What Happened on June 23, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

"David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation
  • South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails; the Council was part of Botha's plan to effect broad ranging constitutional changes which would allow for a role for both Indian and Coloured people in parliament but which still excluded direct political representation for African people.
  • West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)

Famous Birthdays

  • Becky Cloonan, American comic book artist
  • Melissa Rauch, actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in Marlboro Township, New Jersey
  • Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer

Famous Deaths

  • Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • John Laurie, actor (39 Steps, Jericho, Kidnapped), dies at 83
  • Odile Versois, actress (Nude in a White Car, Young Lovers), dies
  • Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies
  • Varahagiri Venkata Giri, Fourth President of India (b. 1894)
  • Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies