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Major Events of 1980

1980 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXX) was the 80th year of the 20th century. 1980 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Tuesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1980.
News Events of 1980

Start of Iran-Iraq war.

Iranian embassy siege in London, the UK.

John Lennon assassinated.

Lech Walesa leads Solidarity union movement in Poland against communist government.

Lech Walesa

CNN launched.

Mount St. Helens erupts, killing 57, and causing $2-$3 billion of damage.

Military coup in Turkey.

Commodore VIC 20 computer released. It is the first computer to sell more than 1 million units.

Nigel Short, aged 14, becomes the youngest chess player to be awarded the title of "International Master".


Iran introduces Sharia law.

Robert Mugabe wins election in Zimbabwe, becoming the country's first black Prime Minister.

Namco releases the arcade game, Pac-Man.

Sports in 1980
  • Olympic Games:

    • 1980 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXI Olympiad): Moscow, USSR

    • 1980 Winter Olympics (XII Olympic Winter Games): Lake Placid, USA

    • The United States and a number of other countries boycott the Moscow Olympic Games in protest at the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan.

  • American Football:

    1980 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XIV):

    • Winning Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

    • Losing Team: Dallas Cowboys

  • Baseball:

    1980 World Series

    • Winning Team: Philadelphia Phillies

    • Losing Team: Kansas City Royals

  • Soccer:

    1980 European Cup:

    • Winners: Nottingham Forest

    • Runners-Up: Hamburg

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