On This Day

What Happened on February 18, 1981

Day of the Week: Wednesday

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
  • Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
  • Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer
  • Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor

Famous Deaths

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