On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1980

Day of the Week: Tuesday

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
  • 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 Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Pietro Nenni, Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88