On This Day

What Happened on February 15, 1981

Historical Events

Daytona 500

23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins record 7th title at Daytona, beating Bobby Allison to the line by 3.5 seconds

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Richard Petty
  • Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, New York

Famous Birthdays

  • Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jenna Morasca, American actress, model, and reality TV contestant, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Matt Hoopes, American rock guitarist (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Olivia Longott, American hip-hop and R&B singer (G-Unit), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Jack Crapp, English cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies at 68
  • Karl Richter, German composer and conductor, dies at 54
  • Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • Thomas Beversdorf, American classical composer ("Of Walruses, Cheesecake, and Morse Code"), and educator (Indiana University, 1949-80) dies of asthma complications at 56
1981 Highlights

About February 15, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 8 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius