What Happened on February 18, 1980

Historical Events

  • 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • East German cross country skier Barbara Petzold wins first of 2 gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics in women's 10k; also takes gold as part of 4 x 5k relay team
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • Soviet figure skater Irina Rodnina wins her 3rd consecutive Olympic pairs title at Lake Placid; gold medals with husband Alexander Zaitsev (1976, 80) and Alexei Ulanov (1972)

Famous Birthdays

  • Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player, born in Ust'-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
  • Regina Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter ("Begin To Hope"), born in Moscow, Russia

Famous Deaths

  • Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies of lung cancer at 58
1980 Highlights

About February 18, 1980

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 11 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Washington's Birthday (United States)

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