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- January 3: The 5-day work week is established for the public sector in Greece.
- January 16: MAT (Greek Riot Squad) Deputy Director, Pantelis Petrou, is assassinated in Pangrati by the Revolutionary Organization 17 November.
- February 3: Stelios Manolas debuts in the Alpha Ethniki in the match Kastoria - AEK 1-1. The AEK defender will end his career 18 years later.
- May 6: Nikos Galis makes his debut with the Greek National Basketball Team in a game against Sweden (71-79)
- May 26: Kastoria win the Greek Soccer Cup after beating Iraklis 5-2 in Nea Philadelphia Stadium (Tsironis 3, Simaioforidis and Dintsikos)
- June 9: Archbishop Iakovos receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest honour that the US bestowes on a civilian - from President Jimmy Carter.
- June 11: Greece participate for the first time in the final phase of a major football tournament. They lose 1-0 to Holland in their opening match of Euro 1980, after East German referee Prokop inexplicably awards the Dutch a penalty when forward Naninga charges and injures Greek keeper Vasilis Konstantinou.
- June 14: Greece lose to Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the finals of Euro 1980.
- June 17: Greece draw W. Germany 0-0 in the finals of Euro 1980.
- July 22: Wrestler Stelios Migiakis wins gold at the Olympic Games of Moscow.
- July 31: Turkish diplomat Galip Osman is assassinated along with his daughter in Pangrati, Athens.
- August 9: 13 people die in the heatwave that strikes Greece.
- September 14: The Greek Ministry of Education announces the abolition of entrance exams from Primary into Secondary schools.
- October 15: Greece defeat Denmark 1-0 in Copenhagen thanks to a goal by Dinos Kouis. The man of the match is Greek goalkeeper Nikos Sarganis who preserves the victory and earns the nickname "phantom" from the Danish press.
- October 19: Greece returns to the military branch of NATO.
- November 2: An unofficial Greek record is established in the match between Aris FC and OFI as the players of the two clubs hit the woodwork a total of 8 times!
- November 4: The five day work week is established
- November 15: US Navy Captain, George Tsantes, who is the head of JUSMAGG, is killed with his driver Nikos Veloutsos, an employee of the US Embassy, on Kifissia Avenue in Psychiko. The Revolutionary Organisation 17 November assume responsibility.
- August 15: Michael Katsidis, Greek-Australian boxer.
- August 26: Manolis Papamakarios, basketball player
- August 31: Leonidas Vokolos, footballer
- February 8: Nikos Xylouris, Cretan singer.
- February 12: Georgia Vasiliadou, stage and screen actress
- February 24: Giorgos Andrianopoulos football player and Piraeus mayor.
- October 15: Apostolos Nikolaidis, former athlete and president of SEGAS and Panathinaikos.
- October 25: Nasos Botsis, owner and publisher of Apogevmatini and Acropolis newspapers