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1980

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Major Events

The following major events took place in 1980:

  • 21 March: President Jimmy Carter announces that the US will boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
  • 18 April: Zimbabwe gains independence from the United Kingdom; Robert Mugabe becomes Prime Minister.
  • 2 September: Ford releases the Escort Mk3, a generation of boy racers rejoices.
  • 8 December: John Lennon murdered in New York.

Military Events

The following military events took place in 1980:

  • 24-25 April: Operation Eagle Claw, US attempt to rescue Iranian hostages goes tits up.
  • 30 April: Iranian Embassy Seige begins.
  • 5 May: Iranian Embassy is stormed by "Them".
  • 17 June: British government announces US cruise missles will be based at RAF Greenham Common and RAF Molesworth.
  • 22 September: The Iran-Iraq War brgins when Iraq decides to take a pop at Iran.