On This Day

What Happened on December 14, 1980

Historical Events

  • "Onward Victoria" opens and closes at Martin Beck NYC after 1 performance
  • Anders Kailur scores on 6th Islander penalty shot

Event of interestEvent of Interest

At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Massacre at Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Los Angeles with 3 people killed and 6 injured
  • Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer, born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Tata Young, Thai-American singer, born in Bangkok, Thailand

Famous Deaths

  • Elston Howard, American baseball catcher (12 × MLB All-Star; 6 × World Series; AL MVP 1963; first African-American NY Yankee), dies from myocarditis at 59
  • Richard Gurley Drew, American inventor (created masking tape and cellophane at 3M), dies at 81
1980 Highlights

About December 14, 1980

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 10 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

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