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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 14, 1980 – In Poland, a plane crashes during final approach near Warsaw, killing 87 people, including a 14-man American boxing team.
- April 18, 1980 – The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country’s first President. The Zimbabwe Dollar replaces the Rhodesian Dollar as the official currency.
- May 9, 1980 – In Norco, California, five masked gunman hold up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer are killed and thirty-three police and civilian vehicles are destroyed in the chase.
- June 1, 1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.
- August 1, 1980 – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland and becomes the country’s first democratically elected female head of state
- August 14, 1980 – Lech Wałęsa leads strikes at the Gdańsk, Poland shipyards.
- September 17, 1980 – After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established.
- 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.
- November 23, 1980 – A series of earthquakes in southern Italy kills approximately 3,000 people.
Who Were Born On 1980?
- February 12, 1980 – Sarah Lancaster, American actress
- March 26, 1980 – Richie Wellens, English footballer
- April 21, 1980 – Martin Rosete, Spanish film director and publicist
- May 2, 1980 – Troy Murphy, American basketball player
- May 23, 1980 – Theofanis Gekas, Greek footballer
- June 13, 1980 – Jamario Moon, American basketball player
- July 12, 1980 – Johanna Klum, German TV presenter
- July 26, 1980 – Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41)
- July 27, 1980 – Allan Davis, Australian cyclist
- September 15, 1980 – Mike Dunleavy, Jr., American basketball player