On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1980

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

"Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • Iraq breaks 1975 treaty with Iran and proclaims sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway
  • Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria
  • Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Polish workers under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa found the Solidarity movement at the Gdańsk Shipyard

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death

Famous Birthdays

  • Asashoryu Akinori, Mongolian sumo wrestler (born as Dolgorsuren Dagvador)
  • Danny Haren, American baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54
  • Katherine A Porter, American author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90
1980 Highlights

About September 17, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 1 month and 1 day
Leap Year: Yes

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