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Events from 1980 in Scotland

Incumbents



  • Monarch - Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)

Events



  • 16 April - Glasgow Subway reopened to passengers after a 3-year modernisation project.
  • 1 May - Scottish District local elections result in big gains for the Labour Party.
  • 7 May - Aberdeen F.C. secures the Scottish Football League Premier Division championship.
  • 26 June - The Glasgow Central by-election is held, with Labour retaining its hold on the seat despite a swing of 14% to the Scottish National Party.
  • 1 August - The Education (Scotland) Act 1980 receives the Royal Assent.
  • 4â€"5 September - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to visit Shetland.
  • 13 September - Hercules, a bear which had gone missing on the island of Benbecula while filming a Kleenex advertisement, is found.
  • 6 October - West Highland Way opened as the first of the official Long Distance Routes for walkers in Scotland.
  • 9 October - Gloagtrotter of Perth, trading as GT Coaches, begins operation of an express coach service from Dundee to London as The Stage Coach, origin of the Stagecoach Group.
  • 13 November - Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 decriminalises private homosexual acts between two consenting persons aged over 21 in Scotland.

Births



  • 12 May - Andrew Abercromby, biomedical engineer
  • 6 July - Kenny Deuchar, footballer
  • 15 September - Chris Clark, footballer
  • 20 November - Malachy Tallack, journalist and folk rock musician

Deaths



  • 19 February - Bon Scott, Australian rock singer (born 1946 in Scotland)
  • 29 February - Margaret Morris, choreographer (born 1891 in London)
  • May - Isla Cameron, actress and singer (born 1930)
  • 23 June - John Laurie, actor (born 1897)
  • 6 December - Margot Bennett, crime novelist (born 1912)
  • 13 December - R. D. Low, comics writer and editor (born 1895)
  • Hector MacAndrew, fiddler (born 1903)

The Arts



  • 19 February - Scottish Television begins to air the soap opera Take the High Road.
  • Spring - Bearsden post-punk band Orange Juice release Falling and Laughing, the first release on the Postcard Records label.
  • Alexander Moffat paints Poets' Pub.
  • Buxton Orr composes A Caledonian Suite.

See also



  • 1980 in the United Kingdom

References





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