What Happened on October 27, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Astros owner John McMullen replaces GM Tal Smith with Al Rosen
  • Dave Gryllis sets world bicycle speed record of 94.37 kph

Event of interestEvent of Interest

William Safire’s column entitled "The Ayatollah Votes" is published in the New York Times, and was later quoted in a campaign ad for Ronald Reagan in that year's presidential election

American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire

Famous Birthdays

  • Cassia Riley, American model
  • Tanel Padar, Estonian singer

Famous Deaths

  • John Van Vleck, American Physicist, Mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, dies at 81
  • Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician, author and broadcaster (b. 1924)
  • Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31