Historical Events in February 1980

  • Feb 1 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • Feb 1 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run
  • Feb 1 "Call Me" single released by Blondie (Billboard Song of the Year 1980)
  • Feb 2 FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 3 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Feb 3 Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
  • Feb 3 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Landover, Maryland
  • Feb 4 Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
  • Feb 4 Studio 54 holds its grand closing party on its last night in business
  • Feb 5 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit
  • Feb 5 Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel

MurderMurder of Interest

Feb 6 John Wayne Gacy goes on trial for the murder of 33 young men in Cook County, Illinois

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • Feb 10 Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 12 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Feb 12 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 13 Apollo Computer Inc incorporated
  • Feb 13 NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin
  • Feb 14 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • Feb 14 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 14 US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
  • Feb 15 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec
  • Feb 15 Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals
  • Feb 16 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • Feb 16 Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)
  • Feb 17 Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Feb 17 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins (177.602 MPH)
  • Feb 18 Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • Feb 18 Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • Feb 18 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 19 Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • Feb 19 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
  • Feb 21 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44
  • Feb 21 Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olympic gold, for the giant slalom
  • Feb 22 Afghanistan declares martial law

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period

Ice Hockey Player Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player
Mike Eruzione
  • Feb 23 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • Feb 23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 23 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spillage
  • Feb 24 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Feb 24 Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
  • Feb 24 USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
  • Feb 25 Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
  • Feb 26 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • Feb 26 Military coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • Feb 26 Richard Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 22nd Grammy Awards: "What a Fool Believes" best song, Billy Joel best album

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Feb 27 Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors
  • Feb 27 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • Feb 28 "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)
  • Feb 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Feb 29 Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England