On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1980

Historical Events

  • 105th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Codex wins his first of 2 Pimlico classics
  • Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • V. S. Kumar Anandan from Sri Lanka balances on one foot for 33 hours (Guinness World Record)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dallas Taylor, American Christian metal singer (Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Underoath), born in Ocala, Florida
  • Davor Džalto, Serbian art historian
1980 Highlights

About May 17, 1980

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 5 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Taurus