What Happened on February 21, 1980

Historical Events

Olympic Gold

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
  • 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
1980 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort St. John, Canada
  • Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Druk Gyalpo [Dragon king] of the Kingdom of Bhutan (2006-), born in Katmandu, Bhutan
  • 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 pop and R&B singer-songwriter ("Perdono"), and record producer, born in Latina, Italy
Born in 1980

Famous Deaths

  • Chester Lauck, American actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live), dies at 78
  • Janet Vogel, American doo-wop soprano (Skyliners - “Since I Don’t Have You”), takes her own life at 37

About February 21, 1980

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 7 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

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