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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.
- May 5, 1980 – Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
- May 18, 1980 – 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
- July 7, 1980 – During the Lebanese civil war, 83 Tiger militants are killed during what will be known as the Safra massacre.
- August 19, 1980 – Saudia Flight 163, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar burns after making an emergency landing at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing 301 people.
- October 25, 1980 – Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction conclude at The Hague.
- October 29, 1980 – Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s murderer, leaves for New York from his home in Hawaii.
- October 30, 1980 – El Salvador and Honduras sign a peace treaty to put the border dispute fought over in 1969's Football War before the International Court of Justice.
- December 11, 1980 – The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, also known as CERCLA or Superfund, is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
Who Were Born On 1980?
- January 22, 1980 – Jake Grove, American football player
- April 9, 1980 – Jerko Leko, Croatian footballer
- April 26, 1980 – Jordana Brewster, American actress
- July 14, 1980 – Jed Madela, Filipino singer
- July 17, 1980 – Ryan Miller, American hockey player
- August 16, 1980 – Piet Rooijakkers, Dutch professional bicyclist
- November 13, 1980 – Monique Coleman, American actress
- December 14, 1980 – Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer
- December 21, 1980 – Royce Ring, American baseball player
- December 31, 1980 – Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player