On This Day

Historical Events in January 1980

  • Jan 1 Chrysler UK renamed Talbot
  • Jan 1 International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • Jan 1 Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • Jan 1 Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • Jan 1 Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • Jan 1 Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.
  • Jan 1 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Barbara Jordan wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Sharon Walsh 6-3, 6-3
  • Jan 1 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • Jan 1 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • Jan 1 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7

Historic Event

Jan 1 Comic strip "The Far Side" by Gary Larson debuts in The San Francisco Chronicle

  • Jan 2 British Steel workers go on a national strike

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 2 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas retains title for 4th and last Grand Slam win; beats American John Sadri 7-6, 6-3, 6-2

  • Jan 3 Gold hits record $634 an ounce
  • Jan 3 Babrak Karmal defends the Soviet-backed coup in first public appearance since taking power as President of Afghanistan
  • Jan 6 "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances

Election of Interest

Jan 6 Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins elections in India

  • Jan 6 Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • Jan 6 The beginning of the first GPS epoch.
  • Jan 6 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 27-13
  • Jan 6 NFC Championship, Tampa Stadium: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-0
  • Jan 7 Minnesota ends Philadelphia Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends

Album Release

Jan 7 Real Records releases "Pretenders", the debut album of The Pretenders, in UK

Historic Event

Jan 7 American President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan

  • Jan 8 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • Jan 8 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • Jan 9 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 10 Last broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC
  • Jan 12 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games during a 107-96 loss at the Golden State Warriors

Sports History

Jan 12 Björn Borg of Sweden wins his first of 2 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles outclassing American Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 6–2 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Jan 13 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • Jan 13 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • Jan 13 Togo's constitution becomes effective
  • Jan 15 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London

Music History

Jan 16 Paul McCartney is arrested at Tokyo International Airport for possession of marijuana; he is sent to jail for nine days before being deported

  • Jan 17 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • Jan 17 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, kills three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • Jan 17 Roger Sessions' 9th Symphony, his last, premieres in Syracuse, New York with Christopher Keene conducting the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
  • Jan 18 Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • Jan 18 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000
  • Jan 20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Jan 20 Super Bowl XIV, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 21 Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • Jan 21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal

Historic Event

Jan 22 Russian dissidents Andrei Sakharov and Yelena Bonner arrested in Moscow and banished to Gorky

  • Jan 22 West Indies beat England 2-0 to win cricket's 1st World Series Cup
  • Jan 25 Bani Sadr elected president of Iran
  • Jan 25 Dutch government demands boycott of Olympics
  • Jan 25 Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft
  • Jan 25 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported

Music History

Jan 26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

  • Jan 26 Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
  • Jan 26 Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • Jan 26 Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes
  • Jan 27 "Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 37-27; MVP: Chuck Muncie, New Orleans Saints, RB

Historic Event

Jan 27 Robert Mugabe returns to Rhodesia after 5 years in exile

  • Jan 28 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • Jan 28 New York coach Red Holzman wins his 600th NBA game, only the second (after Red Auerbach) coach at the time to reach the plateau, as the Knicks beat Golden State, 107-103
  • Jan 29 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • Jan 29 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT

Historic Event

Jan 30 Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 31 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41