What Happened on June 23, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events


Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

"David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation
  • South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails
  • West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)

Famous Birthdays

  • Becky Cloonan, American comic book artist
  • Melissa Rauch, actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in Marlboro Township, New Jersey
  • Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer

Famous Deaths

  • Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • John Laurie, Scottish actor (Hamet, The 39 Steps, Jericho, Island of Desire), dies at 83
  • Odile Versois, actress (Nude in a White Car, Young Lovers), dies
  • Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), dies at 85
  • Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies