On This Day

What Happened on February 16, 1980

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 5,000m in Olympic record 7:02.29; second of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France

Famous Birthdays

  • Agim Kaba, American actor and film producer
  • Ashley Lelie, American football player

Famous Deaths

  • Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, dies at 83