On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1980

Historical Events

  • Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • Gerd Wessig of East Germany becomes the first male to set a high jump world record at the Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mancini [Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino], Brazilian footballer, born in Itapinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Famous Deaths

  • Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)

Strother Martin

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

1980 Highlights

About August 1, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 4 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

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