On This Day

What Happened on October 31, 1980

Historical Events

  • Julian Nott sets world hot-air balloon altitude record (16,806 m)
  • Polish government recognizes Solidarity trade union
  • Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat

Famous Birthdays

  • Alondra de la Parra, Mexican-American conductor (Queensland Symphony, 2015-present), and founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (2004-11), born in NYC, New York
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas, American actor (American Pie, American Wedding), born in NYC, New York
  • Samaire Armstrong, American actress (It's A Boy Girl Thing), born in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton

1980 Highlights

About October 31, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 40 years and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Scorpio