On This Day

What Happened on March 23, 1980

Historical Events


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

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

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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

Cricketer Allan Border
Cricketer
Allan Border

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Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi arrives in Egypt

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • France performs nuclear test
  • PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw

Famous Birthdays

  • Russell Howard, British Comedian

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
1980 Highlights

About March 23, 1980

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 8 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aries