What Happened on January 18, 1980

Historical Events

  • Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000

Famous Birthdays

  • Estelle [Swaray], English singer-songwriter, rapper ("American Boy"), and actress (Steven Universe), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Jason Segel, American actor (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Julius Peppers, American football player (Carolina Panthers), born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • Robert Green, English footballer, born in Chertsey, United Kingdom

Famous Deaths

  • Cecil Beaton, British photographer, dies at 76
1980 Highlights

About January 18, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 43 years and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Rock With You - Michael Jackson
  • UK #1 Song: Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders