On This Day

What Happened on February 29, 1980

Historical Events


Sports record brokenNHL Record

Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Gordie Howe scores in the 3rd period to become first NHL player to score 800 career goals as Hartford Whalers beat St. Louis Blues, 3-0 at Springfield Civic Center

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Conley, American musician
  • Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league centre (22 Tests; Auckland Warriors, Leeds Rhinos), born in Stratford, New Zealand
  • Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey left wing (Winter Olympics gold 2002; World Cup gold 2004; NHL All Star 2001, 07; Philadelphia Flyers), born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada
  • Taylor Twellman, American soccer forward (30 caps; New England Revolution), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Famous Deaths

  • Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
  • Yigal Allon, Israeli politician, dies at 61
  • Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
1980 Highlights

About February 29, 1980

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 5 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Pisces