What Happened on February 12, 1984

Historical Events

  • 12 years after winning the doubles in Sapporo (1972), Italian Paul Hildgarten wins the men's luge singles at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics

Daytona 500

Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH

  • East German luger Steffi Martin wins the first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins in Calgary (1988)
  • Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 5k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 10k and 20k events
  • West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
1984 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Brad Keselowski, American auto racer (NASCAR Xfinity Series 2010; NASCAR Cup Series 2012), born in Rochester Hills, Michigan
  • Peter Vanderkaay, US mid-distance swimmer, born in Royal Oak, Michigan
Born in 1984

Famous Deaths

  • Anna Anderson [possibly born Franziska Schanzkowska], best-known of several imposters claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, dies still maintaining her fraudulent claim at 87
  • Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), dies at 69

About February 12, 1984

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 3 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
  • UK #1 Song: Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood