On This Day

What Happened on June 23, 1980

Historical Events

Television Debut

"David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

  • 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation

Historic Event

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
  • Francesca Schiavone, Italian tennis player (French Open 2010), born in Milan, Italy
  • 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 (Hamlet, 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
1980 Highlights

About June 23, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 5 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Cancer