On This Day

What Happened on July 19, 1980

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US and others boycott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application

Famous Birthdays

  • Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 2018)
  • Giorgio Mondini, Italian racing driver
  • Mark Webber, American actor
  • Xavier Malisse, Belgian tennis player