On This Day

What Happened on January 29, 1980

Historical Events

  • 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT

Famous Birthdays

  • Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jason James Richter, American actor (Free Willy), born in Medford, Oregon
  • Yael Bar-Zohar, Israeli actress & model, born in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Famous Deaths

  • Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), dies at 85

Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), dies of pneumonia at 86


1980 Highlights

About January 29, 1980

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 10 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

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