What Happened on June 23, 1980

Historical Events

David Letterman Show

"David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

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

Event of Interest

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)
1980 History

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
Born in 1980

Famous Deaths

  • Clyfford Still, American abstract painter and leading figure of the Abstract Expressionists, dies at 75
  • 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

About June 23, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 3 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Coming Up (Live At Glasgow) - Paul McCartney And Wings
  • UK #1 Song: Crying - Don Mclean