On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1980

Historical Events

  • Cleve Dan Spillner, 545 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles
  • NY Yankee Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, 2nd straight day
  • Pitts Omar Moreno steals record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season
  • Reinhold Messner of Italy is 1st to solo ascent Mt Everest
  • UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital

Famous Birthdays

  • Corey Carrier, American actor (Young Indiana Jones), born in Middleborough, Massachusetts
  • Rochelle Gadd, British actress (Hollyoaks)

Famous Deaths

  • Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), dies at 41
1980 Highlights

About August 20, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 41 years and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

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