On This Day

What Happened on May 2, 1980

Historical Events

  • Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder

Music History

Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa

  • Pope John Paul II begins African tour
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • (Elizabeth) "Ellie" Kemper, American actress (The Office -"Erin"; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Brad Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Miloš Glogovac, Serbian football player, born in Serbia
  • Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canadian skateboarder, born in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
  • Tim Borowski, German footballer, born in Neubrandenburg, East Germany
  • Troy Murphy, American basketball player, born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Zat Knight, English footballer, born in Solihull, England

Famous Deaths

  • Alioune Diop, Senegalese writer & editor (Présence africaine), dies at 70
  • Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricket spin bowler (37 Tests; 216 wickets @ 24.21; ICC Cricket Hall of Fame), dies at 88
  • George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
1980 Highlights

About May 2, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 7 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

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