On This Day

April 2, 1980 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in Sport


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In his first full season in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky scores for Edmonton in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota North Stars to become the youngest player to reach 50 goals at 19 years and 2 months of age

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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Montreal right wing Guy Lafleur scores twice to become the first player in NHL history to record 6 straight 50-goal seasons, as the Canadiens beat the Red Wings, 7-2 at Detroit

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur

Birthdays in Sport

  • Carlos Salcido, Mexican soccer defender (124 caps; Olympic gold 2012; PSV, Guadalajara), born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2004)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dick Howorth, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire), dies at 70