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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Diego Martínez, Mexican soccer left back (12 caps; Club Necaxa, CD Guadalajara), 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
Born in 1981

Famous Deaths

  • 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

About February 15, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 1 month and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: 9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
  • UK #1 Song: Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce Music Theatre