What Happened on May 17, 1980

Historical Events

Preakness Stakes

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

Music History

Paul & Linda McCartney appear in remote segment from England, after being awakened by Father Guido Sarducci, on "Saturday Night Live"

  • V. S. Kumar Anandan from Sri Lanka balances on one foot for 33 hours (Guinness World Record)
1980 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Dallas Taylor, American Christian metal singer (Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Underoath), born in Ocala, Florida
  • Davor Džalto, Serbian art historian, born in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Stéphane Robert, French professional tennis player, born in Montargis, France
Born in 1980

Famous Weddings

John McCain

Navy Liaison and future politician John McCain (43) weds second wife American teacher Cindy Lou Hensley (25)

About May 17, 1980

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 43 years and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Call Me - Blondie
  • UK #1 Song: What's Another Year - Johnny Logan