What Happened on December 29, 1980

Historical Events

  • Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) to Launch Complex 39A

Famous Deaths

  • Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  • Roy Engle, American writer and actor (The Man from Planet X, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian), dies from meningitis at 67
  • Tim Hardin, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe), dies of a drug overdose at 39
1980 Highlights

About December 29, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 11 months and 10 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