What Happened on December 24, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds

Famous Birthdays

  • Tomas Kalnoky, American musician (Streetlight Manifesto)

Famous Deaths

  • Alec Lafayette Chew Wilder, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Karl Dönitz, German admiral and last leader of Nazi Germany, dies of heart attack at 89

Admiral and Navy Commander Karl Dönitz
Admiral and Navy Commander
Karl Dönitz
  • Siggie Nordstrom, model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer of The Nordstrom Sisters (b. 1893)