On This Day

What Happened on February 15, 1980

Historical Events

OlympicsOlympic Gold

American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 500m in Olympic record 38.03s; first of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid

Speed Skater Eric Heiden
Speed Skater
Eric Heiden
  • 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

  • Benedict Sheehan, American composer, and choral director (Saint Tikhon Choir), born in Franconia, New Hampshire
  • Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
1980 Highlights

About February 15, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 8 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Aquarius