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)

Person of interestStrother 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? 40 years, 4 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo