What Happened on January 3, 1980

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Babrak Karmal defends the Soviet-backed coup in first public appearance since taking power as President of Afghanistan
  • Gold hits record $634 an ounce

Famous Birthdays

  • Angela Ruggiero, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • David Tyree, American football player
  • Liya Kebede, Ethiopian model
  • Rob Arnold, American guitarist (Chimaira)

Famous Deaths

  • Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38
  • Ivan Triesault, actor (Von Ryan's Express, Desert Fox), dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)