On This Day

What Happened on February 13, 1976

Historical Events

OlympicsOlympic Gold

American Dorothy Hamill wins the free skate to clinch the women's figure-skating gold medal at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics

Figure Skater Dorothy Hamill
Figure Skater
Dorothy Hamill
  • Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo becomes military ruler of Nigeria
  • Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours

Famous Birthdays

  • Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator), born in Canada
  • Feist [Leslie Feist], Canadian singer & songwriter, born in Amherst, Canada
  • Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist, born in Montevideo, Uruguay

Famous Deaths

  • Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies of pancreatic cancer at 77
  • Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, is assassinated at 37
1976 Highlights

About February 13, 1976

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 45 years and 8 months
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aquarius