On This Day

What Happened on June 18, 1980

Historical Events

  • Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Indian "human computer" Shakuntala Devi sets a world record by mentally multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds; She correctly answered that 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 = 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 !

Writer and Mathematician Shakuntala Devi
Writer and Mathematician
Shakuntala Devi

Famous Birthdays

  • Antonio Gates, American football player
  • Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner (World C'ship bronze 2005, only non-African runner to medal in event since 1987), born in Frankston, Victoria
  • Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer and songwriter

Famous Deaths

  • André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), dies at 76
  • Terence Fisher, English film director (Hammer Films), dies at 76
1980 Highlights

About June 18, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 5 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Gemini