What Happened on May 12, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight lands at Sainte-Félicité, Quebec. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian piloted the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores the winner with a rare header.

Famous Deaths

  • Lillian Roth, actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies