What Happened on February 9, 1984

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • "Rink" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • East German ski jumper Jens Weißflog wins first of 3 career Olympic gold medals in the Normal Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • East German speed skater Karin Enke wins the 1,500m in world record 2:03.42 at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,000m gold
  • Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 10k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; first of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 5k and 20k events

Famous Birthdays

  • Dioner Navarro, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Han Kyung, Korean singer Super Junior

Famous Deaths

  • Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras

Person of interestYuri Andropov

Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov