|February 22:||Miracle on Ice |
Mike Eruzione, on the U.S. hockey team scores the winning goal against the heavily favored Soviet team in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
|March 21:||U.S. boycotts Moscow Summer Olympics |
The United States refuses to participate in 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
|April 24:||Iran hostage crisis |
A U.S. air raid fails to rescue the hostages when a rescue plane and a helicopter collide in the Iranian desert.
|May 18:||Mount St. Helens erupts |
Long-dormant volcano erupts after a week of smaller volcanoes and earthquakes.
|November 4:||Ronald Reagan elected as 40th U.S. president |
Ronald Reagan (R) defeats incumbent Jimmy Carter (D) in a landslide victory. Reagan wins 489 electoral votes, vs. Carter's 49 electoral votes.
|November 20:||Who Shot J.R.? |
83 million viewers tune in to Dallas learn who shot J.R. Ewing. It's audience size is second only to the final episode of M*A*S*H. (By the way, Sue Ellen's sister, Kristin shot him)
|December 8:||John Lennon is assassinated |
Lennon is shot to death outside his New York City apartment by deranged fan, Mark Chapman.