Historical Events For Year 1980

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January 4, 1980

A gain embargo is made against the USSR by President Jimmy Carter of the United States with the support of the European Commission.
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January 6, 1980

The mafia assassinates the Sicilian President Piersanti Mattarella. Read More

January 26, 1980

Diplomatic relations are formed between Israel and Egypt. Read More

January 31, 1980

"Spain's own Tehran" occurs in which an invasion of the Spanish Embassy leaves 36 people dead.
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February 16, 1980

North Africa and West Asia experience a total solar eclipse. Read More

March 1, 1980

Saturn's moon, Janus, is discovered by the Voyager 1 probe. Read More

March 27, 1980

The occurrence of the Silver Thursday market crash takes place. Read More

April 7, 1980

Diplomatic relations are ended by the United States with Iran after Iran took American hostages the previous year.
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April 10, 1980

A border separating Gibraltar and Spain is implemented by Spain and the United Kingdom to be put in place in 1985.
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April 14, 1980

The first album by the band Iron Maiden released. Read More

May 11, 1980

Henry Hill the mobster is captures and charged on possession of drugs. Read More

May 21, 1980

The Empire Strikes Back, Episode V of the Star Wars film series, makes it's debut. Read More

June 1, 1980

The Cable News Network, better known as CNN, launches as the firs news channel to air news 24 hours a day.
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June 27, 1980

The invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union causes President Jimmy Carter to implement Proclamation 4771, instilling the requirement of men aged 18-25 to register for a military draft.
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July 16, 1980

Ronald Reagan, former Governor of California and actor, is nominated for United States Presidency.
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July 30, 1980

The Jerusalem Law is ratified by the Knesset of Israel. Read More

August 14, 1980

Paul Leslie Snider murders wife and former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Dorothy Stratten, and then commits suicide.
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September 2, 1980

The Escort MK3 is produced by the European Ford Company as hatchback with front-wheel drive.
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October 14, 1980

American railroads become deregulated upon the implementation of the Staggers Rail Act. Read More

October 25, 1980

The conclusion of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction takes place during the Hague Convention proceedings.
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December 4, 1980

After drummer John Bonham of Led Zeppelin dies, the band holds a press release announcing their break-up.
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December 8, 1980

Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon outside of his New York City apartment. Read More

December 11, 1980

The U.S. Congress officially implements CERCLA. Read More