What Happened on August 1, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • Gerd Wessig of East Germany set high jump record
  • Waldemar Cierpinski wins 19th olympics marathon (2:11:03

Famous Birthdays

  • Mancini, Ipatinga, Brazilian footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Strother Martin, actor (Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61