On This Day

What Happened on February 19, 1980

Historical Events

OlympicsOlympic Gold

American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,000m in Olympic record 1:15.18; third of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid

Speed Skater Eric Heiden
Speed Skater
Eric Heiden
  • Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • Swedish alpine skier Ingemar Stenmark wins the giant slalom from Andreas Wenzel of Liechtenstein at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; also takes slalom gold
  • Ulrich Wehling of East Germany wins his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the Nordic combined event at Lake Placid; winner Sapporo (1972), Innsbruck (1976)
  • Washington beats Montreal, 3-1 to end the Canadiens' 34 game unbeaten streak against Capitals; Caps 0-32-2 against Montreal since entering NHL in 1974

Famous Birthdays

  • Mike Miller, American basketball player
  • Neleh Dennis, American Survivor contestant

Famous Deaths

  • Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
1980 Highlights

About February 19, 1980

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 5 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Pisces