On This Day

What Happened on March 18, 1980

Historical Events

  • Vostok rocket explodes on the launch pad while being refueled, killing 50

Famous Birthdays

  • S├ębastien Frey, French soccer goalkeeper (2 caps; Parma, Fiorentina), born in Thonon-les-Bains, France
  • Sophia Myles, English actress

Famous Deaths

  • "Grishata" Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (At Each Kilometer), dies at 47
  • Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • Herman Griffith, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests; 44 wickets; best 6-103), dies at 86
  • Ludwig Guttmann, German-British neurologist, founder of the Stoke Mandeville Games (now the Paralympics), dies at 80
1980 Highlights

About March 18, 1980

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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