On This Day

What Happened on October 27, 1980

Historical Events

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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire

Famous Birthdays

  • Tanel Padar, Estonian singer (46th Eurovision Song Contest winner), born in Uhtna, Estonia

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
1980 Highlights

About October 27, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 11 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Labour Day (New Zealand), October Bank Holiday (Ireland)

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