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1980Announcement of Jimmy Carter hostage rescue bungle in Iran

1980Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner's Song)

1980John McEnroe & Bjorn Borg stage one of the greatest US Open finals as 21 year old McEnroe fends off Borg to win his 2nd straight title (7-6 6-1 6-7 5-7 6-4)

1980Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts

1980Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP

1980"Raging Bull", starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

1980Beth Daniel wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic

1980Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record

1980Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

1980NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

1980Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

1980President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow

1980Nolan Ryan is 4th to strikeout 3,000

1980US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior)

19806th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

19807 die in a stampede to see Pope John Paul II in Brazil

1980Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

198050th French Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Vitas Gerulaitis (64 61 62)

1980George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401

1980Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada

1980Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported

1980Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall"

1980Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1980"David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

198068th Australian Men Tennis: Guillermo Vilas beat John Sadri (76 63 62)

1980Jerry Lewis' 15th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,103,787

1980River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter

198037th Golden Globes: Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field wins

1980Russian dissidents Andrei Sakharov & Jelena Bonner arrested in Moscow and banished to Gorky

1980John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK

1980Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession

1980UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

1980President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry

1980Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque," premieres in NYC

19808th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Pat Bradley

1980Donna Caponi Young Pro-Am wins LPGA National Golf Tournament

1980A's Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record at 98 en route to 100

1980Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

1980Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins parliamentary election in Zimbabwe

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Series of Women's Golf

1980175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

1980Mike Schmidt is unanimous choice as NL MVP

1980CBS TV bans Calvin Klein's jean ad featuring Brooke Shields

1980KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400

1980109th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 271 at Muirfield Gullane

1980Wayne Gretzky breaks Bobby Orr's record with 103rd assist

1980Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

1980Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis

1980Yanks Reggie Jackson hits his 400th HR off Chicago's Britt Burns

1980Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan promises to name a woman to Supreme Court

1980Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

1980Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

1980Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

1980Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago

198040th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

1980After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital

1980Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

1980Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament

1980Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh

1980Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

1980Larry Holmes TKOs Scott LeDoux in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

1980Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi Young win Portland Ping Team Golf Champ

198050th French Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats Virginia Ruzici (60 63)

1980Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" hits #1

198044th Golf Masters Championship: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 275

1980Mike Schmidt's 2-run HR clinches NL East title for Phillies

1980Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in Calif

1980Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1980George Brett ends hitting streak at 30

1980Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals

1980Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic

1980John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK

19809th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

1980Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"

1980Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album

1980Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season

1980Ronald Reagan (R) defeats incumbant US President Jimmy Carter (D) by a landslide

1980Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president

198094th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats John McEnroe (16 75 63 67 86)

1980Pope John Paul II began 5 day visit to West Germany

1980"Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

198052nd Academy Awards - "Kramer vs Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

1980USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period

1980Islanders' Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against North Stars

1980Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

1980Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32

1980Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks

1980Ronald Reagan said he would submit to periodic medical tests

1980Pat Bradley wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic

1980George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good

1980Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary"

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championshipship

1980Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1980Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

1980George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids

1980Mikhail Gorbachev elected member of Politburo

1980President-elect Reagan announces Alexander Haig as secretary of state

1980Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1980Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe

1980Nancy Lopez/Curtis Strange wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

1980Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before his death

1980Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

1980Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran

1980Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale

1980Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game

1980 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
54th Australian Womens Tennis: Barbara Jordan beats S Walsh (63 63) 
Jan 1
Alabama beats Arkansas in Sugar Bowl for college football championship 
Jan 1
Chrysler UK renamed Talbot 
Jan 1
International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins 
Jan 1
Mob storms Russian embassy in Teheran 
Jan 1
Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal 
Jan 1
Sweden changes order of succession to throne 
Jan 1
Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden. 
Jan 2
68th Australian Men Tennis: Guillermo Vilas beat John Sadri (76 63 62) 
Jan 3
Gold hits record $634 an ounce 
Jan 6
"1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 perfs 
Jan 6
Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins elections in India 
Jan 6
Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat 
Jan 6
The beginning of the first GPS epoch. 
Jan 7
Minn ends Phila Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends 
Jan 8
Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0 
Jan 8
NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports 
Jan 9
63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia 
Jan 10
Last broadcast of "Rockford Files" on NBC 
Jan 10
Jim Stewart, Bruin's rookie goalie allows 3 goals in his 1st 4 mins & a total of 5 in 1st period; he never again plays in NHL 
Jan 11
Debut of Pretenders 
Jan 12
Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games 
Jan 13
"King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 perfs 
Jan 13
Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium 
Jan 13
Togo's constitution becomes effective 
Jan 14
Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec 
Jan 15
Pam Gems' "Piaf!," premieres in London 
Jan 16
Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession 
Jan 17
NASA launches Fltsatcom-3 
Jan 17
Dunmurry train explosion: a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, killing three and injuring five (including the bombers) 
Jan 18
Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce 
Jan 18
Pink Floyd's "Wall" hits #1 
Jan 18
Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000 
Jan 20
President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow 
Jan 20
US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne 
Jan 20
US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner 
Jan 20
Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena, MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB 
Jan 21
Gold hits record $850 an ounce 
Jan 21
Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal 
Jan 22
Russian dissidents Andrei Sakharov & Jelena Bonner arrested in Moscow and banished to Gorky 
Jan 22
PGA begins a senior golf tour 
Jan 22
West Indies beat England 2-0 to win 1st World Series Cup 
Jan 25
Bani Sadr elected president of Iran 
Jan 25
Dutch government demands boycott of Olympics 
Jan 25
Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft 
Jan 25
Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported 
Jan 26
175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro 
Jan 26
Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game 
Jan 26
Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations 
Jan 26
Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes 
Jan 27
"Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 perfs 
Jan 27
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 37-27 
Jan 28
37th Golden Globes: Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field wins 
Jan 28
USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers. 
Jan 28
US President Ronald Reagan lifts remaining domestic petroleum price and allocation controls originally scheduled to expire in September 1981 
Jan 29
6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians 
Jan 29
Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT 
Jan 30
Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque," premieres in NYC 
Jan 31
Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41 
Feb 1
Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System 
Feb 1
Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run 
Feb 2
FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors 
Feb 3
30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Washington 
Feb 3
Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title 
Feb 3
Mohammed Ali tours Africa as Pres Carter's envoy 
Feb 4
Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran 
Feb 4
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek 
Feb 5
32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit 
Feb 5
Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel 
Feb 9
Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game 
Feb 10
Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly," premieres in NYC 
Feb 10
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic 
Feb 12
"Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances 
Feb 12
NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets 
Feb 12
Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117 
Feb 13
Apollo Computer Inc incorporated 
Feb 13
NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin 
Feb 14
"West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances 
Feb 14
13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY 
Feb 14
US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares 
Feb 15
Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec 
Feb 15
Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals 
Feb 16
Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France 
Feb 16
Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record) 
Feb 17
Buddy Baker wins Daytona 500 (177.6 MPH/285.8 kph) 
Feb 17
Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic 
Feb 18
Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!) 
Feb 18
Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canada's elections 
Feb 19
Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay 
Feb 19
Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18 
Feb 21
Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44 
Feb 21
Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom) 
Feb 22
Afghanistan declares martial law 
Feb 22
USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period 
Feb 23
13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY 
Feb 23
Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics 
Feb 23
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Feb 23
Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spill 
Feb 24
"Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances 
Feb 24
Joanne Carner Ladies wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic 
Feb 24
Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders 
Feb 24
USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal 
Feb 25
Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname 
Feb 26
Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time 
Feb 26
Milt coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname 
Feb 26
R Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft 
Feb 27
22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet 
Feb 27
Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors 
Feb 27
Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe 
Feb 27
Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota 
Feb 28
"The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m) 
Feb 28
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 29
Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals 
Feb 29
Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England 
Mar 1
CTUC, Commonwealth Trade Union Council, established 
Mar 1
Hilbert van der Duim becomes world champion all-round skater 
Mar 1
Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit 
Mar 1
Snow falls in Florida 
Mar 1
The US enacts the Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act as part of a compromise between the Carter Administration and the Congress over the decontrol of crude oil prices 
Mar 2
3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts 
Mar 2
Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic 
Mar 2
Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games 
Mar 3
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Mar 3
The USS Nautilus is decimmissioned. 
Mar 3
Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada 
Mar 4
40th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy 
Mar 4
Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins parliamentary election in Zimbabwe 
Mar 5
Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49 
Mar 6
Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 1st time 
Mar 6
Princess Theater (Latin Quarter, Cotton Club) opens at 200 W 48th NYC 
Mar 6
French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar) 
Mar 8
6th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV) 
Mar 8
Greg Chappell 235 & Yallop 172, for 217 stand at Faisalabad 
Mar 8
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Mar 8
The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union. 
Mar 9
Flemish/Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured 
Mar 9
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Sunstar '80 Golf Tournament 
Mar 10
Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show 
Mar 11
Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Aust v Pak cricket draw 
Mar 12
Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago 
Mar 12
NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin 
Mar 13
Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60) 
Mar 13
Ford Motor Co found innocent in death of 3 women in a fiery Pinto 
Mar 13
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Jan Hoffmann GDR 
Mar 14
3rd Emmy Sports Award presentation 
Mar 14
Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay 
Mar 14
Ice Pairs Championship at Dortmund won by Cherkasova & Shakhrai (USSR) 
Mar 14
Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers) 
Mar 14
Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch 
Mar 16
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic 
Mar 18
Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50 
Mar 20
The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks 
Mar 20
US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran 
Mar 21
On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot 
Mar 23
Border completes 150 in each inning of Test Cricket v Pakistan 
Mar 23
Donna Caponi Young Pro-Am wins LPGA National Golf Tournament 
Mar 23
France performs nuclear test 
Mar 23
Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt 
Mar 24
42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA 59-54 
Mar 24
ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline" 
Mar 24
Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks 
Mar 26
Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police) 
Mar 27
"Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances 
Mar 27
"Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances 
Mar 27
Elevator in Vaal Reef S Afr gold mine crash 1900m down (23 die) 
Mar 27
Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years 
Mar 27
The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212. 
Mar 30
Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God" premieres in NYC 
Mar 30
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open 
Mar 31
Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for heavyweight boxing title 
Mar 31
Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Mar 31
President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry 
Mar 31
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors. 
Apr 1
Baseball Players' Association votes to cancel 92 remaining exhibition games 
Apr 1
Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz 
Apr 1
France performs nuclear test 
Apr 1
Wayne Gretzky breaks Bobby Orr's record with 103rd assist 
Apr 1
New York City's Transit Worker Union 100 begins a strike lasting 11 days. 
Apr 2
Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season 
Apr 3
France performs nuclear test 
Apr 3
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Apr 4
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Apr 6
9th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young 
Apr 6
Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season 
Apr 6
Post It Notes, introduced 
Apr 7
Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis 
Apr 8
Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period 
Apr 9
Belgium's Marten's government resigns 
Apr 9
Kings tie NHL rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Isles 
Apr 9
Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 
Apr 11
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment 
Apr 11
Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up" 
Apr 12
BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms 
Apr 12
Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams) 
Apr 12
US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games 
Apr 12
Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d'etat, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession. 
Apr 12
Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland. 
Apr 13
"Grease" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 3,388 performances 
Apr 13
"Reggae" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 21 performances 
Apr 13
44th Golf Masters Championship: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 275 
Apr 13
Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic 
Apr 13
Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation 
Apr 13
US boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow 
Apr 14
1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida 
Apr 14
52nd Academy Awards - "Kramer vs Kramer", Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win 
Apr 14
Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner's Song) 
Apr 16
Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis 
Apr 16
Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final 
Apr 16
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Apr 18
Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK 
Apr 20
Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift 
Apr 20
Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament 
Apr 20
Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested. 
Apr 21
84th Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:12:11 
Apr 21
Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit Mich 
Apr 21
9th Boston Women's Marathon won by Jacqueline Gareau of Can in 2:34:28 Rosie Ruiz disqualified as women's champ she hadn't run entire course 
Apr 23
Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die 
Apr 24
US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die 
Apr 25
A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan 
Apr 25
Announcement of Jimmy Carter hostage rescue bungle in Iran 
Apr 25
Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb 
Apr 25
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Apr 26
Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01) 
Apr 26
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Apr 26
Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy 
Apr 26
Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120 feet 
Apr 26
Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards) 
Apr 27
Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic 
Apr 28
Cyrus Vance, Carter's Secretary of State, resigns 
Apr 28
Reunion Arena in Dallas opens 
Apr 29
Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. is founded. 
Apr 30
"Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances 
Apr 30
Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser" premieres in London 
Apr 30
Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London 
Apr 30
Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates; Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard becomes Queen 
May 1
"Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 perf 
May 1
15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell wins 
May 1
Sabres & Islanders play to 1:20 of 5th period in a playoff 
May 1
Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff) 
May 2
Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder 
May 2
Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa 
May 2
Pope John Paul II begins African tour 
May 2
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 3
106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02 
May 3
Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR 
May 3
Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins becomes 4th to win 100 games in AL & NL 
May 4
Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning 
May 4
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament 
May 4
White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958 
May 5
Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British SAS & police storm the building 
May 5
Constantine Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece. 
May 7
Josip Tito, Yugoslav president, buried 
May 7
Samm-Art Williams' "Home" premieres in NYC 
May 8
Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game 
May 8
World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated 
May 9
35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge 
May 10
"Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances 
May 11
Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament 
May 11
Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies 
May 12
1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris) 
May 12
West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores the winner with a rare header. 
May 13
Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets 
May 14
"Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances 
May 14
Dept of Health & Human Services begins operation 
May 14
Valencia wins 20th Europe Cup II 
May 14
Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3 
May 15
1st trans-US balloon crossing 
May 15
Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs 
May 15
Shawn Weatherly, (SC (will win Miss Universe), crowned 29th Miss USA 
May 16
34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Phila 76ers, 4 games to 2 
May 16
Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis 
May 16
Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album 
May 16
Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes 
May 17
106th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Codex wins in 1:54.2 
May 17
Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours 
May 17
Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured 
May 17
Paul & Linda McCartney appear on Saturday Night Live 
May 18
Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms 
May 18
China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket 
May 18
Donna White wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic 
May 18
Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru 
May 18
Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die 
May 18
Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms. 
May 19
"Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances 
May 19
Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash 
May 20
710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated 
May 20
Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss 
May 20
Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157 
May 20
In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism 
May 21
"Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back" opens in cinemas in UK and North America 
May 21
Eintracht Frankfurt wins 9th UEFA Cup at Frankfurt 
May 21
Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy 
May 23
ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton 
May 24
"Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56 
May 24
Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages 
May 24
Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Phila Flyers, 4 games to 2 
May 25
"Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances 
May 25
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic 
May 25
Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8") 
May 25
Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:29:59.572 (229.914 km/h) 
May 26
Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8" 
May 26
Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters 
May 26
Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6 
May 27
South Korean police ends people's uprising; 2,000 killed 
May 27
The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more. 
May 28
2 Oakland A's steal home in 1st inning 
May 28
Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12'5" 
May 28
Nottingham Forest wins 25th Europe Cup in Madrid 
May 29
"Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 perfs 
May 29
53rd National Spelling Bee: Jacques Bailly wins spelling elucubrate 
May 29
Attempted assassination on Vernon Jordan Jr National Urban League pres 
May 29
JMW Turner's "Juliet & Her Nurse" sold for $6,400,000 in NYC 
May 29
Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year 
May 30
1st papal visit to France since 1814 
May 30
Tiger reliever John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires 
May 30
Turner's painting "Juliet & Her Nurse" sells for $6.4 million 
May 30
Twins Ken Landreaux ends his hitting streak after 31 games 
May 31
"Love Stinks" by J Geils Band peaks at #38 
May 31
Police & youthful rebels battle in Zurich 
Jun 1
1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network 
Jun 1
ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa 
Jun 1
Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in Calif 
Jun 1
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championshipship 
Jun 1
Steve Garvey, hits the 7,000th Dodger home run 
Jun 2
"Your Arm's Too Short to Box..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 perfs 
Jun 3
"It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 8 perfs 
Jun 3
Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35 
Jun 3
ESPN begins televising college world series games 
Jun 3
Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination 
Jun 3
NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1 
Jun 5
Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station 
Jun 7
"Billy Bishop Goes to War" closes at Morosco NYC after 12 perfs 
Jun 7
"Cars" by Gary Numan hits #9 
Jun 7
112th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Temperence Hill wins in 2:29.8 
Jun 7
50th French Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Vitas Gerulaitis (64 61 62) 
Jun 7
Jeff Norman runs world record 50k (2:48:06) 
Jun 7
Tommy John wins his 200th, 3-0 on a 2-hitter 
Jun 8
"It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 perfs 
Jun 8
26th LPGA Championship won by Sally Little 
Jun 8
34th Tony Awards: Children of a Lesser God & Evita win 
Jun 8
50th French Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats Virginia Ruzici (60 63) 
Jun 9
14th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn 
Jun 9
Comedian Richard Pryor suffers burns from free basing cocaine 
Jun 9
Phillies & SF Giants end their game at 3:11 AM 
Jun 9
Soyuz T-2 returns to Earth 
Jun 10
8 Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast using handguns smuggled into prison 
Jun 11
K-Ingleside streetcar converts to METRO service (SF) 
Jun 12
Ronald Reagan said he would submit to periodic medical tests 
Jun 13
Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" hits #1 
Jun 13
Deborah Harry/Meat Loaf film, "Roadie," premieres 
Jun 13
Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall" 
Jun 13
Rep John Jenrette Jr (D-SC) indicted in "Abscam" investigation 
Jun 13
UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela 
Jun 14
Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32 
Jun 15
"Fearless Frank" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances 
Jun 15
80th US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 272 at Baltusrol GC NJ 
Jun 15
Dale Lundquis wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic 
Jun 15
Jorge Orta of Cleveland gets 6 hits in a baseball game 
Jun 16
"Blues Brothers" premieres in Chicago 
Jun 16
US Supreme Court rules new forms of life created in labs could be patents 
Jun 18
Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa 
Jun 18
Mrs Shakuntala Devi mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec 
Jun 19
Battle between police & demonstrators in Capetown, 34 killed 
Jun 20
"Blues Brothers" with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi opens in 594 theaters 
Jun 20
California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs & double to beat Red Sox 20-2 
Jun 20
Roberto Duran takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous decision 
Jun 22
Jim King begins riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours 
Jun 22
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open 
Jun 23
"David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime 
Jun 23
1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation 
Jun 23
West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium) 
Jun 23
South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails; the Council was part of Botha's plan to effect broad ranging constitutional changes which would allow for a role for both Indian and Coloured people in parliament but which still excluded direct political representation for African people. 
Jun 24
Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million 
Jun 25
"Fearless Frank" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances 
Jun 27
1st female state police graduates (NJ) 
Jun 27
Dodger's Jerry Reuss' no-hits SF Giants 8-0 
Jun 27
Italian plane crashes into Tyrrheense Sea, kills 81 
Jun 27
US revives draft registration 
Jun 28
NYC transit fare rises from 50 cents to 60 cents 
Jun 28
The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series 
Jun 29
"Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances 
Jun 29
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament 
Jun 30
West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow 
Jul 1
Steve Overt runs world record 3:48.8 mile in Oslo 
Jul 1
'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada. 
Jul 2
Grateful Dead's Bob Weir & Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement 
Jul 2
Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr 
Jul 3
1st US Seniors Golf Open: Roberto deVicenzo 
Jul 3
73,096 in Cleveland watch Indians beat Yankees 7-0 
Jul 4
Nolan Ryan is 4th to strikeout 3,000 
Jul 5
87th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats Chrissie Evert (61 76) 
Jul 5
94th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats John McEnroe (16 75 63 67 86) 
Jul 6
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic 
Jul 6
France performs nuclear test 
Jul 6
Steve Carlton (14-4) pitches most strikeouts by a lefty (2,836) 
Jul 7
Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours 
Jul 7
Larry Holmes TKOs Scott LeDoux in 7 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jul 7
Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe 
Jul 7
Jineane Ford, (AZ) replaces S Weatherly (Miss Univ) as 29th Miss USA 
Jul 7
Institution of sharia in Iran. 
Jul 7
The Safra massacre in Lebanon. 
Jul 8
51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA 
Jul 8
All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cin Reds) 
Jul 9
7 die in a stampede to see Pope John Paul II in Brazil 
Jul 9
Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten sentenced to 10 years 
Jul 9
Walt Disney's "Fox & The Hound" released 
Jul 10
Willie Jones hospitalized for heat stroke with record 46.5°C temp 
Jul 10
Alexandra Palace burnt down for a second time. 
Jul 11
American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness 
Jul 13
35th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott 
Jul 13
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jul 15
Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record 
Jul 16
Polish railway workers block railway to Russia 
Jul 16
Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit 
Jul 17
Bolivian military coup; general Garcia Meza becomes president 
Jul 17
Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president 
Jul 17
Zenko Suzuki becomes premier of Japan 
Jul 18
Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts 
Jul 18
Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France 
Jul 18
Federal court voids Selective Service Act as it doesn't include women 
Jul 18
Quett Masire installed as president of Botswana 
Jul 18
Rohini 1, 1st Indian satellite, launches into orbit 
Jul 19
22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US & others boycott 
Jul 19
David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver 
Jul 20
109th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 271 at Muirfield Gullane 
Jul 20
Joop Zoetemelk wins Tour de France 
Jul 20
Pat Bradley wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic 
Jul 21
Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins 
Jul 23
Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya 
Jul 23
River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter 
Jul 23
Soyuz 37 ferries 2 cosmonauts (1 Vietnamese) to Salyut 6 
Jul 25
Train crash at Winsum, 9 die 
Jul 25
US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site 
Jul 27
Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead 
Jul 27
Sally Little wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic 
Jul 28
Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaúnde Terry becomes president 
Jul 30
Houston Astro pitcher J R Richard suffers a stroke 
Jul 30
Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France 
Jul 31
John Phillips of Mamas & Papas is arrested on drug charges 
Jul 31
Rangers snap Orioles pitcher Steve Stone's 14-game winning streak 
Jul 31
Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36 
Jul 31
USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Aug 1
Gerd Wessig of East Germany set high jump record 
Aug 1
Waldemar Cierpinski wins 19th olympics marathon (2:11:03 
Aug 1
Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland. 
Aug 2
Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed 
Aug 2
US swimmers set 3 world records at National championships 
Aug 3
22nd Olympic games close at Moscow, USSR 
Aug 3
Kaline, Snider, Klein, & Tom Yawkey inducted into Hall of Fame 
Aug 3
Sandra Post wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic 
Aug 4
-11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean 
Aug 4
John & Yoko begin recording "Double Fantasy" 
Aug 4
Seattle Mariners replace manager Darrell Johnson with Maury Wills 
Aug 5
Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager 
Aug 5
NY Met Doug Flynn ties record of 3 triples in a game 
Aug 6
University adm declares 5 Pac-10 schools ineligible for conference titles & post-season play due to transcript & curriculum abuses 
Aug 7
Hurricane Allen ravages Caribisch area, about 70 killed 
Aug 8
LBV Conference Center & Club Lake Villas open 
Aug 9
Belgian constitution revised 
Aug 10
62nd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 274 at Oak Hill NY 
Aug 10
8th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Pat Bradley 
Aug 10
Allen, most powerful hurricane in Caribbean hits Brownsville, Tx 
Aug 11
Angola revises its constitution 
Aug 11
Mohammed Ali Radjai appointed premier of Iran 
Aug 11
Yanks Reggie Jackson hits his 400th HR off Chicago's Britt Burns 
Aug 12
Signature of the Montevideo Treaty establishing the Latin American Integration Association. 
Aug 13
Suriname president Johan Ferrier ousted 
Aug 13
Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 1.5k woman's record (3:52.47) in USSR 
Aug 14
Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale 
Aug 14
In Lenin Shipyard Gdansk Poland, 17,000 workers go on strike, beginning of the Solidarity movement 
Aug 16
Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath 
Aug 16
Cozy Powell quits Rainbow 
Aug 16
Jools Holland quits Squeeze 
Aug 17
"Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances 
Aug 17
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic 
Aug 17
George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401 
Aug 17
Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history 
Aug 18
KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400 
Aug 19
George Brett ends hitting streak at 30 
Aug 19
Saudi Arabian Lockhead Tristar crashes on landing at Riyadh, 301 die 
Aug 19
Willy Russell's "Educating Rita" premieres in London 
Aug 20
NY Yankee Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, 2nd straight day 
Aug 20
Pitts Omar Moreno steals record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season 
Aug 20
Reinhold Messner of Italy is 1st to solo ascent Mt Everest 
Aug 20
Cleve Dan Spillner, 545 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles 
Aug 20
UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jersualem is its capital 
Aug 21
Linda Ronstadt opens in "Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway 
Aug 22
Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale 
Aug 22
Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes 
Aug 23
Charlie Finley sells A's for $127M to Haas (owners of Levi Strauss) 
Aug 24
Beth Daniel wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic 
Aug 24
Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch 
Aug 25
Gower Champion's musical "42nd Street" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 3486 performances 
Aug 25
Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins arrested for possession of drugs 
Aug 26
Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick 
Aug 26
John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada. 
Aug 27
Chon Doo Hwan elected president of South Korea 
Aug 31
"Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances 
Aug 31
80th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Hal Sutton 
Aug 31
Poland's Solidarity trade union federations forms and is offically recognised by the Polish goverment 
Aug 31
The Gdańsk Agreement is signed. 
Sep 1
Dutch embassy in Israel moves from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv 
Sep 1
Jerry Lewis' 15th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,103,787 
Sep 1
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic 
Sep 1
Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope ends in Thunder Bay, Ontario. 
Sep 2
John Arlott commentates on his last game, England v Australia at Lord's 
Sep 4
Yes performs its last concert (Madison Square Garden) 
Sep 5
Poland party leader Edward Gierek resigns 
Sep 5
World's longest road tunnel, St Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens 
Sep 6
94th US Women's Tennis: Chris E L Mills beats H Mandlikova (57 61 61) 
Sep 6
Chantal Langlace sets women's record for fastest 100K run (7h27m22s) 
Sep 6
College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for 
Sep 6
Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation 
Sep 6
Susan Powell (Okla), 21, crowned 53rd Miss America 1981 
Sep 6
Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14 
Sep 7
32nd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ed Asner & Barbara Bel Geddes win. Notable for going ahead despite 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotting the event due to a a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild. 
Sep 7
Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Series of Women's Golf 
Sep 7
Cape Verde adopts its constitution 
Sep 7
Earnest Gray becomes 2nd NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs St Louis) 
Sep 7
Oakland A's pitch record 78th complete game of season 
Sep 7
Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic 
Sep 7
John McEnroe & Bjorn Borg stage one of the greatest US Open finals as 21 year old McEnroe fends off Borg to win his 2nd straight title (7-6 6-1 6-7 5-7 6-4) 
Sep 8
Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely due to drug arrest 
Sep 10
Expos Bill Gullickson, sets rookie record of striking out 18 
Sep 10
Peter Comita replaces Tom Peterson of Cheap Trick 
Sep 11
Chile adopts its constitution 
Sep 11
Ron LeFlore (91st) & Rodney Scott (58th), set teammate steal record 
Sep 12
Military coup under General Kenan Evren in Turkey 
Sep 13
1st United Negro College Fund 
Sep 14
"Charlie & Algernon" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 17 perfs 
Sep 14
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic 
Sep 14
Dwight Clark begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions 
Sep 15
Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary" 
Sep 17
"Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres 
Sep 17
Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria 
Sep 17
South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death 
Sep 17
Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22 
Sep 17
Iraq breaks 1975 treaty with Iran and proclaims sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway 
Sep 18
'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris 
Sep 18
Royals Willie Wilson steals AL-record 28 consecutive base 
Sep 18
Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station 
Sep 19
Titan II missile explosion (Damascus, AR) 
Sep 20
Bronze plaque dedicated to memory of Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium 
Sep 20
George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good 
Sep 20
Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out 
Sep 21
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic 
Sep 21
LA Ram Johnnie Johnson scores a 99 yard interception 
Sep 21
Richard Todd of NY Jets completes 42 passes in a game (NFL record) 
Sep 21
Kerry GAA beat Roscommon GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 1-9 to 1-6 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row. 
Sep 22
Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway 
Sep 22
John & Yoko sign a recording contract with Geffin Records 
Sep 23
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens 
Sep 23
Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh 
Sep 24
Braves join every NL team with 1,000,000+ attendance for this season 
Sep 24
Iraqi troops cross Iran's border, encircling Abadan 
Sep 25
Chevy Chase calls Cary Grant a homo on Tomorrow show (suit follows) 
Sep 25
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 25
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 25
Jerry Mumphrey joins Ozzie Smith, & Gene Richards to steal 50 bases this year for Padres 
Sep 25
The first congress of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan held in Kabul. 
Sep 26
Bomb attack on Octoberfest in Munich, 12 killed 
Sep 26
Cuban government closes Mariel Harbor ending "freedom flotilla" 
Sep 26
Soyuz 38 returns to Earth 
Sep 27
WHOT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM & 92.5 FM 
Sep 27
Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing's world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms. 
Sep 28
"Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 perfs 
Sep 28
Carl Sagan's 13 part "Cosmos" premieres on PBS 
Sep 28
Jaromir Wagner is 1st to fly Atlantic standing on wing 
Sep 28
Jerilyn Britz wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic 
Sep 29
Malcolm McDowell wed Mary Steenburgen 
Sep 30
1,754 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium 
Sep 30
A's Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record at 98 en route to 100 
Sep 30
Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 
Sep 30
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 30
Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation. 
Oct 1
Cosmonauts Ryumin & Popov break space endurance record of 176 days 
Oct 2
Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 for heavyweight boxing title 
Oct 2
Michael Myers (D-Pa), is 1st rep expelled in over 100 years (ABSCAM) 
Oct 3
4 dies in attack on synagogue in Paris 
Oct 4
Mike Schmidt's 2-run HR clinches NL East title for Phillies 
Oct 5
Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale Bronx 
Oct 5
Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi Young win Portland Ping Team Golf Champ 
Oct 5
Yanks set AL attendance mark at 2,627,417 
Oct 6
Guyana adopts constitution 
Oct 6
John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) sentenced to 3 months inprisonment on assault charges 
Oct 7
Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns 
Oct 8
After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital 
Oct 8
British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro 
Oct 8
USSR & Syria sign peace treaty 
Oct 8
USSR performs nuclear test 
Oct 9
1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville Tn 
Oct 9
Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czeslaw Milosz 
Oct 10
4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria 
Oct 10
Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network dedicated 
Oct 10
Yanks lose 4-2 & are swept by Royals in AL Championship series 
Oct 11
Cosmonauts Popov & Ryumin set space endurance record of 184 days 
Oct 11
Dallas Mavericks first game at Reunion Arena, beat San Antonio 103-92 
Oct 11
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 12
"Your Arm's Too Short to Box" closes at Ambassador NYC after 149 perfs 
Oct 12
7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in LA 
Oct 12
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic 
Oct 13
14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris & George Jones wins 
Oct 13
Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, NY 
Oct 14
Phils rally from 4-0 deficit to beat the Royals, 7-6 to take WS opener 
Oct 14
Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan promises to name a woman to Supreme Court 
Oct 15
George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids 
Oct 15
Nobel prize for economy awarded to Lawrence R Klein 
Oct 16
"Brigadoon" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances 
Oct 16
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Oct 17
1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW v Qld (2-52 & 1-39) 
Oct 18
Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA 
Oct 18
Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT) 
Oct 19
Steve McPeak rides 101'9" unicycle 
Oct 21
"Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances 
Oct 21
1st (& only) time Phillies win World Series (in 98 years) 
Oct 21
Mikhail Gorbachev elected member of Politburo 
Oct 21
Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history 
Oct 22
4th government of Martens forms in Belgium 
Oct 22
New South Korean constitution comes into effect 
Oct 23
"Tintypes" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances 
Oct 23
McCosker (168) & Dyson (152) make 319 opening stand cricket, NSW v WA 
Oct 23
Soviet PM Nikolai Tichonov succeeds Alexei Kosygin, due to illness 
Oct 24
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 24
Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar 
Oct 24
John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK 
Oct 24
Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity 
Oct 25
Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title 
Oct 25
Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks 
Oct 26
10th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:25:41.3 
Oct 26
11th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41 
Oct 26
St Louis Cards sack Balt Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times 
Oct 27
Astros owner John McMullen replaces GM Tal Smith with Al Rosen 
Oct 27
Dave Gryllis sets world bicycle speed record of 94.37 kph 
Oct 30
Honduras & El Salvador settle their boundary dispute 
Oct 30
NASA launches Flt Satcom-4 
Oct 31
Julian Nott sets world hot-air balloon altitude record (16,806 m) 
Oct 31
Polish government recognizes Solidarity trade union 
Oct 31
Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat 
Nov 1
USSR performs nuclear test 
Nov 3
Ianford Wilson's "5th of July" premieres in NYC 
Nov 3
Walter Hass Jr becomes CEO of Oakland A's 
Nov 4
Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) 
Nov 4
Libyan invasion in Chad 
Nov 4
Ronald Reagan (R) defeats incumbant US President Jimmy Carter (D) by a landslide 
Nov 4
Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro baseball's all-time HR run king with 868, retires 
Nov 4
Steve Carlton wins 3rd NL Cy Young Awards 
Nov 8
Voyager 1 space probe discovers 15th moon of Saturn 
Nov 9
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran 
Nov 9
Tatsuko Ohsako wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic 
Nov 10
Dan Rather refuses to pay his cabbie, CBS pays $12.55 fare 
Nov 10
Poland acknowledges Solidarity union 
Nov 10
Iraq captures southern port of Khorramshahr 
Nov 11
Crew of Soyuz 35 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 37 
Nov 11
Islanders' Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against North Stars 
Nov 12
Baltimore's Steve Stone wins AL Cy Young Award 
Nov 12
NYC Mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana 
Nov 12
US space probe Voyager I approaches 77,000-mi (124,000 km) of Saturn 
Nov 13
US spacecraft Voyager 1 sent back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn 
Nov 13
Gabriella Brum, 18, of West Germany crowned 30th Miss World; she resigns the next day because she wants to marry her 52 year old boyfriend 
Nov 14
Guinee-Bissau premier Vieira fires president Luis Cabral 
Nov 14
Kimberley Santos, 19 of Guam, crowned 30th Miss World 
Nov 14
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Nov 15
Pope John Paul II began 5 day visit to West Germany