On This Day

What Happened in January 1980

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Chrysler UK renamed Talbot
  • Jan 1 International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • Jan 1 Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • Jan 1 Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • Jan 1 Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • Jan 1 Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.
  • Jan 1 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Barbara Jordan wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Sharon Walsh 6-3, 6-3
  • Jan 1 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • Jan 1 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • Jan 1 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7

Historic Event

Jan 1 Comic strip "The Far Side" by Gary Larson debuts in The San Francisco Chronicle

  • Jan 2 British Steel workers go on a national strike

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 2 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas retains title for 4th and last Grand Slam win; beats American John Sadri 7-6, 6-3, 6-2

  • Jan 3 Gold hits record $634 an ounce
  • Jan 3 Babrak Karmal defends the Soviet-backed coup in first public appearance since taking power as President of Afghanistan
  • Jan 6 "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances

Election of Interest

Jan 6 Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins elections in India

  • Jan 6 Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • Jan 6 The beginning of the first GPS epoch.
  • Jan 6 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 27-13
  • Jan 6 NFC Championship, Tampa Stadium: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-0
  • Jan 7 Minnesota ends Philadelphia Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends

Album Release

Jan 7 Real Records releases "Pretenders", the debut album of The Pretenders, in UK

Historic Event

Jan 7 American President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan

  • Jan 8 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • Jan 8 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • Jan 9 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 10 Last broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC
  • Jan 12 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games during a 107-96 loss at the Golden State Warriors

Sports History

Jan 12 Björn Borg of Sweden wins his first of 2 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles outclassing American Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 6–2 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Jan 13 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • Jan 13 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • Jan 13 Togo's constitution becomes effective
  • Jan 15 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London

Music History

Jan 16 Paul McCartney is arrested at Tokyo International Airport for possession of marijuana; he is sent to jail for nine days before being deported

  • Jan 17 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • Jan 17 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, kills three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • Jan 17 Roger Sessions' 9th Symphony, his last, premieres in Syracuse, New York with Christopher Keene conducting the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
  • Jan 18 Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • Jan 18 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000
  • Jan 20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Jan 20 Super Bowl XIV, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 21 Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • Jan 21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal

Historic Event

Jan 22 Russian dissidents Andrei Sakharov and Yelena Bonner arrested in Moscow and banished to Gorky

  • Jan 22 West Indies beat England 2-0 to win cricket's 1st World Series Cup
  • Jan 25 Bani Sadr elected president of Iran
  • Jan 25 Dutch government demands boycott of Olympics
  • Jan 25 Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft
  • Jan 25 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported

Music History

Jan 26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

  • Jan 26 Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
  • Jan 26 Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • Jan 26 Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes
  • Jan 27 "Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 37-27; MVP: Chuck Muncie, New Orleans Saints, RB

Historic Event

Jan 27 Robert Mugabe returns to Rhodesia after 5 years in exile

  • Jan 28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • Jan 28 New York coach Red Holzman wins his 600th NBA game, only the second (after Red Auerbach) coach at the time to reach the plateau, as the Knicks beat Golden State, 107-103
  • Jan 29 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • Jan 29 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT

Historic Event

Jan 30 Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 31 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Elin Nordegren, Swedish model
  • Jan 1 Richie Faulkner, British heavy metal guitarist (Judas Priest, 2011-present), born in London, England
  • Jan 2 Mac Danzig, American mixed martial artist (The Ultimate Fighter 6 lightweight 2007), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jan 3 Angela Ruggiero, American ice hockey hall of fame defenseman (Olympics gold 1998; Chairperson IOC Athletes' Commission 2016-18), born in Panorama City, California
  • Jan 3 Rob Arnold, American heavy metal guitarist (Chimaira, 2000-11; Six Feet Under, 2012-18)
  • Jan 3 Liya Kebede, Ethiopian model
  • Jan 3 David Tyree, American NFL wide receiver and executive (Pro Bowl 2005; Super Bowl 2007; NY Giants), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Jan 3 Bryan Clay, American decathlete (Olympic gold 2008; World C'ship gold 2005), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 4 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist, born in Drohobych, Ukraine
  • Jan 4 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 4 Greg Cipes, American actor, born in Coral Springs, Florida
  • Jan 4 Erin Cahill, American actress, born in Stafford, Virginia
  • Jan 5 Garette Patrick Ratliff, American actor (Return to Blue Lagoon), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 5 Bennie Joppru, National Football League tight end, born in Dickinson, North Dakota
  • Jan 6 Steed Malbranque, French footballer, born in Mouscron, Belgium
  • Jan 8 Rachel Nichols, American actress, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jan 9 Sergio García, Spanish golfer (US Masters 2017), born in Borriol, Castellón
  • Jan 10 Matt Roney, American baseball player, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 10 Sarah Shahi, American actress & model, born in Euless, Texas
  • Jan 11 Lovieanne Jung, American softball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 11 Mike Williams, American football player, born in South Carolina, United States
  • Jan 11 Deanna Wright, American actress, born in Ocala, Florida
  • Jan 12 Amerie [Rogers] American pop singer-songwriter, born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player, born in Lakewood, California
  • Jan 13 Krzysztof Czerwinski, Polish conductor and organist, born in Poznan, Poland
  • Jan 13 Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer
  • Jan 13 Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • Jan 13 Michael Rupp, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 14 Sosuke Sumitani, Japanese announcer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 14 Clive Clarke, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 14 Cory Gibbs, American soccer defender (19 caps; FC St.Pauli, Feyenoord, Colorado Rapids, NE Revolution, Chicago Fire), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 14 Ossama Haidar, Lebanese soccer player
  • Jan 14 Byron Leftwich, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 14 Hiroshi Tamaki, Japanese actor & model, born in Nagoya, Japan
  • Jan 15 Matt Holliday, American baseball player, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Jan 16 Seydou Keita, Malian footballer, born in Bamako, Mali
  • Jan 16 Lin-Manuel Miranda, American composer and playwright (In The Heights; Hamilton), born in New York City
  • Jan 16 Albert Pujols, Dominican MLB 1st baseman (NL MVP 2005, 2008-9)), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 16 Michelle Wild, Hungarian model, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jan 16 Alyssa Edwards [Justin Johnson], American drag performer, choreographer, TV personality and businessperson (Beyond Belief Dance Company), born in Mesquite, Texas
  • Jan 16 Lukasz Urbaniak, Polish classical pianist, composer and teacher, born in Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Jan 17 Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • Jan 17 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Zooey Deschanel

Jan 17 Zooey Deschanel, American actress (Almost Famous; Elf; New Girl), and singer (She & Him), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jan 17 Kimberly Spicer, American model, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 18 Robert Green, English footballer, born in Chertsey, United Kingdom
  • Jan 18 Julius Peppers, American football player (Carolina Panthers), born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • Jan 18 Jason Segel, American actor (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 18 Estelle [Swaray], English singer-songwriter, rapper ("American Boy"), and actress (Steven Universe), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Jan 19 Jenson Button, English auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2009; Super GT 2018), born in Frome, England
  • Jan 19 Kotoko, Japanese singer, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Jan 20 Philippe Cousteau Jr., French oceanographer and grandson of Jacques Cousteau, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 20 Brigitte Olivier, Belgian judoka, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Jan 20 Matthew Tuck, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine), born in Bridgend, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Federico Martín Aramburú, Argentine rugby union winger (22 Tests; 11 competitions Argentina Sevens; Biarritz Olympique, Perpignan, Glasgow Warriors), born in La Plata, Argentina (d. 2022)
  • Jan 21 Aubrie Rippner, tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Dave Kitson, English footballer
  • Jan 21 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Jan 22 Subhash Ram Prajapati, Nepalese writer, born in Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Jan 22 Jake Grove, American NFL football player, 2004-10 (Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins), born in Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Jan 22 Christopher Masterson, American actor (MAlcolm In The Niddle - "Francis"), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jan 22 Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence, 1995-2003 -"Bring Me To Life"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jan 22 Jonathan Woodgate, English footballer, born in Nunthorpe, United Kingdom
  • Jan 22 (Elizabeth) "Lizz" Wright, American jazz and gospel vocalist ("Dreaming Wide Awake"), born in Hahira, Georgia
  • Jan 23 Theresa Kulikowski, American gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 24 Rocky Boiman, American football player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 24 Nicole Marie Lenz, American actress, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jan 24 Yamandu Costa, Brazilian guitarist & composer (Os Fronteiriços), born in Passo Fundo
  • Jan 25 Xavi [Xavier Hernández Creus], Spanish footballer, born in Terrassa, Spain
  • Jan 25 Efstathios Tavlaridis, Greek footballer, born in Serres, Greece
  • Jan 25 Michelle McCool, American professional wrestler, born in Palatka, Florida
  • Jan 27 Marat Safin, Russian tennis player (US Open 2000, Australian Open 2005), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 28 Nick Carter, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys - "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"), born in Jamestown, New York
  • Jan 28 Jesse James, American drug dealer and fugitive, born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 29 Jason James Richter, American actor (Free Willy), born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jan 29 Yael Bar-Zohar, Israeli actress & model, born in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Jan 29 Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jan 30 Joãozinho, Brazilian footballer, born in Sergipe, Brazil
  • Jan 30 Leilani Dowding, British glamour model, born in Bournemouth, United Kingdom
  • Jan 30 Wilmer Valderrama, American actor (That 70s Show -"Fez"), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 30 Pavel Ponomaryov, Russian-Estonian actor, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 31 James Adomian, American actor, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 31 Ryan Kienle, American bassist (Matchbook Romance), born in Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Jan 31 Tiffany Limos, American actress, born in Dallas, Texas

Famous Weddings

Samuel L. Jackson

Jan 14 Actor Samuel L. Jackson (31) weds sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson (30)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Frank Wykoff, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Jan 1 Pietro Nenni, Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88
  • Jan 3 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38
  • Jan 3 Ivan Triesault [Johann Constantin Treisalt], Russian actor (Cry of the Werewolf, Black Parachute), dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1926), dies at 87

Murder of InterestJoy Adamson

Jan 3 Joy Adamson [Friederike Viktoria Gessner], Austrian naturalist and author (Born Free), murdered at 69 by her servant

  • Jan 6 Georgeanna Tillman, American singer (the Marvelettes), dies at 35 from lupus and sickle cell anemia
  • Jan 7 Larry Williams, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Dizzy, Miss Lizzie"; "Slow Down"), dies of a gunshot wound to the head at 44
  • Jan 7 Carl White, American vocalist, dies at 47
  • Jan 7 Sarah Selby, American actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • Jan 7 Simonne Mathieu, French tennis player (French C'ships 1938-39; 11 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • Jan 8 John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 10 George Meany, American labor leader ((AFL-CIO), dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Bo Rein, American college football coach (b. 1945)
  • Jan 11 Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 12 Hans Ebeling, cricketer (Vict stalwart, bowled for Aust 1934), dies
  • Jan 13 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrarit), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • Jan 14 Robert Ardrey, American author (b. 1908)
  • Jan 16 Anna Maria Franciska van Wageningen-Salomons, Dutch author (Girl Student), dies at 94
  • Jan 17 Barbara Britton [Brantingham], American actress (Captain Kidd; Young and Willing; Mr. and Mrs. North), dies of pancreatic cancer at 60
  • Jan 18 Cecil Beaton, British photographer, dies at 76
  • Jan 19 Richard Franko Goldman, American educator and composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 19 William O. Douglas, American member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Iris Meredith [Shunn], American actress (Son of Davy Crockett; The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen), dies at 64
  • Jan 23 Babs Gonzales [Lee Brown], American be-bop jazz vocalist, poet, and songwriter ("Oop-Pop-A-Da"), dies of cancer at 60
  • Jan 24 Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), dies at 92
  • Jan 25 David Newell, American actor (Runaway Bride, White Heat, Dangerous Curves), dies at 75
  • Jan 25 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), dies at 56
  • Jan 29 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), dies at 85

Jimmy Durante

Jan 29 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), dies of pneumonia at 86

  • Jan 30 Lil Dagover, actress (Destiny, Spiders), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American boogie-woogie, New Orleans R&B, and mambo pianist and singer ("Tipitina": "Go To The Mardis Gras"), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • Jan 31 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies