On This Day

What Happened on March 23, 1980

Historical Events

Sports History

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

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

Sports 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

Historic Event

Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi arrives in Egypt

  • 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 (Misery Index), dies of a heart attack at 51
1980 Highlights

About March 23, 1980

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 8 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

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