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  • Texas, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 1, 1980

    Juneteenth

    Officially made a state holiday

    Texas, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 1, 1980

    The bill passed through the Texas Legislature in 1979 and was officially made a state holiday on January 1, 1980.




  • Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 1, 1980

    April Fools' Day

    Pranks (U.S.)

    Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 1, 1980

    Great Blue Hill eruption prank: On April 1, 1980, Boston television station WNAC-TV aired a fake news bulletin at the end of the 6 o'clock news which reported that Great Blue Hill in Milton, Massachusetts was erupting. The prank resulted in panic in Milton, where some residents began to flee their homes. The executive producer of the 6 o'clock news, Homer Cilley, was fired by the station for "his failure to exercise good news judgment" and for violating the Federal Communications Commission's rules about showing stock footage without identifying it as such.




  • U.S.
    Friday Jun 13, 1980

    Murder of Gabriel Fernandez

    Aguirre's Birth

    U.S.
    Friday Jun 13, 1980

    Isauro Aguirre, also known as Tony Aguirre, was born on June 13, 1980. Aguirre repeated two grades in school and ultimately dropped out, implying a possible learning disability.




  • New Mexico, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 1, 1980

    Bill Gates

    IBM approached Microsoft

    New Mexico, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 1, 1980

    IBM approached Microsoft in July 1980 in reference to an operating system for its upcoming personal computer, the IBM PC. IBM first proposed that Microsoft write the Basic interpreter.




  • Michigan, U.S.
    Friday Sep 12, 1980

    Jimmy Hoffa

    Death of His Wiife

    Michigan, U.S.
    Friday Sep 12, 1980

    Hoffa's wife, Josephine, died on September 12, 1980. She is entombed in Michigan.




  • Damascus, Arkansas, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 18, 1980

    Atomic Bomb

    The Damascus Accident

    Damascus, Arkansas, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 18, 1980

    September 18–19, 1980: the Damascus Accident, occurred in Damascus, Arkansas, where a Titan missile equipped with a nuclear warhead exploded. The accident was caused by a maintenance man who dropped a socket from a socket wrench down an 80-foot (24 m) shaft, puncturing a fuel tank on the rocket. Leaking fuel resulted in a hypergolic fuel explosion, jettisoning the W-53 warhead beyond the launch site.




  • The Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 23, 1980

    Bob Marley

    Marley's Last Concert

    The Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 23, 1980

    Marley's last concert occurred at the Stanley Theater (now called The Benedum Center For The Performing Arts) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 23 September 1980.


  • Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
    Thursday Oct 2, 1980

    Muhammad Ali Clay

    Ali dominated

    Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
    Thursday Oct 2, 1980

    The fight took place on October 2, 1980, in Las Vegas Valley, with Holmes easily dominating Ali, who was weakened from thyroid medication he had taken to lose weight. Holmes defeated Ali by 10th round TKO.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 4, 1980

    Jimmy Carter

    The 1980 United States presidential election

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 4, 1980

    The 1980 United States presidential election was the 49th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on November 4, 1980. Republican nominee Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter. Due to the rise of conservativism following Reagan's victory, some historians consider the election to be a realigning election that marked the start of the "Reagan Era".


  • U.S.
    Saturday Dec 6, 1980

    Robin Williams

    First major performance

    U.S.
    Saturday Dec 6, 1980

    His first major performance is as the title character in Popeye (1980). There, Williams showcased the acting skills previously demonstrated in his television work; and the film's commercial disappointment was not blamed on his performance.


  • New York, U.S.
    Monday Dec 8, 1980

    The Beatles

    Lennon's Death

    New York, U.S.
    Monday Dec 8, 1980

    In December 1980, Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York City apartment.


  • Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 16, 1980

    KFC

    Death of Creator

    Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 16, 1980

    On 16 December 1980, his promotional work making him a prominent figure in American cultural history. By the time of his death, there were an estimated 6,000 KFC outlets in 48 different countries worldwide, with $2 billion of sales annually.


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