On This Day

What Happened on February 18, 1981

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

20-year-old Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky becomes first player in NHL history to score 5 career hat-tricks before age 21; scores 5 goals and 2 assists in 9-2 Oilers' home win against St. Louis

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Famous Birthdays

  • Alex Rios, American baseball player, born in Coffee County, Alabama
  • Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player, born in Izhevsk, Russia
  • Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer, born in Castlederg, United Kingdom
  • Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor, born in Seoul, South Korea

Famous Deaths

  • John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft designer (Northrop Air), dies at 85
1981 Highlights

About February 18, 1981

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 9 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius