On This Day

What Happened on April 30, 1980

Historical Events

  • "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates; Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard becomes Queen
  • Ronald Harwood's play "The Dresser" premieres in London with Freddie Jones and Tom Courtenay
  • Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Sam Heughan, Scottish actor (Outlander), born in Balmaclellan, Scotland

Famous Deaths

  • Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
  • Mary McCarty, American singer, dancer, stage and screen actress (Babes in Toyland; All That Jazz;, Trapper John, MD), dies of a heart attack at 56
1980 Highlights

About April 30, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 8 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Taurus