On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1981

Historical Events

  • Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
  • James Sanford equals 50m indoor world record (5.61 sec)
  • Quebec's Czech rookie brothers Peter and Anton Stastny each score first career NHL hat-tricks in Nordiques' 9-3 win at Vancouver; Peter adds 3 assists and Anton 2

Famous Birthdays

  • Adri├ín Lamo, American threat analyst and hacker (NYT, Yahoo!, Microsoft) who reported Chelsea Manning to the FBI, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Chris Thile, American folk and progressive bluegrass mandolin player, songwriter (Nickel Creek; Punch Brothers), and broadcaster (Live From Here), born in Oceanside, California
  • Tony Hibbert, English footballer
1981 Highlights

About February 20, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 9 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Pisces