On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday

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 mandolinist and radio host (Nickel Creek, "live From Here"), born in Oceanside, California
  • Tony Hibbert, English footballer