1980 Olympics. This declaration was after Russia refused to honor Jimmy Carter's order for them to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan.

The year 1980 marked the beginning of an era of fashion freedoms and it saw the rise of designer’s clothes with vivid and bright colors. Also, the year set off the phenomenon of hippies.

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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

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Directed by: David Lynch

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Country: United States of America

Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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

Country: United States of America

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Directed by: Vladimir Menshov

Starring: Vera Alentova, Aleksey Batalov, Irina Muravyova, Raisa Ryazanova

Kagemusha

Kagemusha

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu

Country: United States of America

Books

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Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer

Kane & Abel

By:

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant. Two men, born on the same day, on opposite sides of the

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity

By:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER His memory is a blank. His bullet-ridden body was fished from the Mediterranean Sea. His face has been altered by plastic surgery.

The Brethren by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong

The Brethren

By:

The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action.Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief

Donahue by Phil Donahue

Donahue

By:

DJ price clipeed at flap. Creasing, small tears, and edge wear to DJ. Pages are clean. Binding is tight.

Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz

Princess Daisy

By:

She was born Princess Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky. But everyone called her Daisy. She was a blonde beauty living in a world of aristocrats and countless wealthy. Her father was a prince, a Russian nobleman.

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1980 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Jason
  4. David
  5. James
  6. Matthew
  7. Joshua
  8. John
  9. Robert
  10. Joseph
Top #10 female names
  1. Jennifer
  2. Amanda
  3. Jessica
  4. Melissa
  5. Sarah
  6. Heather
  7. Nicole
  8. Amy
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Michelle
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1980?


Events

  • 01 Jan International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • 02 Jan US President Jimmy Carter asks the Senate to postpone action on the SALT II nuclear weapons treaty and recalls the U.S. ambassador to Moscow.
  • 03 Jan Gold hits record US$634 an ounce.
  • 04 Jan President Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 06 Jan Global Positioning System time epoch begins at 00:00 UTC.
  • 07 Jan U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation approving $1.5 billion in loan guarantees to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
  • 09 Jan 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • 10 Jan Last broadcast of Rockford Files on NBC
  • 11 Jan Debut of Pretenders
  • 12 Jan Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 13 Jan King of Schnorrers closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • 14 Jan Blues Brothers movie with Dan Akwoyd and John Belushi opens
  • 16 Jan Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession
  • 17 Jan NASA launches Fltsatcom-3.
  • 18 Jan Gold reaches $1,000 an oz
  • 20 Jan President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • 21 Jan Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • 22 Jan Dissidents Andrei Sacharov and Jelena Bonner banished to Gorki
  • 24 Jan The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad is ordered to be liquidated due to bankruptcy.
  • 25 Jan Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail and deported
  • 26 Jan 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 27 Jan Near Livermore, California, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurs.
  • 28 Jan 37th Golden Globes: Dustin Hoffman and Sally Field win.
  • 29 Jan 6 Iranian held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • 31 Jan Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41.
  • 01 Feb Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 02 Feb (to February 3) New Mexico State Penitentiary inmates riot; 33 are killed and more than 100 injured.
  • 03 Feb Muhammed Ali tours Africa as US President Jimmy Carter's envoy.
  • 04 Feb Bani Sadr sworn in as Premier of Iran
  • 05 Feb 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit.
  • 09 Feb Rick Barry, Houston Rockets, is first in NBA to score eight 3-point goals in a game.
  • 10 Feb Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.
  • 12 Feb Canterbury Tales opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 13 Feb Apollo Computer is incorporated.
  • 14 Feb West Side Story opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • 15 Feb Eric Heiden skates Olympics record 500 metre in 38.03 seconds.
  • 16 Feb Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France.
  • 17 Feb Buddy Baker wins Daytona 500 (177.6 mph / 285.8 km/h)
  • 18 Feb Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • 19 Feb Eric Heiden skates Olympics record 1000 metre in 1:15.18.
  • 20 Feb Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
  • 21 Feb Eric Heiden skates Olympics record 1500 metre in 1:55.44.
  • 22 Feb USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3 en route to a gold medal
  • 23 Feb 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, New York
  • 24 Feb Canterbury Tales closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 25 Feb Coup ousts Prime Minister Henck Arron of Suriname
  • 26 Feb Military coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • 27 Feb Israel and Egypt exchange ambassadors
  • 28 Feb The Well-Tuned Piano by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)
  • 29 Feb Michael Bracey ends 59 hours 55 minutes trapped in an elevator, England.
  • 01 Mar CTUC, Commonwealth Trade Union Council, established
  • 02 Mar 3rd Islander scoreless tie - Penguins in Pittsburgh
  • 03 Mar The USS Nautilus is decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register.
  • 04 Mar 40th hat trick in New York Islanders' history-Mike Bossy.
  • 05 Mar Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49.
  • 06 Mar Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time
  • 08 Mar US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 09 Mar Flemish / Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured
  • 10 Mar Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show
  • 12 Mar Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 13 Mar Eric Heiden skates world record 1000 metre (1:13.60).
  • 14 Mar 3rd Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 16 Mar Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic.
  • 18 Mar Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
  • 20 Mar US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran.
  • 21 Mar On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot
  • 22 Mar The Georgia Guidestones are erected in Elbert County, Georgia.
  • 23 Mar Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt
  • 24 Mar Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
  • 26 Mar A mine lift cage at the Vaal Reef gold mine in South Africa falls 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers), killing 23.
  • 27 Mar Happy New Year opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 31 Mar Jesse Owens, American athlete (Olympics-gold-1936), dies in Tucson, Arizona at age 66 (born 1913).
  • 01 Apr New York City's Transport Works Union Local 100 goes on strike, which continues for 11 days.
  • 02 Apr Wayne Gretzky becomes first teenager to score 50 goals in an NHL season.
  • 03 Apr US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 06 Apr Post It Notes are introduced.
  • 07 Apr Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis
  • 09 Apr Kings tie NHL rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs. Isles
  • 10 Apr Samuel Kanyon Doe takes over Liberia in a ''coup d'état'', ending over 130 years of democratic presidential succession in that country.
  • 11 Apr Paul McCartney releases Coming Up
  • 12 Apr BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
  • 13 Apr Grease closes at Broadhurst Theater in New York City after 3,388 performances.
  • 14 Apr 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida
  • 15 Apr Libya and Syria recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • 16 Apr Delhi beats Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final.
  • 18 Apr Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from United Kingdom. Robert Mugabe becomes Prime Minister.
  • 20 Apr Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
  • 21 Apr Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit, Michigan
  • 22 Apr Jane Froman, singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), dies at age 72.
  • 23 Apr Soviet submarine catches fire off Japan, nine die.
  • 24 Apr US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die
  • 25 Apr Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb.
  • 26 Apr Iran begins scattering US hostages from the US Embassy.
  • 27 Apr Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic.
  • 28 Apr Reunion Arena in Dallas opens
  • 30 Apr Barnum opens at St. James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • 01 May Day in Hollywood, A Night... opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances
  • 02 May Joseph Doherty and three other Irish Republican Army men arrested for murder.
  • 03 May Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st and final HR
  • 04 May Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • 05 May Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British commandos and police stormed the building.
  • 07 May Josip Tito, Yugoslav President, buried
  • 08 May World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated.
  • 09 May 35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge
  • 10 May Happy New Year closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 11 May Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament.
  • 12 May 1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris)
  • 13 May Cincinnati Reds' Ray Knight hits two homeruns in 5th inning versus New York Mets.
  • 14 May Musical Chairs opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • 15 May 1st trans-US balloon crossing
  • 16 May Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
  • 17 May Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours
  • 18 May China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket
  • 19 May Blackstone opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • 20 May Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss
  • 21 May Empire Strikes Back premieres
  • 22 May Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue marry.
  • 23 May ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton.
  • 24 May Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • 25 May Musical Chairs closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • 26 May Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters
  • 27 May 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 Nottingham Forrest wins 25th Europe Cup 1 in Madrid, Spain.
  • 29 May Billy Bishop Goes to War opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 31 May Love Stinks by J Geils Band peaks at #38
  • 01 Jun 1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network
  • 03 Jun Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination
  • 05 Jun Soyuz T-2 carries two cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station.
  • 07 Jun Billy Bishop Goes to War closes at Morosco NYC after 12 performances
  • 08 Jun 26th LPGA Championship won by Sally Little
  • 09 Jun 14th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers and Loretta Lynn
  • 10 Jun A Unabomber bomb injures United Airlines president Percy Wood in Lake Forest, Illinois.
  • 11 Jun K-Ingleside streetcar converts to METRO service (San Francisco)
  • 12 Jun Reagan said he would submit to periodic medical tests
  • 13 Jun Deborah Harry / Meat Loaf film, Roadie, premieres
  • 14 Jun Theme From NY, New York by Frank Sinatra hits #32
  • 15 Jun Fearless Frank opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 16 Jun Blues Brothers, premieres in Chicago
  • 17 Jun Led Zeppelin begins their last European tour
  • 18 Jun Blues Brothers with Dan Akwoyd and John Belushi premieres
  • 19 Jun Battle between police and demonstrators in Cape Town, 34 killed
  • 20 Jun California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs and double to beat Red Sox 20-2
  • 22 Jun Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • 23 Jun David Letterman Show, debuts on NBC-TV daytime
  • 24 Jun Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, first horse to win $2 million.
  • 25 Jun Fearless Frank closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 26 Jun Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 crashes into the sea near Palermo after an explosion occurs in the air 81 people die. A bomb or a missile is suspected to be the cause of the accident but no culprits are ever found.
  • 27 Jun 1st female state police graduates (NJ)
  • 28 Jun New York City transit fare rises from 50 cents to 60 cents
  • 29 Jun Sweeney Todd closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances
  • 30 Jun West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow
  • 01 Jul Steve Overt runs world record 3:48.8 mile in Oslo, Norway.
  • 03 Jul 1st US Seniors Golf Open: Roberto deVicenzo
  • 04 Jul Nolan Ryan strikes out Ceasar Geronimo to record his 3000th career strike out.
  • 05 Jul 87th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats C Evert (61 76)
  • 06 Jul Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 07 Jul Jineane Ford, (AZ) replaces S Weatherly (Miss Universe) as 29th Miss USA
  • 08 Jul 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • 09 Jul 7 die in a stampede to see Pope in Brazil
  • 10 Jul Alexandra Palace burns down for a second time.
  • 11 Jul American hostage Richard I Queen freed by Iran
  • 15 Jul A severe and destructive thunderstorm strikes four counties in western Wisconsin, including the city of Eau Claire. It causes over US$250 million in damage, and one person is killed.
  • 16 Jul Polish railway workers block railway to Russia
  • 17 Jul Bolivian military coup; general Garcia Meza becomes President
  • 18 Jul Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly France
  • 19 Jul 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US and others boycott
  • 20 Jul 109th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 271 at Muirfield Gullane
  • 21 Jul Jean-Claude Droyer climbs the Eiffel Tower in 2 hours 18 minutes.
  • 23 Jul Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya
  • 24 Jul The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.
  • 25 Jul Train crash at Winsum, 9 die
  • 27 Jul Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • 30 Jul Houston Astro pitcher J R Richard suffers a stroke
  • 31 Jul John Phillips of Mamas and Papas is arrested on drug charges
  • 01 Aug Waldemar Cierpinski wins 19th olympics marathon (2:11:03
  • 02 Aug Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed
  • 03 Aug 22nd Olympic games close at Moscow, USSR
  • 04 Aug John andYoko begin recording Double Fantasy
  • 05 Aug Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager
  • 07 Aug Hurricane Allen ravages Caribisch area, about 70 killed
  • 08 Aug LBV Conference Center and Club Lake Villas open
  • 09 Aug Belgian constitution revised
  • 10 Aug 62nd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 274 at Oak Hill, New York
  • 11 Aug Angola revises its constitution
  • 13 Aug Suriname President Johan Ferrier ousted
  • 14 Aug 17,000 workers strike in Gdansk, Poland
  • 16 Aug Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • 17 Aug Blackstone closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • 19 Aug George Brett ends hitting streak at 30
  • 20 Aug Mt Everest climbed by Italian Reinhold Messner, alone
  • 21 Aug Linda Ronstadt opens in Pirates of Penzance on Broadway
  • 22 Aug Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale
  • 24 Aug Beth Daniel wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • 25 Aug 42nd Street opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 3486 performances
  • 26 Aug Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • 27 Aug Chon Doo Hwan elected President of South Korea
  • 31 Aug Oklahoma! closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances
  • 01 Sep Dutch embassy in Israel moves from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv
  • 04 Sep Yes performs its last concert (Madison Square Garden)
  • 05 Sep Poland party leader Edward Gierek resigns
  • 06 Sep 94th US Womens Tennis: Chris E L Mills beats H Mandlikova (57 61 61)
  • 07 Sep 32nd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ed Asner and Barbara Bel Geddes
  • 08 Sep Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely due to drug arrest
  • 10 Sep Expos Bill Gullickson, sets rookie record of striking out 18
  • 11 Sep Chile adopts its constitution
  • 12 Sep Military coup under General Kenan Evren in Turkey
  • 13 Sep 1st United Negro College Fund
  • 14 Sep Charlie & Algernon opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 15 Sep Paul McCartney releases Temporary Secretary
  • 16 Sep Saint Vincent and the Grenadines join the United Nations.
  • 17 Sep Divine Madness starring Bette Midler, premieres
  • 18 Sep Les Miserables, opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • 19 Sep Titan II missile explosion (Damascus, Arkansas).
  • 20 Sep Bronze plaque dedicated to memory of Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium
  • 21 Sep Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
  • 22 Sep Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway
  • 23 Sep Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens
  • 24 Sep Braves join every NL team with 1,000,000+ attendance for this season
  • 25 Sep Chevy Chase calls Cary Grant a homo on Tomorrow show (suit follows)
  • 26 Sep Bomb attack on Octoberfest in Munich, 12 killed
  • 27 Sep WHOT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM and 92.5 FM
  • 28 Sep Charlie & Algernon closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 29 Sep Malcolm McDowell wed Mary Steenburgen
  • 30 Sep Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard for Ethernet, which is the first implementation outside of Xerox, and the first to support 10 Mbit/s speeds.
  • 01 Oct Cosmonauts Ryumin and Popov break space endurance record of 176 days.
  • 02 Oct Larry Holmes retains WBC heavweight title defeating Muhammad Ali.
  • 03 Oct 4 dies in attack on synagogue in Paris
  • 05 Oct Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale Bronx
  • 06 Oct Guyana adopts constitution
  • 07 Oct Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns
  • 08 Oct Bob Marley collapses on stage, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital
  • 09 Oct Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czeslaw Milosz
  • 10 Oct 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
  • 11 Oct Dallas Mavericks 1st game at Reunion Arena beat San Antonio 103-92
  • 12 Oct 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat and Tears concert in LA
  • 13 Oct Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, New York
  • 14 Oct Phils rally from 4-0 deficit to beat the Royals, 7-6 to take WS opener
  • 15 Oct George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids
  • 16 Oct Brigadoon opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances
  • 17 Oct 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW vs. Queensland (2-52 & 1-39)
  • 18 Oct Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA
  • 21 Oct Banjo Dancing opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • 22 Oct 4th government of Martens forms in Belgium
  • 23 Oct Tintypes opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • 24 Oct Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar
  • 25 Oct Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 26 Oct 11th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41
  • 27 Oct Astros owner John McMullen replaces GM Tal Smith with Al Rosen
  • 28 Oct 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 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 Honduras and El Salvador settle their boundary dispute
  • 31 Oct Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat
  • 03 Nov Ianford Wilsons 5th of July, premieres in New York City
  • 04 Nov Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2)
  • 08 Nov In Gorda Plate, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurs. Most of the damage occurred east of Fields Landing, where two sections of an overpass on U.S. Highway 101 collapsed onto the railroad tracks below.
  • 09 Nov Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran
  • 10 Nov Dan Rather refuses to pay his cabbie, CBS pays $12.55 fare
  • 11 Nov Crew of Soyuz 35 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 37.
  • 12 Nov New York City Mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana
  • 13 Nov Gabriella Brum, 18, of W Germany crowned 30th Miss World, she resigns the next day, because she wants to marry her 52 year old boyfriend
  • 14 Nov Guinee-Bissau Premier Vieira fires President Luis Cabral
  • 15 Nov Pope John Paul II begins five-day visit to West Germany.
  • 16 Nov Tampa Bay Buccaneer QB Doug Williams throws for 486 yards
  • 17 Nov John Lennon releases Double Fantasy album in the UK
  • 18 Nov Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP
  • 20 Nov Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes 1st solar-powered flight
  • 21 Nov Fire at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84
  • 22 Nov Georgia tanker at Pilottown, Louisiana, spills 1.3 million gallons of oil after an anchor chain caused the ship to leak.
  • 23 Nov 4,800 die in series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy
  • 24 Nov Ronald Reagan Jr marries Doria Palmieri
  • 25 Nov Coup in Burkina abolishes constitution
  • 26 Nov Columbia mated to SRBs and external tank at Vehicle Assembly Building
  • 27 Nov Soyuz T-3 carries three cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched.
  • 30 Nov Banjo Dancing closes at Century Theater NYC after 38 performances
  • 01 Dec Mel Harris appears on M*A*S*H in Cementing Relationships
  • 02 Dec Four American Maryknoll nuns killed by death squads in El Salvador.
  • 03 Dec New York Federal jury finds Reps Thompson D-New Jersey and Murphy, D-NY, guilty
  • 04 Dec English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.
  • 06 Dec Jim Bakker rapes Jessica Hahn
  • 08 Dec John Lennon, an English musician and peace activist, is murdered by Mark David Chapman, a mentally unstable fan, in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City.
  • 10 Dec Soyuz T-3 returns to Earth.
  • 11 Dec Dirk Wellham scores 100 on first-class debut, New South Wales versus Victoria.
  • 12 Dec USA's copyright law amended to include computer programs.
  • 13 Dec Perfectly Frank closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 14 Dec Onward Victoria opens / closes at Martin Beck NYC for 1 performance
  • 15 Dec New York Yankees' Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, ten years $15 million.
  • 16 Dec US President-elect Ronald Reagan announces Alexander Haig as Secretary of State.
  • 17 Dec Mauritania provisional constitution published.
  • 18 Dec Vietnam adopts constitution.
  • 19 Dec Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from Saint Kitts.
  • 20 Dec USSR formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin.
  • 21 Dec Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions.
  • 22 Dec US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints Jean Kirkpatrick (UN delegate) and James Watt (Interior).
  • 24 Dec Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds
  • 26 Dec Richard Chase, the "Vampire of Sacramento," kills himself by overdose on San Quentin prison death row (born 1950).
  • 27 Dec Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78
  • 28 Dec MTxico terminates fishing agreements with US.
  • 29 Dec Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A
  • 30 Dec Wonderful World of Disney, last performance on NBC-TV
  • 31 Dec Senegal President Leopold Senghor resigns.