What Happened on September 17, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

"Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Bette Midler
  • Iraq breaks 1975 treaty with Iran and proclaims sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway
  • Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria
  • Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22
  • South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death

Famous Birthdays

  • Asashoryu Akinori, Mongolian sumo wrestler (born as Dolgorsuren Dagvador)
  • Danny Haren, American baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54
  • Katherine A Porter, US author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90