Today in History for February 1981

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 67 of 67

1st - Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC
1st - Dutch Antilles census is 231,932
1st - French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
1st - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-7
1st - Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
1st - Trevor Chappell bowls underarm to Brian McKechnie, WSC Final MCG
1st - 31st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-120 at Richfield, Ohio
3rd - Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
3rd - Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway
5th - "Piaf" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances
5th - Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane
5th - Milt jury in NC convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with enemy
6th - "Brady Brides" debuts on NBC TV
6th - Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon
6th - Suleiman Nyambui runs world record 5k indoor (13:20.4)
6th - Crime film "Fort Apache: The Bronx" starring Paul Newman released amid protests in the US
8th - "5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 12 perfs
Actor & Entrepreneur Paul NewmanActor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman 8th - "Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances
8th - Sally Little wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
8th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Elaine Zayak
8th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
10th - 33rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 4-1 at LA
10th - 8 killed & 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
10th - Dennis Lillee becomes Australian Cricket's top wicket-taker with 249
11th - Australia all out 83 v India at MCG chasing 143 to win
11th - Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
12th - Admiral Bobby R Inman, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA
12th - Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent
12th - Cape Verde amends its constitution
12th - Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Bldg, 10m
13th - Longest sentence published by NY Times-1286 words
13th - A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.
13th - 31st Berlin International Film Festival: "Hurry, Hurry!" wins the Golden Bear
14th - Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
15th - Joanne Carner wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
15th - Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, NY
15th - 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (169.651 MPH)
17th - Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison 19th - George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine"
20th - Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
20th - James Sanford equals 50m indoor world record (5.61 sec)
21st - "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
21st - Charles Rocket clearly says "fuck" on "Saturday Night Live"
21st - Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)
21st - NASA launches Comstar D-4
22nd - Amy Alcott wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic
23rd - People mag features drug ordeal of Mackenzie & Papa John Phillips
23rd - Spanish coup under lt-col Antonio Tejero Molina fails
24th - Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer
24th - Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower
24th - An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city.
Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy JoelPianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel 25th - 23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins
25th - Calgary Flames scored 11 goals against the Islanders
25th - Exec Board of Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29
25th - L Calvo Sotelo elected premier of Spain
25th - NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins)
25th - NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
25th - Rita Jenrette (wife of Abscam congressman) appears on Donahue
25th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
25th - Exec Board of Baseball Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
26th - 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released
26th - 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost
26th - French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
27th - Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney 27th - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory"
28th - Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws
28th - China PR throws out Neth ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 66 of 66

1st - Luis Lamá, Angolan footballer
1st - Graeme Smith, South African cricketer
1st - Rob Austin, British racing driver
2nd - Jason Kapono, American basketball player
3rd - Maurice Ross, Scottish footballer
3rd - Alisa Reyes, American actress and singer
4th - Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player
4th - Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist
4th - Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player
4th - Jason Kapono, America professional basketball player
5th - Loukas Vyntra, Greek football player
5th - Nora Zehetner, American actress
6th - Calum Best, American model
6th - Jens Lekman, Swedish musician
6th - Ty Warren, National Football League defensive lineman
8th - Tommy Michaels, actor (Timmy Hutton-All My Children), born in Staten Island, New York
8th - Myriam Montemayor Cruz, Mexican singer
9th - Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
9th - John Walker Lindh, American Taliban fighter
9th - James Owen Sullivan [The Rev], Huntington Beach California, drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) (d.2009)
10th - Holly Willoughby, British TV presenter
10th - Tholomew Plague, drummer (Avenged Sevenfold)
10th - Natasha St-Pier, Canadian singer
10th - Andrew Johnson, English footballer
11th - Kelly Rowland, American singer
11th - Scot Thompson, American soccer player
13th - Luisão, Brazilian footballer
13th - Liam Miller, Irish footballer
13th - Luke Ridnour, American basketball player
15th - Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer
15th - Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K)
15th - Olivia Longott, American singer
15th - Jenna Morasca, American model
16th - Jay Howard, British racing driver
16th - Jerry Owens, American baseball player
16th - Qyntel Woods, American basketball player
17th - Donielle Thompson, Wheatridge CO, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Oly-96)
17th - Lisa Skinner, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
Actress & Heiress Paris HiltonActress & Heiress Paris Hilton (17th) 17th - Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress
18th - Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
18th - Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer
18th - Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor
18th - Alex Rios, American baseball player
19th - Ronnie Arniell, Canadian professional wrestler
19th - Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)
19th - Gil Reyes, American boxer
19th - Nicky Shorey, English footballer
19th - Vitas, Russian singer
19th - Daniel Letterle, American Actor and Singer
20th - Tony Hibbert, English footballer
20th - Chris Thile, American musician
22nd - Fredson Camara, Brazilian footballer
23rd - Gareth Barry, English footballer
23rd - Charles Tillman, American football player
24th - Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player
24th - Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer
25th - Park Ji-Sung, South Korean footballer
25th - Misty Giles, American beauty queen and Survivor contestant
25th - Jamie Lynn, American model
25th - Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor
26th - Kertus Davis, American NASCAR driver
26th - Johnathan Wendel, American professional video gamer
Singer Josh GrobanSinger Josh Groban (27th) 27th - Josh Groban, American singer (You Raise Me Up), born in Los Angeles, California
27th - Elodie Ouédraogo, Belgian athlete
28th - Brian Bannister, American baseball player
28th - Florent Serra, French tennis player

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 26 of 26

1st - Donald W Douglas, US aviation pionieer/builder, dies at 88
1st - Ernst Pepping, composer, dies at 79
1st - Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer, dies at 72
1st - Wanda Hendrix, actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies
2nd - Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88
2nd - Jan Donner, Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
2nd - Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
5th - Barend Barendse, Dutch sportscaster, dies at 73
5th - Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
5th - Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
6th - Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
6th - Frederika of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece (b. 1917)
7th - Frederika of Hanover, Queen of Greece (b. 1917)
9th - Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
12th - Jean Dixon, actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once), dies
15th - Jack Crapp, cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies
15th - Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
15th - Thomas Beversdorf, composer, dies at 56
15th - Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
18th - John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1895)
19th - Frank Merrik, composer, dies at 94
26th - FC Terborgh, [Reijnier Flaes], lawyer/writer (Turkish War), dies at 79
Composer and Conductor Howard HansonComposer and Conductor Howard Hanson (26th) 26th - Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84
26th - Munabi, assistant to Uganda president Obote, murdered
26th - Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (b. 1914)
27th - Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (b. 1920)

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