On This Day

What Happened on September 5, 1980

Historical Events

  • Poland party leader Edward Gierek resigns
  • World's longest road tunnel, St Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Franco Costanzo, Argentinian football goalkeeper, born in Río Cuarto, Argentina

Famous Divorces

Michael Crichton

Lawyer Kathleen St. Johns divorces best-selling author Michael Crichton (37) after nearly 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Barbara Loden, actress (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 48
  • Don Banks, Australian orchestral, jazz, and film score composer, dies of leukemia at 56
1980 Highlights

About September 5, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 9 months and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Upside Down - Diana Ross
  • UK #1 Song: Start - Jam