On This Day

What Happened on March 31, 1980

Historical Events

Boxing Title Fight

Almost concurrent heavyweight boxing championship fights: Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for WBC title in Las Vegas, NV whilst Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for WBA belt in Knoxville, TN

Historic Event

President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry

  • The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.

Famous Birthdays

  • Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese MLB pitcher (NY Yankees, AL wins leader 2006), born in Tainan City, Taiwan
  • Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor

Famous Deaths

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • VladimĂ­r Holan, Czech poet, dies at 74
1980 Highlights

About March 31, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 8 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

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