On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1980

Historical Events


<b>Pirate</b> AttackPirate Attack

Linda Ronstadt opens in "Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) founded in a basement office in Takoma Park, Maryland

Famous Birthdays

  • Burney Lamar, American race car driver, born in West Sacramento, California
  • Paul Menard, American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Famous Deaths

  • Jack Cheetham, South African cricket batsman and captain (24 Tests; Western Province), dies at 60
1980 Highlights

About August 21, 1980

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 3 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo