On This Day

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
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver, born in Rochester Hills, Michigan
  • Peter Vanderkaay, US mid-distance swimmer, born in Royal Oak, Michigan

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
1984 Highlights

About February 12, 1984

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 37 years, 9 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius