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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.
- March 21, 1980 – US President Jimmy Carter announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.
- March 24, 1980 – Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador.
- April 2, 1980 – President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.
- April 9, 1980 – The Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein kills philosopher Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and his sister Bint al-Huda after three days of torture.
- April 20, 1980 – Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
- May 13, 1980 – An F3 tornado hits Kalamazoo County, Michigan. President Jimmy Carter declares it a federal disaster area.
- May 20, 1980 – In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.
- July 24, 1980 – 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.
- August 1, 1980 – Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
Who Were Born On 1980?
- March 2, 1980 – Édson Nobre, Angolan footballer
- March 4, 1980 – Jack Hannahan, American baseball player
- May 2, 1980 – Zat Knight, English footballer
- May 16, 1980 – Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player
- July 15, 1980 – Jonathan Cheechoo, Canadian ice hockey player
- August 17, 1980 – Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer
- August 28, 1980 – Carly Pope, Canadian actress
- October 14, 1980 – Niels Lodberg, Danish footballer
- November 7, 1980 – Gervasio Deferr, Spanish gymnast
- December 25, 1980 – Marcus Trufant, American football player