What Happened in January 1980

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Chrysler UK renamed Talbot
  • Jan 1 International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • Jan 1 Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • Jan 1 Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • Jan 1 Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • Jan 1 Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.
  • Jan 1 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • Jan 1 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • Jan 1 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7
  • Jan 2 British Steel workers go on a national strike

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 2 68th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Sadri (7-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 2 68th Women's Australian Open: Barbara Jordan beats Sharon Walsh (6-3, 6-3)
  • Jan 3 Gold hits record $634 an ounce
  • Jan 3 Babrak Karmal defends the Soviet-backed coup in first public appearance since taking power as President of Afghanistan
  • Jan 6 "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 6 Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins elections in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Jan 6 Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • Jan 6 The beginning of the first GPS epoch.
  • Jan 6 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers 27-13
  • Jan 6 NFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0
  • Jan 7 Minn ends Philadelphia Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 American President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jan 8 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • Jan 8 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • Jan 9 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 10 Last broadcast of "Rockford Files" on NBC
  • Jan 10 Jim Stewart, Bruin's rookie goalie allows 3 goals in his 1st 4 mins & a total of 5 in 1st period; he never again plays in NHL
  • Jan 11 Debut of first Pretenders album "Pretenders"
  • Jan 12 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Jan 13 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • Jan 13 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • Jan 13 Togo's constitution becomes effective
  • Jan 14 Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
  • Jan 15 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Jan 17 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • Jan 17 A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, killing three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • Jan 18 Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • Jan 18 Pink Floyd's "Wall" hits #1
  • Jan 18 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000
  • Jan 20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Jan 20 Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena, MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 21 Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • Jan 21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 22 Russian dissidents Andrei Sakharov & Jelena Bonner arrested in Moscow and banished to Gorky

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Jan 22 PGA begins a senior golf tour
  • Jan 22 West Indies beat England 2-0 to win cricket's 1st World Series Cup
  • Jan 25 Bani Sadr elected president of Iran
  • Jan 25 Dutch government demands boycott of Olympics
  • Jan 25 Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft
  • Jan 25 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 26 Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
  • Jan 26 Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • Jan 26 Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes
  • Jan 27 "Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 37-27

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Robert Mugabe returns to Rhodesia after 5 years in exile

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28 37th Golden Globes: Kramer vs. Kramer, Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

  • Jan 28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • Jan 29 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • Jan 29 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Jan 31 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Elin Nordegren, Swedish model
  • Jan 2 Stephanie Stiegler, pairs skater (& Zimmerman), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 2 Mac Danzig, American Mixed martial arts combatant
  • Jan 3 Angela Ruggiero, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • Jan 3 Rob Arnold, American guitarist (Chimaira)
  • Jan 3 Liya Kebede, Ethiopian model
  • Jan 3 David Tyree, American football player
  • Jan 4 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist
  • Jan 4 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer
  • Jan 4 Greg Cipes, American actor
  • Jan 4 Erin Cahill, American actress
  • Jan 5 Garette Patrick Ratliff, actor (Return to Blue Lagoon)
  • Jan 5 Bennie Joppru, National Football League tight end
  • Jan 6 Steed Malbranque, French footballer
  • Jan 8 Rachel Nichols, American actress
  • Jan 9 Sergio García, Spanish golfer
  • Jan 10 Matt Roney, American baseball player
  • Jan 10 Sarah Shahi, American actress and model
  • Jan 11 Lovieanne Jung, American softball player
  • Jan 11 Mike Williams, American football player
  • Jan 11 Deanna Wright, American actress
  • Jan 12 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player
  • Jan 13 Krzysztof Czerwinski, Polish conductor and organist
  • Jan 13 Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer
  • Jan 13 Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • Jan 13 Michael Rupp, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 14 Sosuke Sumitani, Japanese announcer
  • Jan 14 Clive Clarke, Irish footballer
  • Jan 14 Cory Gibbs, American soccer player
  • Jan 14 Ossama Haidar, a Lebanese soccer player
  • Jan 14 Byron Leftwich, American football player
  • Jan 14 Hiroshi Tamaki, Japanese actor and model
  • Jan 15 Matt Holliday, American baseball player
  • Jan 16 Seydou Keita, Malian footballer
  • Jan 16 Lin Manuel Miranda, American actor, composer, lyricist (In The Heights)
  • Jan 16 Albert Pujols, Dominican-American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 16 Michelle Wild, Hungarian model
  • Jan 17 Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer
  • Jan 17 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 17 Zooey Deschanel, American actress (Almost Famous), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jan 17 Kimberly Spicer, American model
  • Jan 18 Robert Green, English footballer
  • Jan 18 Julius Peppers, American football player
  • Jan 18 Jason Segel, American actor
  • Jan 18 Estelle Swaray, English singer
  • Jan 19 Jenson Button, English Formula One driver (World Championship 2009), born in Frome
  • Jan 19 Kotoko, Japanese Singer
  • Jan 20 Philippe Cousteau Jr., Freanch oceanographer; grandson of Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 20 Brigitte Olivier, Belgian judoka
  • Jan 20 Matthew Tuck, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine)
  • Jan 21 Aubrie Rippner, tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Dave Kitson, English footballer
  • Jan 21 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Jan 22 Subhash Ram Prajapati, Nepalese Writer
  • Jan 22 Jake Grove, American football player
  • Jan 22 Christopher Masterson, American actor
  • Jan 22 Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence)
  • Jan 22 Jonathan Woodgate, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Lizz Wright, American jazz and gospel singer, born in Hahira, Georgia
  • Jan 23 Theresa Kulikowski, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Oly-96), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 24 Rocky Boiman, American football player
  • Jan 24 Nicole Marie Lenz, American actress
  • Jan 25 Amanda Michelle Burns, Miss West Virginia Teen USA (1997)
  • Jan 25 Xavi, Catalan Spanish footballer
  • Jan 25 Efstathios Tavlaridis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 25 Michelle McCool, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 27 Marat Safin, Russian tennis player
  • Jan 27 Chanda Gunn, ice hockey player
  • Jan 28 Nick Carter, singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • Jan 28 Jesse James American drug dealer and fugitive, born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 29 Jason James Richter, Medford OR, actor (Free Willy)
  • Jan 29 Yael Bar-Zohar, Israeli actress and model
  • Jan 29 Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player
  • Jan 30 Joãozinho, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 30 Leilani Dowding, British glamour model
  • Jan 30 Wilmer Valderrama, American actor
  • Jan 30 Pavel Ponomaryov, Russian-Estonian actor
  • Jan 31 James Adomian, American actor
  • Jan 31 Ryan Kienle, American musician
  • Jan 31 Tiffany Limos, American actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 Actor Samuel L. Jackson (31) weds sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson (30)


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic-gold-28, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Jan 1 Pietro Nenni, Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88
  • Jan 2 Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • Jan 3 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38
  • Jan 3 Ivan Triesault, actor (Von Ryan's Express, Desert Fox), dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 3 Joy Adamson [Friederike Viktoria Gessner], Austrian naturalist and author (Born Free), murdered at 69 by her servant

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson
  • Jan 7 Carl White, rocker, dies
  • Jan 7 Sarah Selby, actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • Jan 8 Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • Jan 8 John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 10 George Meany, American labor leader ((AFL-CIO), dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Bo Rein, American college football coach (b. 1945)
  • Jan 11 Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 12 Hans Ebeling, cricketer (Vict stalwart, bowled for Aust 1934), dies
  • Jan 13 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian conductor, dies at 78
  • Jan 14 Robert Ardrey, American author (b. 1908)
  • Jan 16 Anna van Wageningen-Salomons, Dut author (Unspoilt Dream), dies at 94
  • Jan 17 Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • Jan 18 Cecil Beaton, British photographer, dies at 76
  • Jan 19 Richard Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 19 William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Iris Meredith, actress (Lawless Land, Gambling Terror), dies at 64
  • Jan 24 Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), dies at 92
  • Jan 25 David Newell, actor (Dangerous Curves, White Heat), dies at 75
  • Jan 25 Queenie Watts, English actress (b. 1926)
  • Jan 29 Antonio Molina, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 29 Jimmy Durante, comedian (Palooka, Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Lil Dagover, actress (Destiny, Spiders), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • Jan 31 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies