Today in History for February 1980

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 55 of 55

1st - Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
1st - Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run
2nd - FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors
3rd - 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Washington
3rd - Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
3rd - Mohammed Ali tours Africa as Pres Carter's envoy
4th - Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
4th - Joanne Carner wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
5th - 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit
5th - Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel
9th - Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game
NBA Small Forward Rick BarryNBA Small Forward Rick Barry 10th - Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly," premieres in NYC
10th - Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
12th - "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
12th - NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets
12th - Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117
13th - Apollo Computer Inc incorporated
13th - NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin
14th - "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
14th - 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
14th - US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
15th - Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec
15th - Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals
16th - Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
16th - Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)
17th - Buddy Baker wins Daytona 500 (177.6 MPH/285.8 kph)
17th - Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
18th - Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
18th - Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canada's elections
19th - Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
19th - Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
21st - Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44
21st - Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom)
22nd - Afghanistan declares martial law
Ice Hockey Player Mike EruzioneIce Hockey Player Mike Eruzione 22nd - USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period
23rd - 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY
23rd - Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
23rd - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
23rd - Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spill
24th - "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
24th - Joanne Carner Ladies wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
24th - Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
24th - USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
25th - Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
26th - Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
26th - Milt coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
26th - R Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft
27th - 22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet
27th - Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors
Zimbabwean President Robert MugabeZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe 27th - Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe
27th - Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
28th - "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)
28th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
29th - Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals
29th - Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 73 of 73

1st - Courtney Hamilton, Miss Arizona Teen USA (1996)
1st - Moisés Muñoz, Mexican footballer
1st - Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2005)
1st - Héctor Luna, Dominican Republic baseball player
2nd - Teddy Hart, Canadian professional wrestler
2nd - Gucci Mane, African-American rapper
2nd - Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
3rd - Sarah Lewitinn, American writer
4th - Kelly Marie Sodan, Miss Kentucky Teen USA (1996)
5th - Jo Swinson, British politician
5th - Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer
5th - Prince Peter, American-born Yugoslav royalty
6th - Mamiko Noto, Japanese seiyu
6th - Kim Poirier, Canadian actress
6th - Luke Ravenstahl, American politician
8th - Ralf Little, English actor/comedian
8th - Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)
8th - Stephen Wright, English footballer
9th - Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
9th - Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
10th - César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player
10th - Mike Ribeiro, Canadian ice hockey player
10th - Steve Tully, English footballer
11th - Matthew Lawrence, Montgomery Pa, actor (Matthew-Gimme a Break)
11th - Natasha Bobo, Watsonville California, actress (Sally-Together We Stand)
11th - Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer
11th - Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
11th - Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player
12th - Christina Ricci, actress (Wednesday-Addams Family, Mermaids, Casper)
12th - Sarah Lancaster, KC KS, actress (Rachel-Saved By Bell: New Class)
12th - Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player
13th - Kristy Powell, Fla, gymnast (Olympics-96)
13th - Sebastian Kehl, German footballer
14th - Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer
14th - Michelle Ye, Hong Kong actress
14th - Josh Senter, American screenwriter
15th - Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
16th - Agim Kaba, American actor and film producer
16th - Ashley Lelie, American football player
17th - Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnist (Olympics-96)
17th - Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
17th - Al Harrington, American basketball player
17th - Jason Ritter, American actor
18th - Alison Rachel Fitch, Hamilton NZ, swimmer (Olympics-96)
18th - Regina Spektor, Russian-born singer and songwriter
18th - Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
19th - Neleh Dennis, American Survivor contestant
19th - Mike Miller, American basketball player
20th - Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
20th - Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
21st - Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver
21st - Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
21st - Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player
21st - Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer
23rd - Yvonne Tousek, Kitchener Ontario, gymnistic (Olympics-96)
24th - Anton Gustafsson, Swedish rock music fan (d. 2003)
24th - Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese professional wrestler
24th - Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
25th - Antonio Burks, American basketball player
25th - Christy Knowings, American actress
26th - Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
26th - Gary Majewski, Major League Baseball player
27th - Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton and Hillary Clinton
27th - Bobby Valentino, American singer
28th - Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer
28th - Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
28th - Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Quebec boxer
28th - Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
29th - Ruben Plaza, Spanish cyclist
29th - Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey player
29th - Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
29th - Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
29th - Chris Conley, American musician

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

20th - Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 29 of 29

1st - Jack Bailey, TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
1st - Romolo Valli, actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
1st - Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
2nd - William H Stein, US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
7th - Ernst Kunz, composer, dies at 88
7th - Katherine Emery, actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
7th - Secondo Campini, Italian jet pioneer (b. 1904)
8th - Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
9th - Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
9th - Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
12th - Floyd Taliaferro Alderson, actor (Crossing Trails), dies
12th - Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
13th - David Janssen, [Meyer], actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
14th - Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
16th - Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)
17th - Graham Sutherland, painter, dies
17th - Jerry Fielding, composer (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
18th - Gale Robbins, actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies at 58
19th - Bon Scott, Aust rock vocalist (AC/DC-Whole Lotta Rosie), dies at 33
20th - Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
21st - Chester H Lauck, actor (2 Weeks to Live, Goin' to Town), dies at 78
22nd - Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
22nd - Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter/graphic artist, dies at 93
22nd - Richard Kallman, actor (Verboten, Hell Canyon Outlaws), dies at 46
23rd - Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician, dies at 62
27th - George Tobias, actor (Abner Kravitz-Bewitched), dies at 78
28th - Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
29th - Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
29th - Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)

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