What Happened on March 1, 1980

Historical Events

  • 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, BJCC Coliseum, Birmingham, AL: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • American poet-singer Patti Smith (32) weds MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith (31) in Detroit, Michigan
  • Commonwealth Trade Union Council established
  • Snow falls in Florida
  • The US enacts the Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act as part of a compromise between the Carter Administration and the Congress over the decontrol of crude oil prices
1980 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Abdur Rehman, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (22 Tests, 99 wickets; 31 ODIs), born in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Djimi TraorĂ©, Malian soccer defender (6 caps; Liverpool, Monaco), born in Saint-Ouen, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • Rose VBL Windsor, daughter of English prince Richard
  • Shahid Afridi, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (27 Tests, 5 x 100s; 398 ODIs, record 100 in 37 balls in 1st ODI innings; 99 T20I), born in Khyber, Pakistan
Born in 1980

Famous Deaths

  • Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Emmett Ashford, American baseball umpire (first certified black umpire), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • John Jacob Niles, American composer & singer, dies at 87
  • Wilhelmina Cooper, Dutch-American model and founder of Wilhelmina Models, dies at 40

About March 1, 1980

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 6 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
  • UK #1 Song: Atomic - Blondie