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1980 Historical Event(s)
- January 7, 1980 – President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
- February 16, 1980 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.
- February 24, 1980 – The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.
- February 28, 1980 – Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
- April 20, 1980 – Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
- June 10, 1980 – The African National Congress in South Africa publishes a call to fight from their imprisoned leader Nelson Mandela.
- August 12, 1980 – The Montevideo Treaty, establishing the Latin American Integration Association, is signed.
- September 12, 1980 – Military coup in Turkey.
- November 20, 1980 – Lake Peigneur drains into an underlying salt deposit. A misplaced Texaco oil probe had been drilled into the Diamond Crystal Salt Mine, causing water to flow down into the mine, eroding the edges of the hole. The resulting whirlpool sucked the drilling platform, several barges, houses and trees thousands of feet down to the bottom of the dissolving salt deposit.
- November 21, 1980 – A deadly fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Paradise, Nevada (now Bally’s Las Vegas). 87 people are killed and more than 650 are injured in the worst disaster in Nevada history.
Who Were Born On 1980?
- January 7, 1980 – Zöe Salmon, Northern Irish television presenter
- January 14, 1980 – Byron Leftwich, American football player
- January 17, 1980 – Kimberly Spicer, American model
- February 5, 1980 – Stefano Di Fiordo, Italian footballer
- March 21, 1980 – Lee Jin, South Korean actress
- May 25, 1980 – David Navarro, Spanish footballer
- June 2, 1980 – Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian rock drummer (The Strokes)
- July 10, 1980 – Alejandro Millán, Mexican singer and songwriter
- November 9, 1980 – James Harper, English footballer
- November 15, 1980 – Ace Young, American singer