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Jan1 The first national U.K. steel strike since 1926 begins. It lasted until April 1st
Jan4 Joy Adamson the author of "Born Free" is killed by a lion in Kenya
Jan9 In Saudi Arabia, 63 Muslim fanatics were beheaded for their part in the siege of the Great Mosque in Mecca in November 1979.
Jan21 Anne Maguire the death of whose three children in 1976 led to the formation of the Northern Ireland Peace People Movement committed suicide. Her sister Mairead Corrigan co-founded the movement with Betty Williams
Feb13 Opening ceremonies were held in Lake Placid, New York, for the 13th Winter Olympics.
Feb23 British ice skater Robin Cousins won the figure skating gold medal at Lake Placid
Feb24 Eric Heiden wins five gold medals at the Winter Olympics
Mar4 Robert Mugabe is elected Prime Minister of Zimbabwe formerly Rhodesia
Mar10 ``Scarsdale Diet'' author Dr. Herman Tarnower was shot to death in Purchase, N.Y. Jean Harris, convicted of murder, served nearly 12 years in prison before being released in 1993.
Mar20 The pirate radio station Radio Caroline, on the ship Mi Amigo, sank after 16 years of broadcasting.
Mar24 One of El Salvador's most respected Roman Catholic Church leaders, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, was shot to death by
gunmen as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador.
Mar25 Robert Runcie is enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury
Mar27 Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years erupting on 18th May. The eruption is five hundred times more powerful than the Hiroshima atom bomb. It causes $3 billion damage, but kills sixty people. 
Apr6 The Post-It note was invented by Art Fry.
Apr10 Spain and Britain agreed to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain, closed since 1969.
Apr18 Zimbabwe's (Rhodesia) formal independence from Britain (National Day). Robert Mugabe becomes Prime Minister
Apr20 An attempt by the U.S. to rescue the 53 hostages held in Iran fails. The operation ends in disaster when a RH-53D helicopter collides with a C-130 tanker during refueling procedures at the Desert One landing site.
Apr29 Film director Alfred Hitchcock dies
Apr30 Armed gunmen seized the Iranian embassy demanding the release of political prisoners in Iran. SAS free the hostages 5th May
May7 Paul Geidel, convicted of second-degree murder in 1911, was released from prison Beacon, New York, after serving 68 years and 245 days -- the longest-ever time served by an inmate
May18 Ian Curtis musician and lead singer with the band Joy Division dies after hanging himself at his home in Lancashire
  Mount St. Helens, in Washington State, erupted after being dormant for 123 years.
Jun1 CNN begins broadcasting
Jun 23 Sanjay Ghandhi the son of Indira Gandhi dies in an air crash
Jun26 The fascist NAR group place a bomb on a plane that crashes into the sea near Naples. 81 people die
July5 Bjorn Borg wins his fifth successive Men Singles title at Wimbledon beating John McEnroe in the final
July19 Leonid Brezhnev opens the 22nd Olympic Games in Moscow
July24 Peter Sellers dies of an heart attack
July30 The Republic of Vanuatu, formerly known as the New Hebrides, gained its independence from France and Britain
Aug2 Fascists (Armed Revolutionary Nuclei) plant a bomb in a waiting room at Bologna railway station in Northern Italy. The resultant explosion kills 84 innocent people 
Aug12 The wreck of the Titanic is located in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 12,000ft
Aug14 Lech Walesa leads the first of many strikes at the Gdansk shipyard
Aug20 Italian Reinhold Messner made the first successful solo ascent of Mount Everest.
Sep2 At the close of play at the Centeniary Test at Lords John Arlott retires from the commentary box
Sep5 World's longest road tunnel, St Gothard in Swiss Alps, opens 
Sep17 Solidarity Labour Union is formed in Poland  - it is predominantly a Catholic organisation
  Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle is shot and killed in Paraguay.
Sep22 Iraqi troops seize part of Iran in a border dispute; war begins 
Sep25 John Bonham 32 the drummer with Led Zepplin is found dead at a house in Windsor. He died of asphyxiation. He was buried on October 10th 1980 at St Michael's parish churchyard in Rushock near Kidderminster Worcs
Sep27  Alan Minter loses his World Middleweight Title to Marvin Hagler after three rounds. Hagler who kept the Crown until 1987; enjoyed his nickname “Marvelous Marvin” so much he had his name legally changed. His record as a professional boxer was 62-3-2 with 52 KO's.
Oct3  UK Housing Act comes into force allowing council tenants the right to buy their homes
Oct8 British Leyland launch the Mini Metro
Oct14 Bob Marley's last concert. He died on 11th May 1981 at the age of 36 
Oct15 Jim Callaghan retires as leader of the Labour Party 17 months after losing the General Election 
Nov4 Ronald Wilson Reagan soundly defeats Jimmy Carter in the presidential race, making Reagan the 40th president of the US. He
obtained a higher percentage of males' votes than females due in part to his opposition to the ERA. Republicans also gained
control of the US Senate. 
Nov7 The actor Steve McQueen dies of lung cancer
Nov19 A student Jacqueline Hill is confirmed as The Yorkshire Rippers thirteenth victim
Nov23 4,800 people die in a series of earthquakes in Southern Italy
Dec3 Oswald Mosley the British fascist leader of the 1930's dies aged 80
Dec8 John Lennon is assassinated outside the Dakota building in New York City by Mark David Chapman.
Dec25 Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz 89 dies in Hamburg in penury and obscurity. He succeeded Hitler briefly as Fuhrer in May1945 but was sentenced at Nuremburg to ten years imprisonment for war crimes. On his release in 1956 he received many letters from the Allies paying tribute to his honour and his motives. 


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