Throughout the past years, records of historical events have been kept through the use of newspapers. Newspapers have served us as a primary source of information for hundreds of years of past events. NewspaperArchive has utilized this to feature the most notable events that have occurred, including the events from the year 1980, such as the assassination of the Sicilian President by the mafia, the discovery of Saturn's Moon, the release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the implementation of Proclamation 4771 declaring the requirement of men 18-25 registering for the military draft, the break-up the Led Zeppelin due to their drummer's death, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.
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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.
January 6, 1980
The mafia assassinates the Sicilian President Piersanti Mattarella.
January 26, 1980
Diplomatic relations are formed between Israel and Egypt.
January 31, 1980
"Spain's own Tehran" occurs in which an invasion of the Spanish Embassy leaves 36 people dead.
February 16, 1980
North Africa and West Asia experience a total solar eclipse.
March 1, 1980
Saturn's moon, Janus, is discovered by the Voyager 1 probe.
March 27, 1980
The occurrence of the Silver Thursday market crash takes place.
April 7, 1980
Diplomatic relations are ended by the United States with Iran after Iran took American hostages the previous year.
April 10, 1980
A border separating Gibraltar and Spain is implemented by Spain and the United Kingdom to be put in place in 1985.
April 14, 1980
The first album by the band Iron Maiden released.
May 11, 1980
Henry Hill the mobster is captures and charged on possession of drugs.
May 21, 1980
The Empire Strikes Back, Episode V of the Star Wars film series, makes it's debut.
June 1, 1980
The Cable News Network, better known as CNN, launches as the firs news channel to air news 24 hours a day.
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.
July 16, 1980
Ronald Reagan, former Governor of California and actor, is nominated for United States Presidency.
July 30, 1980
The Jerusalem Law is ratified by the Knesset of Israel.
August 14, 1980
Paul Leslie Snider murders wife and former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Dorothy Stratten, and then commits suicide.
September 2, 1980
The Escort MK3 is produced by the European Ford Company as hatchback with front-wheel drive.
October 14, 1980
American railroads become deregulated upon the implementation of the Staggers Rail Act.
October 25, 1980
The conclusion of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction takes place during the Hague Convention proceedings.
December 4, 1980
After drummer John Bonham of Led Zeppelin dies, the band holds a press release announcing their break-up.
December 8, 1980
Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon outside of his New York City apartment.
December 11, 1980
The U.S. Congress officially implements CERCLA.