Important Events of the 80s

•In 1080 The idea of the magnetic compass is born in China.

•In 1180 Alexius II Comnenus becomes Byzantine Emperor.

•In 1280 Construction on the northern section of the Grand Canal of China is begun.

•In 1380 Sir William Walworth, a member of the Fishmongers Guild, becomes Lord Mayor of London for the second time.

•In 1480 Consorts and co-rulers Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile initiate the Spanish Inquisition.

•In 1580 Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe.

•In 1680 Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe (New Mexico) from the Spanish.

•In 1780 American Revolutionary War – Battle of Camden: The British defeat the Americans near Camden, South Carolina.

•In 1880 Wabash, Indiana becomes the first electrically lighted city in the world.

•In 1980 Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released.


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