On This Day

Events in History in February 1980

  • 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

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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