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


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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
1980 Highlights

About September 5, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 7 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Virgo