December 1980 in history

December 1980 events chronologically

Dec 2 Salvadoran Civil War: Four U.S. nuns and churchwomen, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel, are murdered by a military death squad
Dec 4 English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25
Dec 8 John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City
Dec 11 The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) is enacted by the U.S. Congress
Dec 24 Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, an incident called "Britain's Roswell"

Top 7 most famous people born in December 1980

Dec 7 John Terry an English professional footballer. Terry plays in a centre back position and is the captain of Chelsea in the Premier League. He was also captain of the England national football team, holding the post from August 2006 to February 2010, and again from March 2011 to February 2012
Dec 18 Christina Aguilera an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television series Star Search and The Mickey Mouse Club in her childhood. Aguilera rose to prominence as a bubblegum pop singer in the 1990s, her self-titled debut album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and spawned the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants", and "Come On Over Baby ". She experienced moderate success worldwide with her follow-up records Mi Reflejo and My Kind of Christmas , and earned her fourth number-one single in the United States with a cover version of "Lady Marmalade" in 2001. Displeased with her lack of input in her image and music, Aguilera assumed creative control for her fourth studio album, Stripped , which draws influences from many genres including soul, hip hop, Latin, and rock. The album spawned multiple top-ten singles, including "Dirrty" and "Beautiful", and was one of the best-selling albums of that year
Dec 19 Jake Gyllenhaal an American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at the age of ten. Following his first lead role in 1999's October Sky, he starred in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko , in which he played a psychologically troubled teenager alongside his older sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. In 2002, he starred in another indie film, The Good Girl, alongside actress Jennifer Aniston. In 2004, he appeared in the science-fiction film The Day After Tomorrow, portraying a student caught in a cataclysmic global cooling event
Dec 20 Ashley Cole an English footballer who plays as a left back for Italian club Roma. Cole is considered by many critics and fellow professional players as one of the best defenders of his generation, and by some, for the better part of his career, as the best left back in the world. Born in Stepney, London, Cole began his youth career at Arsenal and made his full debut for the club in November 1999, going on to make a further 228 appearances, scoring ten goals. With Arsenal he won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and was an integral member of "The Invincibles" team of the 2003–04 season, who went the entire league season undefeated. Cole also made an appearance in Arsenal's first UEFA Champions League final in 2006; the club lost 2–1 to Barcelona
Dec 20 Martín Demichelis an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Manchester City in England, mainly as a central defender although he can operate occasionally as a defensive midfielder.
Dec 27 Antonio Cesaro a Swiss professional wrestler. Currently signed to WWE. He was previously known for his work in Ring of Honor , various independent promotions, and the Japan-based Pro Wrestling Noah
Dec 28 Lomana LuaLua a Congolese footballer who plays for Turkish Süper Lig club Çaykur Rizespor and the Congo DR national team.

Top 7 most famous people died in December 1980

Dec 2 Romain Gary a French diplomat, novelist, film director and World War II aviator of Litvak origin. He is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt twice
Dec 3 Oswald Mosley an English politician, known principally as the founder of the British Union of Fascists. He was a Member of Parliament for Harrow from 1918 to 1924, for Smethwick from 1926 to 1931 and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the Labour Government of 1929–31, a position he resigned due to his disagreement with the Labour Government's unemployment policies. He then formed the New Party which merged with the BUF in 1932
Dec 8 John Lennon an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century
Dec 16 Colonel Sanders an American businessman, best known for founding Kentucky Fried Chicken , and later acting as the company's goodwill ambassador and symbol.
Dec 18 Alexei Kosygin a Soviet-Russian statesman during the Cold War. Kosygin was born in the city of Petersburg in 1904 to a Russian working class family. He was conscripted into the labour army during the Russian Civil War, and after the Red Army's demobilisation in 1921, he worked in Siberia as an industrial manager. Kosygin returned to Leningrad in the early 1930s and worked his way up the Soviet hierarchy. During the Great Patriotic War , Kosygin was a member of the State Defence Committee and was tasked with moving Soviet industry out of territories soon to be overrun by the German military. He served as Minister of Finance for a year before becoming Minister of Light Industry and later, the Minister of Light and Food Industry. One year before his death in 1953, Stalin removed Kosygin from the Politburo, intentionally weakening his position within the Soviet hierarchy
Dec 24 Karl Dönitz a German naval commander and convicted war criminal who played a major role in the Naval history of World War He began his career in the Imperial German Navy before World War In 1918, while he was in command of UB-68, the submarine was sunk by British forces and Dönitz was taken prisoner. While in a prisoner of war camp, he formulated what he later called Rudeltaktik. At the start of World War II, he was the senior submarine officer in the Kriegsmarine. In January 1943, Dönitz achieved the rank of Großadmiral and replaced Grand Admiral Erich Raeder as Commander-in-Chief of the Navy
Dec 31 Marshall McLuhan a Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries