On This Day

What Happened in August 1980

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Gerd Wessig of East Germany becomes the first male to set a high jump world record at the Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow)
  • Aug 1 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • Aug 1 Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • Aug 2 Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed
  • Aug 2 Cuban super-heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson becomes the 1st fighter to win 3 Olympic gold medals in the same division, scores 4-1 points decision over Pyotr Zayev (Soviet Union) in Moscow

Hall of Fame

Aug 3 Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein and Tom Yawkey are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Aug 3 XXII Summer Olympic Games close in Moscow, Russia
  • Aug 4 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean

Music History

Aug 4 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy" in NYC

  • Aug 4 7-time All Star Maury Wills becomes only the 3rd black manager in MLB history when Darrell Johnson is fired by Seattle Mariners after a 9 game losing streak
  • Aug 5 Montreal Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager in 11-5 win v Mets, for whom Doug Flynn hits MLB record tying 3 triples
  • Aug 6 University adm declares 5 Pac-10 schools ineligible for conference titles and post-season play due to transcript and curriculum abuses
  • Aug 7 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording sessions for their "Double Fantasy" album at the Hit Factory, NYC
  • Aug 8 LBV Conference Center & Club Lake Villas open
  • Aug 9 Belgian constitution revised

PGA Championship

Aug 10 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Jack Nicklaus wins 5th and final PGA C'ship by a convincing 7 strokes from Andy Bean

Golf Tournament

Aug 10 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Richelieu Valley GC: Pat Bradley wins by 1 from JoAnn Carner for her first of 6 major titles

  • Aug 10 Allen, most powerful hurricane in the Caribbean hits Brownsville, Tx
  • Aug 11 Angola revises its constitution
  • Aug 11 Mohammed Ali Radjai appointed premier of Iran

Sports History

Aug 11 Yanks Reggie Jackson hits his 400th HR off Chicago's Britt Burns

  • Aug 12 Signature of the Montevideo Treaty establishing the Latin American Integration Association.
  • Aug 12 Nicaragua celebrates the end of their National Literary Crusade - a massive effort over five months that reduced illiteracy from 50% to 12% [1]
  • Aug 13 Suriname president Johan Ferrier ousted
  • Aug 13 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 1.5k woman's record (3:52.47) in USSR

Presidential Convention

Aug 14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter for president and Walter Mondale for vice president

  • Aug 14 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • Aug 16 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • Aug 16 Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
  • Aug 16 British rock musician Jools Holland quits band Squeeze
  • Aug 17 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances

Sports History

Aug 17 George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401

  • Aug 17 Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history
  • Aug 18 KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400
  • Aug 19 George Brett ends hitting streak at 30
  • Aug 19 Saudi Arabian Lockhead Tristar crashes on landing at Riyadh, 301 die
  • Aug 19 Willy Russell's play "Educating Rita" premieres in London starring Julie Walters
  • Aug 20 NY Yankee Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, 2nd straight day
  • Aug 20 Pittsburgh Pirate Omar Moreno pillages record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season
  • Aug 20 Reinhold Messner of Italy is 1st to complete solo ascent of Mt Everest
  • Aug 20 Cleveland Indians pitcher Dan Spillner, 5.45 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when Chicago White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles
  • Aug 20 UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital
  • Aug 21 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) founded in a basement office in Takoma Park, Maryland

Agreement of Interest

Aug 22 Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale

  • Aug 22 Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes
  • Aug 23 Charles O. Finley sells Oakland A's MLB franchise for $12.7m to Walter Haas Jr. (owner & CEO of Levi Strauss)
  • Aug 24 Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion's musical "42nd Street" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 3486 performances
  • Aug 25 Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins arrested for possession of drugs
  • Aug 26 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • Aug 26 John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada
  • Aug 27 Chon Doo Hwan elected president of South Korea
  • Aug 28 37th Venice Film Festival: "Atlantic City" directed by Louis Malle and "Gloria" directed by John Cassavetes jointly awarded Golden Lion (first since 1968)
  • Aug 28 First use of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine to scan the human body at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland
  • Aug 31 "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances
  • Aug 31 80th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Hal Sutton
  • Aug 31 Poland's Solidarity trade union federations forms and is officially recognised by the Polish government
  • Aug 31 The Gdańsk Agreement is signed, allowing Polish citizens to bring democratic changes within the communist political structure

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Mancini [Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino], Brazilian footballer, born in Itapinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Aug 2 Moto Boy [Oskar Humlebo], Swedish pop singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Beat Heart"), born in Färila, Sweden
  • Aug 2 Ivica Banović, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Aug 2 Nadia Bjorlin, American actress, born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Aug 2 Jose "Dingdong" Dantes, Filipino actor (One More Try) and television host (Star Struck), born in Quezon City, Philippines
  • Aug 3 Brandan Schieppati, American singer (Bleeding Through), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Aug 3 Dominic Moore, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 5 Wayne Bridge, English premier league footballer, born in Southampton, England
  • Aug 5 Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer, born in Malé, Maldives
  • Aug 5 Sophie Winkleman, English actress, born in London, England
  • Aug 5 Jason Čulina, Australian soccer player
  • Aug 6 Danny Collins, Welsh soccer defender (12 caps; Sunderland, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest), born in Chester, England
  • Aug 6 Wilber Pan, Taiwanese-American singer, rapper and actor, born in West Virgina
  • Aug 7 Aurélie Claudel, French model, born in Laxou, France
  • Aug 8 Mike Hindert, American musician
  • Aug 8 Pat Noonan, American footballer
  • Aug 8 Sabine Klaschka, German tennis player
  • Aug 8 Michael Urie, American actor and director
  • Aug 9 Ryu Seung-beom, South Korean actor (The Unjust), born in Asan, South Korea
  • Aug 10 Kaysar Ridha, Iraqi-American reality TV contestant
  • Aug 11 Lee Suggs, American football player, born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Aug 11 Merritt Wever, American Emmy Award-winning actress (Nurse Jackie - "Zoey"; Godless; Unbelievable), born in Manhattan, New York City
  • Aug 12 Maggie Lawson, American actress
  • Aug 12 Matt Thiessen, Canadian-American musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 12 Dominique Swain, American actress
  • Aug 12 Jade Villalon, American singer/songwriter
  • Aug 14 Estrella Morente, Spanish flamenco singer, born in Las Gabias, Spain
  • Aug 14 Roy Williams, American football player (Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Redwood City, California
  • Aug 15 Nathalie Press, English actress (Wasp), born in London, England
  • Aug 16 Vanessa Carlton, American singer-songwriter, born in Milford, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 16 Robert "Bob" Hardy, English musician (Franz Ferdinand), born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
  • Aug 17 Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer, born in Makkinga, Netherlands
  • Aug 17 Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Aug 17 Shannon Lucio, American actress, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 17 Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Tromsø, Norway
  • Aug 18 Esteban Cambiasso, Argentine footballer, born in San Fernando Partido, Argentina
  • Aug 18 Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker, born in Preveza, Greece
  • Aug 18 Preeti Jhangiani, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • Aug 18 Rob Nguyen, Australian racing driver, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Aug 18 Jeremy Shockey, American football Tight End, born in Ada, Oklahoma
  • Aug 19 Paul Parry, Welsh footballer, born in Cheptow, wales
  • Aug 19 Jun Jin, Korean rapper (Shinhwa), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Aug 19 Darius Danesh, Scottish pop, opera and swing singer-songwriter and stage actor, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 19 Michael Todd, American rock bassist (Coheed and Cambria), born in Kingston, New York
  • Aug 20 Corey Carrier, American actor (Young Indiana Jones), born in Middleborough, Massachusetts
  • Aug 20 Rochelle Gadd, British actress (Hollyoaks)
  • Aug 21 Paul Menard, American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Aug 21 Burney Lamar, American race car driver, born in West Sacramento, California
  • Aug 22 Roland Benschneider, German footballer, born in Neuruppin, Germany
  • Aug 22 Christi Shake, American model and actress, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 22 Nicolas Macrozonaris, French Canadian track-and-field athlete, born in Laval, Canada
  • Aug 23 Denny Bautista, Dominican baseball player, born in Sánchez, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 23 Rex Grossman, American football player, born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Aug 24 Sonja Bennett, Canadian actress (Punch), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 25 Neal Musser, American baseball player

Macaulay Culkin

Aug 26 Macaulay Culkin, American actor (Home Alone, My Girl, Richie Rich), born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 26 Brendan Harris, American baseball player, born in Queensbury, New York
  • Aug 26 Chris Pine, American actor (Star Trek), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 26 Neeru Bajwa, Canadian actress and director in Punjabi cinema, born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • Aug 27 Stephanie Michelle Steele, American country singer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • Aug 27 Kyle Lowder, American actor
  • Aug 28 T.J. Beam, American baseball player, born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Aug 29 David Desrosiers, Canadian rock bassist (Simple Plan, 2000-20), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 29 Chris Simms, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Aug 29 David West, American basketball player, born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Aug 29 Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong singer and actor, born in British Hong Kong
  • Aug 29 Mohammad Sheikh, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Aug 31 Joe Budden, American rapper (Pump It Up), born in New York, New York
  • Aug 31 Laura Mulleavy, American fashion designer (Rodarte), born in California

Famous Weddings

James Woods

Aug 13 Actor James Woods (33) weds costume designer Kathryn Morrison

Famous Deaths

Strother Martin

Aug 1 Strother Martin, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

  • Aug 1 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Aug 2 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), dies at 64
  • Aug 4 Diego Fabbri, Italian playwright and leader (Vatican movie bureau), dies at 69
  • Aug 5 Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 6 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • Aug 8 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 8 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break sound barrier, dies at 74
  • Aug 8 Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer, dies at 70
  • Aug 9 Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83
  • Aug 9 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • Aug 9 P K "Perker" Lee, Australian cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies at 75
  • Aug 11 Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
  • Aug 11 Willi Forst, Austrian actor and director (Bel Amis, Operette, Vienna Blood), dies at 77
  • Aug 14 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), murdered by estranged husband and manager Paul Snider at 20
  • Aug 18 Norman Cazden, American composer, educator, and music theorist, dies at 65
  • Aug 19 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91
  • Aug 20 Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), dies at 41
  • Aug 21 Jack Cheetham, South African cricket batsman and captain (24 Tests; Western Province), dies at 60
  • Aug 22 James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer, dies of a stroke at 81
  • Aug 22 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (Mercedes Benz), dies at 89
  • Aug 23 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Yootha Joyce, British actress (Man About the House, George and Mildred), dies of liver failure at 53
  • Aug 24 Frederick A. Fox, American classical composer (Nightscenes; Shaking The Pumpkin),and educator (Indiana University, 1974-94), dies at 80
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 60
  • Aug 26 Miliza Korjus, Polish-American actress (Great Waltz), dies at 71
  • Aug 26 Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • Aug 26 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
  • Aug 26 Jimmy Forrest, American jazz saxophonist (Night Train), dies at 60
  • Aug 27 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • Aug 27 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), dies at 33