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)
1980 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Mancini [Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino], Brazilian footballer, born in Itapinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Born in 1980

Famous Deaths

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

Strother Martin (1919-1980)

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

About August 1, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 2 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

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