On This Day

What Happened on April 30, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday

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 "The Dresser" premieres in London
  • 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 actress and singer (Babes in Toyland, Trapper John MD), dies of a heart attack at 56