On This Day

What Happened on December 16, 1980

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

President-elect Ronald Reagan announces Alexander Haig Jr. as 59th Secretary of State

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Famous Deaths


Person of interestColonel Sanders

Colonel Harland Sanders, American founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies at 90

Businessman and Restaurateur Colonel Sanders
Businessman and Restaurateur
Colonel Sanders
  • Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (b. 1900)
1980 Highlights

About December 16, 1980

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 6 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Sagittarius