What Happened on February 17, 1980

Historical Events

Daytona 500

22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins ahead of Bobby Allison and Neil Bonnett

  • Derrynaflan Hoard of five priceless 8th/9th century liturgical vessels discovered with metal detectors on Derrynaflan Island, County Tipperary - one of Ireland's most exciting archaeological finds [1]
  • 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
1980 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • Jason Ritter, American actor and producer (Joan of Arcadia, Gravity Falls, Raising Dion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Klemi Saban, Israeli soccer defender (25 caps; Maccabi Netanya), born in Netanya, Israel
  • Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
Born in 1980

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

About February 17, 1980

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 7 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aquarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
  • UK #1 Song: Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers