On This Day

What Happened on July 7, 1980

Historical Events


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Institution of Sharia law in Iran
  • Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours
  • Jineane Ford of Arizona replaces Shawn Weatherly (Miss Universe) as the 29th Miss USA
  • Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe
  • The Safra massacre in Lebanon

Famous Birthdays

  • Dan Whitesides, American drummer (The Used)
  • Deidre Downs, American beauty queen, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • John Buck, American baseball player, born in Kemmerer, Wyoming
  • Kaisa Jouhki, Finnish vocalist (Battlelore), born in Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Michele Kwan, American figure skater (World C'ship gold women's singles 1996, 98, 2000, 01, 03; Olympic silver 1998; bronze 2002), born in Torrance, California

Famous Deaths

  • Reginald Gardiner, British actor (The Flying Deuces, The Great Dictator), dies at 77
1980 Highlights

About July 7, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 40 years and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Cancer