On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1980

Historical Events

  • 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7
  • 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • 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
  • Chrysler UK renamed Talbot

Historic Event

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

  • International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.

Famous Birthdays

  • Elin Nordegren, Swedish model

Famous Deaths

  • Frank Wykoff, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Pietro Nenni, Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88
1980 Highlights

About January 1, 1980

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 11 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Capricorn