On This Day

What Happened on January 2, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events


Sport awardAustralian 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 arts combatant
  • Stephanie Stiegler, pairs skater (& Zimmerman), born in Santa Monica, California

Famous Deaths

  • Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44