On This Day

What Happened on January 2, 1980

Historical Events


Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

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

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • British Steel workers go on a national strike

Famous Birthdays

  • Mac Danzig, American mixed martial artist (The Ultimate Fighter 6 lightweight 2007), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Larry Williams, American singer-songwriter, dies at 44
1980 Highlights

About January 2, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 7 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

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