On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18
  • 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

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