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1980 Historical Event(s)
- January 28, 1980 – USCGC Blackthorn collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
- 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.
- April 12, 1980 – Terry Fox begins his “Marathon of Hope” at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
- April 24, 1980 – Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.
- April 30, 1980 – Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
- September 1, 1980 – Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope ends near Thunder Bay, Ontario.
- 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.
- November 23, 1980 – A series of earthquakes in southern Italy kills approximately 3,000 people.
Who Were Born On 1980?
- March 18, 1980 – Sophia Myles, English actress
- April 13, 1980 – Quentin Richardson, American basketball player
- May 6, 1980 – Taebin, Korean singer (1TYM)
- June 6, 1980 – Matt Belisle, American baseball player
- June 10, 1980 – Ovie Mughelli, American football player
- June 20, 1980 – Fabian Wegmann, German road racing cyclist
- July 7, 1980 – Dan Whitesides, American drummer (The Used)
- July 25, 1980 – Diam’s, French rapper
- August 2, 1980 – Dingdong Dantes, Filipino actor
- October 7, 1980 – Edison Chen, Canadian actor