What Happened in February 1980

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • Feb 1 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run
  • 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 2 Mexican boxer Salvador Sánchez dethrones Danny “Little Red” Lopez as WBC world featherweight champion with a 13th-round TKO in Phoenix, AZ; Lopez champion since November 1976, 8th defence

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Feb 3 Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
  • Feb 3 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Landover, Maryland
  • 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 32nd NHL All-Star Game, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-3; MVP: Reggie Leach, Philadelphia Flyers, RW
  • Feb 5 Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel

MurderMurder of Interest

Feb 6 John Wayne Gacy goes on trial for the murder of 33 young men in Cook County, Illinois

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 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
  • Feb 10 Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 12 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances

  • Feb 12 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 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
  • Feb 23 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • Feb 23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 23 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spillage
  • Feb 24 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Feb 24 Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
  • Feb 24 USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
  • Feb 24 XIII Winter Olympic Games close in Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 25 Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
  • Feb 25 British political comedy "Yes Minister" written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds premieres on BBC Two
  • Feb 26 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • Feb 26 Military coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • Feb 26 Richard Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 22nd Grammy Awards: "What a Fool Believes" best song, Billy Joel best album

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Feb 27 Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Moisés Muñoz, Mexican footballer
  • Feb 1 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 1 Héctor Luna, Dominican Republic baseball player
  • Feb 2 Teddy Hart [Edward Annis], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Feb 2 Gucci Mane, African-American rapper
  • Feb 2 Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
  • 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 Kim Poirier, Canadian actress
  • Feb 6 Luke Ravenstahl, American politician
  • Feb 8 Ralf Little, English actor/comedian
  • Feb 8 Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)
  • Feb 8 Stephen Wright, English footballer
  • Feb 9 Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
  • Feb 10 César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Feb 10 Mike Ribeiro, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Feb 10 Steve Tully, English footballer, born in Paignton, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Matthew Lawrence, US actor (Matthew-Gimme a Break), born in Albington Township, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Natasha Bobo, US actress (Sally in Together We Stand), born in Watsonville, California
  • Feb 11 Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Feb 11 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer, born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland (d. 2004)
  • Feb 11 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 12 Christina Ricci, US actress (Wednesday-Addams Family, Casper), born in Santa Monica. California
  • Feb 12 Sarah Lancaster, US actress (Rachel-Saved By Bell: New Class), born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Feb 12 Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player, born in Ontinyent, Spain
  • Feb 13 Kristy Powell, US gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Stuart, Florida
  • Feb 13 Sebastian Kehl, German footballer, born in Fulda, Germany
  • Feb 14 Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer
  • Feb 14 Michelle Ye, Hong Kong actress
  • Feb 14 Josh Senter, American screenwriter
  • Feb 15 Conor Oberst, US singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 16 Agim Kaba, American actor and film producer
  • Feb 16 Ashley Lelie, American football player
  • Feb 17 Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 17 Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
  • Feb 17 Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • Feb 17 Jason Ritter, American actor
  • Feb 18 Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Feb 18 Regina Spektor, Russian-born singer and songwriter
  • Feb 18 Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
  • Feb 19 Neleh Dennis, American Survivor contestant
  • Feb 19 Mike Miller, American basketball player
  • Feb 20 Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
  • Feb 20 Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
  • Feb 21 Justin Roiland, American actor, writer and director (Rick and Morty), born in Stockton, California
  • Feb 21 Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver
  • Feb 21 Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 21 Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 21 Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer
  • Feb 23 Yvonne Tousek, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Feb 24 Anton Gustafsson, Swedish rock music fan (d. 2003)
  • Feb 24 Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Feb 24 Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
  • Feb 25 Antonio Burks, American basketball player
  • Feb 25 Christy Knowings, American actress
  • Feb 26 Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
  • Feb 26 Gary Majewski, Major League Baseball player
  • Feb 27 Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton and Hillary Clinton
  • Feb 27 Bobby Valentino, American singer
  • Feb 28 Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer
  • Feb 28 Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
  • Feb 28 Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Quebec boxer
  • Feb 28 Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
  • Feb 29 Ruben Plaza, Spanish cyclist
  • Feb 29 Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 29 Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
  • Feb 29 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • Feb 29 Chris Conley, American musician

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 8 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after 9 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Jack Bailey, TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Romolo Valli, actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • Feb 1 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 2 William H. Stein, American biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
  • Feb 7 Secondo Campini, Italian jet engine pioneer, dies at 75
  • Feb 8 Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 9 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • Feb 9 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 12 Floyd Taliaferro Alderson, actor (Crossing Trails), dies
  • Feb 12 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • Feb 13 David Janssen, American actor (The Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • Feb 14 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • Feb 16 Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)
  • Feb 17 Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Jerry Fielding, [Joshua Feldman] American composer (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • Feb 18 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Feb 19 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
  • Feb 20 Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
  • Feb 21 Chester Lauck, American actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live), dies at 78
  • Feb 22 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
  • Feb 22 Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter and graphic artist, dies at 93
  • Feb 22 Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), murdered in his New York apartment at 46
  • Feb 23 Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician, dies at 62
  • Feb 27 George Tobias, American actor (Bewitched), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
  • Feb 29 Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
  • Feb 29 Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 29 Yigal Allon, Israeli politician, dies at 61