In one of the most celebrated moments in the history of American sports, the U.S. men’s ice hockey team defeated the highly-favored Soviet squad in a Winter Olympics medal-round game. Played at 5 p.m. Eastern time in Lake Placid, NY, the game was broadcast live in Canada but tape-delayed by ABC until primetime. In the closing seconds of the telecast, play-by-play man Al Michaels coined the game’s nickname when he asked the viewing audience, “Do you believe in miracles?!” -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Rachel Dratch, SNLer (47); Ellen Greene, swimmer (62); James Hong, character actor (84); Steve Irwin, crocodile hunter (d. 2006); Dichen Lachman, doll (31); Kyle MacLachlan, special agent (54); Don Pardo, announcer (95); Jeri Ryan, Borg (45); Rebecca Schull, ticket agent (84).