Find out what all happened September to December 1980

Pope John Paul II shakes hands with the Dalai Lama during a private audience in Vatican City. (9. October 1980)

Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction conclude at The Hague. (25. October 1980)

A series of earthquakes in southern Italy kills approximately 3,000 people. (23. November 1980)

Military coup in Turkey. (12. September 1980)

Demonstration flight of a secretly modified C-130 for an Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt ends in crash landing at Eglin Air Force Base's Duke Field, Florida leading to cancellation of Operation Credible Sport. (29. October 1980)

Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle is killed in Asunción, Paraguay. (17. September 1980)

Michael Myers becomes the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War (2. October 1980)

The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles (16.224 km) stretching from Göschenen to Airolo. (5. September 1980)

After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established. (17. September 1980)

El Salvador and Honduras sign a peace treaty to put the border dispute fought over in 1969's Football War before the International Court of Justice. (30. October 1980)

The government of Poland legalizes the Solidarity trade union. (24. October 1980)

Major General Chun Doo-hwan becomes President of South Korea, following the resignation of Choi Kyu-hah. (1. September 1980)

Iraq invades Iran. (22. September 1980)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines join the United Nations. (16. September 1980)

Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (including 1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station. (18. September 1980)

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurs in the Algerian town of El Asnam. 3,500 die and 300,000 are left homeless. (10. October 1980)

The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn and takes the first images of its rings. (12. November 1980)

Ethernet specifications are published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation. (30. September 1980)

At the Oktoberfest terror attack in Munich 13 people died and 211 were injured. (26. September 1980)

Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope ends near Thunder Bay, Ontario. (1. September 1980)

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