On This Day

What Happened on December 24, 1980

Historical Events

  • Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds

Famous Birthdays

  • Tomas Kalnoky, American musician (Streetlight Manifesto), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Famous Deaths

  • Alec Lafayette Chew Wilder, composer, dies at 73
  • Alec Wilder, American classical, jazz, and pop music composer (The Churkendoose), and musicologist (American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950), dies at 73 [1]

Person of interestKarl Dönitz

Karl Dönitz, German admiral and last leader of Nazi Germany, dies of heart attack at 89

Naval Commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval Commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), dies at 87
1980 Highlights

About December 24, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 2 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn