Events in year of 1980

  • 01-0154th Australian Womens Tennis: Barbara Jordan beats S Walsh (63 63)
  • 01-01Alabama beats Arkansas in Sugar Bowl for college football championship
  • 01-01Chrysler UK renamed Talbot
  • 01-01International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • 01-01Mob storms Russian embassy in Teheran
  • 01-01Premier Adbou Diouf becomes President of Senegal
  • 01-01Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • 01-0268th Australian Men Tennis: Guillermo Vilas beat John Sadri (76 63 62)
  • 01-03Gold hits record $634 an ounce
  • 01-04President Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 01-06Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • 01-0963 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • 01-10Last broadcast of "Rockford Files" on NBC
  • 01-11Debut of Pretenders
  • 01-12Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 01-13"King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • 01-13Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • 01-14"Blues Brothers" movie with Dan Akwoyd and John Belushi opens
  • 01-14Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
  • 01-16Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession
  • 01-17NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • 01-18Gold reaches $1,000 an oz
  • 01-20President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • 01-20Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • 01-20Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena
  • 01-20US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • 01-20US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • 01-21Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • 01-22Dissidents Andrei Sacharov and Jelena Bonner banished to Gorki
  • 01-22PGA begins a senior golf tour

People born in year of 1980

  • 01-02Stephanie Stiegler: Santa Monica, California -- Pairs skater (with Zimmerman)
  • 01-03Angela Ruggiero: Ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics - 1998)
  • 01-05Garette Patrick Ratliff: Actor (Return to Blue Lagoon)
  • 01-21Aubrie Rippner: Los Angeles, California -- Tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18)
  • 01-23Theresa Kulikowski: Tacoma, Washington -- Gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics - 1996)
  • 01-25Amanda Michelle Burns: Miss West Virginia Teen USA (1997)
  • 01-29Jason James Richter: Medford, Oregon -- Actor (Free Willy)
  • 02-01Courtney Hamilton: Miss Arizona Teen USA (1996)
  • 02-04Kelly Marie Sodan: Miss Kentucky Teen USA (1996)
  • 02-11Natasha Bobo: Watsonville, California -- Actress (Sally-Together We Stand)
  • 02-12Sarah Lancaster: Kansas City, Kansas -- Actress (Rachel-Saved By Bell: New Class)
  • 02-13Kristy Powell: Florida, United States -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-17Shanyn MacEachern: Brampton, Ontario -- Gymnist (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-18Alison Rachel Fitch: Hamilton, New Zealand -- Swimmer (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-23Yvonne Tousek: Kitchener, Ontario -- Gymnistic (1996 Olympics)
  • 03-01Rose VBL Windsor: Daughter of English Prince Richard
  • 03-15Deidra Graham: Salt Lake City, Utah -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 03-24Luke Edwards: Nevada City, California -- Actor (Newsie)
  • 03-28Cara Lewis: Miss Mississippi Teen USA (1997)
  • 03-30Liriel Higa: Los Angeles, California -- Rhythmic gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 03-31Jenny Smith: Western Australia, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-01Bryan Buffinton: Ridgewood, New Jersey -- Actor (Bill Lewis Jr-Guiding Light)
  • 04-06Matthew Thomas Carey: Actor (Once You Meet a Stranger)
  • 04-09Kristin Lee: Bethesda, Maryland -- Rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
  • 04-16Jesse Tendler: Madison, Wisconsin -- Actor (Nick-Ellen Burstyn Show)
  • 04-17Crystal Carlson: Miss Maine Teen USA (1997)
  • 04-22Aaron Metchnik: Santa Barbara, California -- Actor (Stephen-Torkelsons)
  • 04-22Monica Flammer: Gainesville, Florida -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-26Jordana Brewster: Panama -- Actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns)
  • 04-26Marne Patterson: Sherman Oaks, California -- Actress (Nicole-Something So Right)

People died in year of 1980

  • 01-01Frank Clifford Wykoff: Sprinter (1928, 32, 36 Olympics - Gold Medalist), dies at 70
  • 01-01Pietro Nenni: Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88
  • 01-02Larry Williams: Rocker, dies at 44
  • 01-03Amos Milburn: Rocker, dies at 52
  • 01-03Axel Springer, Jr.: German photographer, commits suicide at 38
  • 01-03Joy Adamson: Author (Born Free), killed by her servant at 69
  • 01-07Carl White: Rocker
  • 01-07Sarah Selby: Actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • 01-16Anna van Wageningen-Salomons: Dut Author (Unspoilt Dream), dies at 94
  • 01-17Barbara Britton: Actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • 01-18Cecil Beaton: British photographer, dies at 76
  • 01-19Richard Franko Goldman: Composer, dies at 69
  • 01-19William O Douglas: Member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • 01-22Iris Meredith: Actress (Lawless Land, Gambling Terror), dies at 64
  • 01-25David Newell: Actor (Dangerous Curves, White Heat), dies at 75
  • 01-29Antonio Molina: Composer, dies at 85
  • 01-29Jimmy Durante: Comedian (Palooka, Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
  • 01-30Lil Dagover: Actress (Destiny, Spiders), dies at 82
  • 01-30Professor Longhair: King of New Orleans music, dies at 61
  • 02-01Jack Bailey: TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • 02-01Romolo Valli: Actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • 02-02William H Stein: US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • 02-07Ernst Kunz: Composer, dies at 88
  • 02-07Katherine Emery: Actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
  • 02-09Antoine Pompe: Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • 02-12Floyd Taliaferro Alderson: Actor (Crossing Trails)
  • 02-13David Janssen [Meyer]: Actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • 02-17Graham Sutherland: Painter
  • 02-18Gale Robbins: Actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies at 58
  • 02-19Bon Scott: Aust rock vocalist (AC / DC-Whole Lotta Rosie), dies at 33

Events in year of 1981

  • 01-01Georgia beats Notre Dame in Sugar Bowl for college football title
  • 01-01Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community
  • 01-01International Year for the Disabled begins
  • 01-01Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing
  • 01-01Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors
  • 01-02Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65)
  • 01-02Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, WI vs. Pakistan
  • 01-0355th Australian Womens Tennis: H Mandlikova beats W Turnbull (60 75)
  • 01-03Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
  • 01-03Greg Chappell scores 204 vs. India at the SCG
  • 01-03Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 m butterfly (58.91)
  • 01-04"Frankenstein" opens and closes on Broadway
  • 01-04"Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances
  • 01-0469th Australian Mens Tennis: B Teacher beats Kim Warwick (75 76 63)
  • 01-04British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
  • 01-05"Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 minutes to 30 minutes
  • 01-05British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women
  • 01-0650th hat trick in Islander history-John Tonelli scored 5 goals
  • 01-08"Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances
  • 01-08India all out 63 in one-day international vs. Australia
  • 01-08Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)
  • 01-09Francisco Balsamao elected President of Portugal
  • 01-10El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "general offensive"
  • 01-10John Severin sets 100-mi unicycle speed record, 9 h 21 m
  • 01-11"Tintypes" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 01-11British team led by Ranulph Fiennes completes longest and fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days (2,500 miles)
  • 01-11Palau adopts constitution
  • 01-12"Dynasty" with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • 01-12Dynasty, a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, premieres on ABC
  • 01-13Barbara Sonntag, Colo, crochets record 147 stitches / min for 1 / 2 hour

People born in year of 1981

  • 01-18Kimberly Gloudemans: Miss California Teen USA (1997)
  • 01-18Latoya Farley: Miss Oklahoma Teen USA (1996)
  • 01-27Jonny Lang: Blues musician
  • 02-08Tommy Michaels: Staten Island, New York -- Actor (Timmy Hutton-All My Children)
  • 02-17Donielle Thompson: Wheatridge, Colorado -- Gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics - 1996)
  • 02-17Lisa Skinner: Queensland, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-08Rebecca Wilson: Queensland, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-23Gabriella MAO Windsor: Daughter of English Prince Michael
  • 05-05Danielle Christine Fishel: Mesa, Arizona -- Actress (Topanga-Boy Meets World)
  • 05-15Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips: Daughter of Princess Anne
  • 05-16Jessica Ponzo: Miss New Jersey Teen USA (1996)
  • 05-21Beth Botsford: 100m / 200m backstroke (1996 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 05-24Shelby Lyons: Oswego, New York -- Pairs skater (with Wells - 1995 Midwest Champ)
  • 06-15Cristin Duren: Miss Florida Teen USA (Miss Photogenic-1997)
  • 06-22Lisa Moro: Victoria, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 06-30Allison Schroeder: Miss Wisconsin Teen USA (1997)
  • 07-06Nicole Kantek: NSW, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 07-11Mary Beth Arnold: Reno, Nevada -- Gymnast (World-bronze-95)
  • 07-15Alecia Ingram: Knoxville, Tennessee -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 07-19Naomi Grabow: lake Arrowhead, California -- Pairs skater (with Benjamin Oberman)
  • 07-29Jennie Thompson: Wichita Falls, Texas -- Gymnast (Jr National Champ 93, Olympics - 1996)
  • 08-20Lauri Illy: Virginia Beach, Virginia -- Rhythmic gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 09-02Katie Teft: Grand Rapids, Michigan -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 09-12Jered Guzman: Garden Grove, California -- Pairs skater (with Natalie Vlandis)
  • 09-28Vincent Kartheiser: Actor (Hairy Bird, Alaska, Untamed Heart)
  • 10-08Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia of the Netherlands
  • 10-18Richard Vuu: Actor (Last Emperor)
  • 10-29Amanda Beard: Newport Beach, California -- 100m / 200m breaststroke (1996 Olympics - 2 Silver Medals)
  • 11-13Kirsty-Leigh Brown: Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 11-15Natalie Lacuesta: Chicago, Illinois -- Rhythmic gymnast (1996 Olympics)

People died in year of 1981

  • 01-02David Lynch: Singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • 01-05Harold C Urey: US chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
  • 01-07Jose Ardevol: Composer, dies at 69
  • 01-08Matthew Beard: Entertainer
  • 01-08Woody Chamblis: Actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 01-09Kazimierz Serocki: Composer, dies at 58
  • 01-10Richard Boone: Actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), dies at 63
  • 01-12Isobel Elsom: Actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87
  • 01-13Emiel van Hemeldonck: Belgian writer (Mary, My Child), dies at 83
  • 01-15Emanuel Celler: (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), dies at 92
  • 01-16Bernard Lee: Actor (Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • 01-22Fannie Thomas: United States -- Dies at 113
  • 01-23Bobby Sherwood: Orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66
  • 01-23Samuel Barber: US Composer (School for Scandal), dies at 70
  • 01-25Adele Marie Astaire: Sister of Fred Astaire, dies at 82
  • 01-25Richard Talmadge: Actor (Speed Reporter)
  • 01-27Leo Collard: Belgian Minister of Education (1946 / 54-58), dies at 78
  • 01-29Cozy Cole: Rocker (Topsy Part II)
  • 02-01Ernst Pepping: Composer, dies at 79
  • 02-01Nils Geirr Tveitt: Composer, dies at 72
  • 02-01Wanda Hendrix: Actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse)
  • 02-02Jan Donner: Dutch Chairman of High Council, dies at 89
  • 02-02Louise Lorraine: Actress (Adventures of Tarzan)
  • 02-09Bill Haley: Vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • 02-12Jean Dixon: Actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once)
  • 02-15Mike Bloomfield: Rocker (Electric Flag), dies of drug overdose at 36
  • 02-15Thomas Beversdorf: Composer, dies at 56
  • 02-19Frank Merrik: Composer, dies at 94
  • 02-26FC Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes]: Lawyer / writer (Turkish War), dies at 79
  • 02-26Howard Hanson: US Composer / conductor (Nordic), dies at 84