On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1980

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins ahead of Bobby Allison and Neil Bonnett
  • Sapporo downhill silver medallist Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria goes one better with gold at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • Swedish cross-country skier Thomas Wassberg earns first of 4 career Olympic gold medals in the 15k at Lake Placid; wins by 0.01s from Finland's Juha Mieto; closest margin of victory ever in Olympic cross-country skiing

Famous Birthdays

  • Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • Jason Ritter, American actor
  • Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
  • Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnast (Olympics 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57