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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 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