On This Day

What Happened on February 22, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


OlympicsOlympic Gold

"Miracle on Ice": US ice hockey team beats heavily favoured Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; Americans go on to win gold medal

Ice Hockey Player Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player
Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • Afghanistan declares martial law
  • Aleksandr Tikhonov of the Soviet Union earns his 4th straight gold medal as part of the 4 x 7.5k biathlon relay team at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • Soviet biathlete Anatoly Alyabyev wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the 4 x 7.5k relay team; also wins individual gold
  • Swedish World Cup and World champion Ingemar Stenmark wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, taking out the slalom; follows-on from giant slalom success

Famous Deaths

  • Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
  • Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), murdered in his New York apartment at 46
  • Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter and graphic artist, dies at 93