What Happened on January 2, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events


Sport awardTennis Open

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
  • 68th Women's Australian Open: Barbara Jordan beats Sharon Walsh (6-3, 6-3)
  • British Steel workers go on a national strike

Famous Birthdays

  • Mac Danzig, American Mixed martial arts combatant
  • Stephanie Stiegler, pairs skater (& Zimmerman), born in Santa Monica, California

Famous Deaths

  • Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44