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

Karl Dönitz

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

  • Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), dies at 87
1980 Highlights

About December 24, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 4 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
  • UK #1 Song: There's No One Quite Like Grandma - St Winifred's School Choir