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, Czech conservationist and author (Born Free), killed by her servant at 69

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson
  • Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)