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1980 is a year in the 20th century. It is the first year in the decade of the 1980s.

Known Events[]

  • The U.S. boycotts the Olympics Games in Moscow.[1]
  • CNN begins broadcasting.[2]
  • Poland's Solidarity Trade Union is founded, challenging Communist rule.[3]
  • The world is declared free from smallpox.[4]
  • Mauritania is the last to ban slavery.[5]

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