On This Day

What Happened on July 19, 1980

Historical Events

  • USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application
  • XXII Summer Olympic Games open in Moscow, Russia; led by United States, 66 nations boycott event because of Soviet-Afghan war

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
1980 Highlights

About July 19, 1980

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 41 years and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Cancer