What Happened on February 23, 1980

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spillage

Famous Birthdays

  • Yvonne Tousek, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario

Famous Deaths

  • Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician, dies at 62