On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1980

Historical Events

  • 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight departs Fort Baker, California. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian pilot the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
  • World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated

Famous Birthdays

  • Benny Yau, Canadian entertainer
  • Michelle McManus, Scottish pop singer ("All This Time"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
1980 Highlights

About May 8, 1980

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 6 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

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