On This Day

What Happened on February 15, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 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 footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jenna Morasca, American actress, model, and reality TV contestant, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Olivia Longott, American singer, 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, composer, dies at 56