June 7: The Washington Bullets win the NBA championship with a 105-99 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in Game 7.
March 26: Magic Johnson and Michigan State defeat Larry Bird and Indiana State, 75-64, to win college basketballs national championship.
Aug. 5: After batting .303 at Single-A Miami, Ripken is promoted to Double-A Charlotte.
Feb. 22: The U.S. Olympic hockey team stuns the Soviet Union, 4-3, and goes on to win the gold medal.
April 12: As part of the U.S. protest of the Soviet Unions invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. Olympic Committee votes to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
September: Ripken finishes the season with 25 homers for Charlotte and is named to the Southern League All-Star team at third base.
June 11: Major-league baseball players go on strike, resulting in a two-month work stoppage.
Aug. 8: Ripken is called up to the Orioles.
Aug. 10: Ripken plays in his first major-league game, entering as a pinch runner and scoring the winning run in the 12th inning against Kansas City at Memorial Stadium.
May 30: Ripkens consecutive-games streak begins when Orioles manager Earl Weaver starts him at third base at Memorial Stadium against the Blue Jays.
Sept. 20: NFL players begin a strike that would last 57 days, resulting in the use of replacement players and a shortened season.
July 1: Ripken is moved to shortstop by manager Earl Weaver.
November: Ripken is named American League Rookie of the Year.