On This Day

February 1980 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors
  • Feb 3 Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
  • 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 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
  • Feb 10 Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 Apollo Computer Inc incorporated
  • Feb 14 US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
  • Feb 16 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • Feb 18 Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • Feb 22 Afghanistan declares martial law
  • Feb 23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 23 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spillage
  • 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 27 Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors
  • Feb 27 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • Feb 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 29 Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Sarah Lewitinn, American writer
  • Feb 5 Jo Swinson, British politician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Feb 5 Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer (LiveJournal), born in Iowa, United States
  • Feb 5 Prince Peter, American-born Yugoslav royalty, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 6 Luke Ravenstahl, American politician, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 19 Neleh Dennis, American Survivor contestant
  • Feb 27 Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton and Hillary Clinton

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 William H. Stein, American biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Secondo Campini, Italian jet engine pioneer, dies at 75
  • Feb 9 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • Feb 9 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and writer (The White Lanes of Summer), dies at 79
  • Feb 12 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (The Book of the Dead), dies at 66
  • Feb 16 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, dies at 83
  • Feb 17 Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • Feb 20 Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
  • Feb 22 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
  • Feb 22 Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter and graphic artist, dies at 93
  • Feb 23 Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician, dies at 62
  • Feb 23 Enrico Celio, Swiss lawyer and President of Switzerland (1943), dies at 90
  • Feb 29 Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
  • Feb 29 Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 29 Yigal Allon, Israeli politician, dies at 61