On This Day

September 17, 1980 in History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • 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 in History