On This Day

What Happened on February 21, 1980

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,500m in Olympic record 1:55.44; 4th of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • British figure skater Robin Cousins wins men's singles gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; goes on to pro career, TV analysis and stage performance & production
  • East German cross country skier Barbara Petzold wins her second gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the women's 4 x 5k relay team; also wins 10k gold
  • Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olympic gold, for the giant slalom
  • Liechtenstein becomes the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion as Hanni Wenzel wins the women's giant slalom at the Lake Placid Winter Games

Famous Birthdays

  • Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort St. John, Canada
  • Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Caroline, Canada
  • Justin Roiland, American actor, writer and director (Rick and Morty), born in Stockton, California
  • Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver, born in Chennai, India
  • Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer, born in Latina, Italy

Famous Deaths

  • Chester Lauck, American actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live), dies at 78