On This Day

What Happened on February 15, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 500m in Olympic record 38.03s; first of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • East German speed skater Karin Enke wins first of 3 career Olympic gold medals with victory in the 500m at Lake Placid Winter; wins 1,000m & 1,500m in Sarajevo (1984)
  • Soviet cross-country skier Raisa Smetanina claims her 3rd of 4 career Olympic gold medals in the 5k event at Lake Placid; also wins 10k and relay gold (Innsbruck 1976) and relay (Albertville 1992)
  • Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals

Famous Birthdays

  • Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes), born in Omaha, Nebraska