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1980 Historical Event(s)
- February 16, 1980 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.
- February 22, 1980 – Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3.
- February 23, 1980 – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
- June 3, 1980 – The 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak. Seven tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska takes five lives, 357 single-family homes, 33 mobile homes, 85 apartments, 49 businesses and $300 million in damages all told, according to National Weather Service and American Red Cross statistics on the deadly storm.
- August 12, 1980 – The Montevideo Treaty, establishing the Latin American Integration Association, is signed.
- September 1, 1980 – Major General Chun Doo-hwan becomes president of South Korea, following the resignation of Choi Kyu-hah.
- September 5, 1980 – The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world’s longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles (16.224 km) stretching from Goschenen to Airolo.
- September 17, 1980 – After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established.
- September 18, 1980 – Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (including 1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station.
- October 29, 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.
Who Were Born On 1980?
- January 4, 1980 – Greg Cipes, American actor
- March 13, 1980 – Caron Butler, American basketballer
- May 22, 1980 – Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (d. 2009)
- May 25, 1980 – Joe King, American musician (The Fray)
- June 25, 1980 – Nozomi Takeuchi, Japanese actress
- August 8, 1980 – Craig Breslow, American baseball player
- September 6, 1980 – Kerry Katona, British singer and media personality
- October 2, 1980 – Shane Andrus, American football player
- December 15, 1980 – Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist (Kasabian)
- December 27, 1980 – Bernard Berrian, American football player