On This Day

What Happened on March 21, 1980

Historical Events

Television Finale

On season finale cliffhanger of TV show "Dallas", villain J.R. Ewing is shot by unknown assailant

Famous Birthdays

  • Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41 - "Fat Lip"), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier, 15 Olympic medals, 18 World Championship medals, born in Trondheim, Norway


Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian soccer midfielder (97 caps; FIFA World Cup 2002; Paris SG; FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo), born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Famous Deaths

  • Gideon Fagan, South African conductor and composer, dies at 75
  • Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist, dies at 92
1980 Highlights

About March 21, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 8 months and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

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