On This Day

What Happened on April 2, 1980

Historical Events


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In his first full season in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky scores for Edmonton in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota North Stars to become the youngest player to reach 50 goals at 19 years and 2 months of age

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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Montreal right wing Guy Lafleur scores twice to become the first player in NHL history to record 6 straight 50-goal seasons, as the Canadiens beat the Red Wings, 7-2 at Detroit

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur

Famous Birthdays

  • Adam Fleming, English news reporter (Daily Politics), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Carlos Salcido, Mexican soccer defender (124 caps; Olympic gold 2012; PSV, Guadalajara), born in Ocotl├ín, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2004)

Famous Deaths

  • Dick Howorth, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire), dies at 70
1980 Highlights

About April 2, 1980

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 7 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aries