What Happened on March 23, 1980

Historical Events

Sports History

18-year old American tennis star Tracy Austin wins her only WTA Tour Championship; upsets Martina Navratilova in the final 6–2, 2–6, 6–2 in NYC

  • AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Old Dominion beat Tennessee 68-53 at Mount Pleasant

Cricket History

Australian cricketer Allan Border becomes the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test, in the 3rd test vs Pakistan in Lahore

  • France performs nuclear test
  • Nicaraguan National Literary Crusade begins: crusade teachers swear in plazas across the country to exterminate ignorance in just five months (will successfully reduce illiteracy from 50% to 12%) [1]

PGA Players Championship

PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass Country Club (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida): Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw


1980 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Russell Howard, British stan-up comedian, radio and television presenter, born in Bristol, England
Born in 1980

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (Misery Index), dies of a heart attack at 51

About March 23, 1980

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 2 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) - Pink Floyd
  • UK #1 Song: Going Underground/Dreams Of Children - Jam