1980 in the United States

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Events from the year 1980 in the United States.

Incumbents[edit]

Federal Government[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

January 27: The Canadian Caper rescues six hostages from Iran

February[edit]

February 13: The Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid

March[edit]

April[edit]

April 15: The Mariel boatlift begins
April 24–25: Operation Eagle Claw fails to rescue the hostages in Iran
  • April 1 – New York City's Transport Works Union Local 100 goes on strike, which continues for 11 days.
  • April 7 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions, following the taking of American hostages on November 4, 1979.
  • April 15 – A mass exodus of Cubans to the United States known as the Mariel boatlift begins. It ends on October 31 by agreement between the two countries.
  • April 21 – Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon, but is later exposed as a fraud and stripped of her award.
  • April 24–25 – Operation Eagle Claw, a commando mission in Iran to rescue American embassy hostages, is aborted after mechanical problems ground the rescue helicopters. Eight United States troops are killed in a mid-air collision during the failed operation.
  • April 24 – Pennsylvania Lottery Scandal: the Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by six men including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

July 16: Reagan is nominated as the Republican candidate for President

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

November 4: Reagan defeats Carter in a landslide

December[edit]

December 8: The Dakota, where John Lennon was shot

Ongoing[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also: Deaths in 1980

See also[edit]

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