On This Day

What Happened on October 4, 1980

Historical Events

  • ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's 2-run homer off Stan Bahnsen in 11th inning gives Philadelphia, 6-4 win v Montreal and NL East title; Schmidt's 48th of the season; breaks Eddie Mathews' single-season MLB record for 3rd basemen

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Famous Birthdays

  • Jimmy Workman, actor (Pugsley-Addams Family)
  • Sarah Fisher, American auto racer and team owner (first woman to claim a pole position in a major American open-wheel race, IRL 2002), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tim Peper, American actor
  • Tomáš Rosický, Czech soccer midfielder (105 caps; Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Famous Weddings

  • "The Princess Bride" actor Chris Sarandon (38) weds model Lisa Cooper
1980 Highlights

About October 4, 1980

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 11 months and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

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