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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 28, 1980 – Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
- 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.
- June 1, 1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.
- 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 14, 1980 – Lech Wałęsa leads strikes at the Gdańsk, Poland shipyards.
- November 12, 1980 – The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn and takes the first images of its rings.
- November 24, 1980 – Assassination of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador.
- December 8, 1980 – John Lennon, an English musician (former member of The Beatles), and peace activist, is murdered by Mark David Chapman, a mentally unstable fan, in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City.
Who Were Born On 1980?
- January 16, 1980 – Lin Manuel Miranda, American actor, composer, lyricist (In The Heights)
- February 2, 1980 – Angela Finger-Erben, German television presenter
- April 14, 1980 – Win Butler, American/Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
- April 25, 1980 – Kazuhito Tadano, Japanese baseball player
- May 9, 1980 – Tony Schmidt, German racing driver
- May 15, 1980 – Josh Beckett, American baseball player
- July 11, 1980 – TJ Wilson, Canadian professional wrestler
- September 1, 1980 – Sammy Adjei, Ghanaian footballer
- October 10, 1980 – Elvis Hammond, Ghanaian footballer
- December 3, 1980 – Laryea Kingston, Ghanaian football player