On This Day

What Happened on January 16, 1980

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Famous Birthdays

  • Albert Pujols, Dominican MLB 1st baseman (NL MVP 2005, 2008-9)), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Alyssa Edwards [Justin Johnson], American drag performer, choreographer, TV personality and businessperson (Beyond Belief Dance Company), born in Mesquite, Texas
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, American composer and playwright (In The Heights, Hamilton), born in New York City
  • Michelle Wild, Hungarian model, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Seydou Keita, Malian footballer, born in Bamako, Mali

Famous Deaths

  • Anna Maria Franciska van Wageningen-Salomons, Dutch author (Girl Student), dies at 94
1980 Highlights

About January 16, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 10 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

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