What Happened in February 1980

Historical Events

  • 1st Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 1st Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run
  • 2nd FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors

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3rd Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 3rd Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
  • 3rd 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Landover, Maryland
  • 4th Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
  • 4th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
  • 4th Studio 54 holds its grand closing party on its last night in business
  • 5th 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit
  • 5th Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel

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9th Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • 10th Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • 10th Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • 12th "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 12th NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

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12th Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 13th Apollo Computer Inc incorporated
  • 13th NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin
  • 14th "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • 14th 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
  • 14th US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
  • 15th Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec
  • 15th Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals
  • 16th Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • 16th Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)
  • 17th Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • 17th 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins (177.602 MPH)
  • 18th Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • 18th Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • 18th 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 19th Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • 19th Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
  • 21st Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44
  • 21st Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom)
  • 22nd Afghanistan declares martial law

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22nd USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period

Ice Hockey Player Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player
Mike Eruzione
  • 23rd 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY
  • 23rd Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • 23rd France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 23rd Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spill
  • 24th "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 24th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • 24th Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
  • 24th USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
  • 25th Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
  • 26th Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • 26th Milt coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • 26th R Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft
  • 27th 22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet
  • 27th Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors

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27th Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • 27th Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • 28th "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)
  • 28th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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29th Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 29th Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Courtney Hamilton, Miss Arizona Teen USA (1996)
  • 1st Moisés Muñoz, Mexican footballer
  • 1st Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1st Héctor Luna, Dominican Republic baseball player
  • 2nd Teddy Hart, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 2nd Gucci Mane, African-American rapper
  • 2nd Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
  • 3rd Sarah Lewitinn, American writer
  • 4th Kelly Marie Sodan, Miss Kentucky Teen USA (1996)
  • 5th Jo Swinson, British politician
  • 5th Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer
  • 5th Prince Peter, American-born Yugoslav royalty
  • 6th Mamiko Noto, Japanese seiyu
  • 6th Kim Poirier, Canadian actress
  • 6th Luke Ravenstahl, American politician
  • 8th Ralf Little, English actor/comedian
  • 8th Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)
  • 8th Stephen Wright, English footballer
  • 9th Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
  • 9th Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
  • 10th César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 10th Mike Ribeiro, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 10th Steve Tully, English footballer
  • 11th Matthew Lawrence, Montgomery Pa, actor (Matthew-Gimme a Break)
  • 11th Natasha Bobo, Watsonville California, actress (Sally-Together We Stand)
  • 11th Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer
  • 11th Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
  • 11th Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player
  • 12th Christina Ricci, actress (Wednesday-Addams Family, Mermaids, Casper)
  • 12th Sarah Lancaster, KC KS, actress (Rachel-Saved By Bell: New Class)
  • 12th Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player
  • 13th Kristy Powell, Fla, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 13th Sebastian Kehl, German footballer
  • 14th Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer
  • 14th Michelle Ye, Hong Kong actress
  • 14th Josh Senter, American screenwriter
  • 15th Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
  • 16th Agim Kaba, American actor and film producer
  • 16th Ashley Lelie, American football player
  • 17th Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnist (Olympics-96)
  • 17th Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
  • 17th Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • 17th Jason Ritter, American actor
  • 18th Alison Rachel Fitch, Hamilton NZ, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 18th Regina Spektor, Russian-born singer and songwriter
  • 18th Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
  • 19th Neleh Dennis, American Survivor contestant
  • 19th Mike Miller, American basketball player
  • 20th Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
  • 20th Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
  • 21st Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver
  • 21st Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 21st Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 21st Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer
  • 23rd Yvonne Tousek, Kitchener Ontario, gymnistic (Olympics-96)
  • 24th Anton Gustafsson, Swedish rock music fan (d. 2003)
  • 24th Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 24th Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
  • 25th Antonio Burks, American basketball player
  • 25th Christy Knowings, American actress
  • 26th Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
  • 26th Gary Majewski, Major League Baseball player
  • 27th Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton and Hillary Clinton
  • 27th Bobby Valentino, American singer
  • 28th Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer
  • 28th Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
  • 28th Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Quebec boxer
  • 28th Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
  • 29th Ruben Plaza, Spanish cyclist
  • 29th Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 29th Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
  • 29th Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 29th Chris Conley, American musician

Famous Weddings

  • 20th Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Jack Bailey, TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • 1st Romolo Valli, actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • 1st Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • 2nd William H Stein, US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • 7th Ernst Kunz, composer, dies at 88
  • 7th Katherine Emery, actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
  • 7th Secondo Campini, Italian jet pioneer (b. 1904)
  • 8th Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • 9th Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • 9th Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • 12th Floyd Taliaferro Alderson, actor (Crossing Trails), dies
  • 12th Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • 13th David Janssen, [Meyer], actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • 14th Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • 16th Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)
  • 17th Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • 17th Jerry Fielding, composer (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • 18th Gale Robbins, actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies at 58
  • 19th Bon Scott, Aust rock vocalist (AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 20th Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
  • 21st Chester H Lauck, actor (2 Weeks to Live, Goin' to Town), dies at 78
  • 22nd Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
  • 22nd Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter/graphic artist, dies at 93
  • 22nd Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), murdered in his New York apartment at 46
  • 23rd Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician, dies at 62
  • 27th George Tobias, actor (Abner Kravitz-Bewitched), dies at 78
  • 28th Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
  • 29th Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
  • 29th Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)