February 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 "Call Me" single released by Blondie (Billboard Song of the Year 1980)
  • Feb 2 FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors
  • Feb 3 Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
  • Feb 4 Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
  • Feb 4 Studio 54 holds its grand closing party on its last night in business
  • Feb 5 Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel
  • Feb 10 Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 Apollo Computer Inc incorporated
  • Feb 14 US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
  • Feb 16 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • Feb 17 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins (177.602 MPH)
  • Feb 18 Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • Feb 18 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 21 Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom)
  • Feb 22 Afghanistan declares martial law
  • Feb 23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 23 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spill
  • Feb 25 Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
  • Feb 26 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • Feb 26 Milt coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • Feb 27 Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Feb 27 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • Feb 28 "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)
  • Feb 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 29 Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Sarah Lewitinn, American writer
  • Feb 5 Jo Swinson, British politician
  • Feb 5 Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer
  • Feb 5 Prince Peter, American-born Yugoslav royalty
  • Feb 6 Mamiko Noto, Japanese seiyu
  • Feb 6 Luke Ravenstahl, American politician
  • Feb 19 Neleh Dennis, American Survivor contestant
  • Feb 27 Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton and Hillary Clinton

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 William H Stein, US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Secondo Campini, Italian jet engine pioneer, dies at 75
  • Feb 9 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • Feb 9 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 12 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • Feb 16 Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)
  • Feb 17 Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • Feb 20 Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
  • Feb 22 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
  • Feb 22 Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter/graphic artist, dies at 93
  • Feb 23 Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician, dies at 62
  • Feb 29 Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
  • Feb 29 Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)