On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1980

Historical Events

  • A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18
  • After being struck by an orange thrown from the crowd West Indian fast bowler Sylvester Clarke knocks out a spectator with a brick during 4th Test against Pakistan in Multan

Music concertMusic Concert

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band's "The River Tour" concert at Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, New York) clocks in at almost 4 hours

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns

Famous Birthdays

  • Matt Cross, American professional wrestler, born in Brecksville, Ohio
  • Richard "Richie" McCaw, New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), born in Oamaru, New Zealand

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies
  • Bob Shawkey, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1923, 27; AL ERA leader 1920, New York Yankees), dies at 90

Person of interestMarshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan, Canadian writer (Medium is the Message), dies at 69

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan
  • Raoul Walsh, American director (High Sierra), dies at about 88
1980 Highlights

About December 31, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 8 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

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