What Happened in February 1989

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion
  • Feb 1 Diana, Princess of Wales visits NYC
  • Feb 1 The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • Feb 2 0°F (-18°C) or below in 15 US states

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Feb 2 F. W. de Klerk replaces P. W. Botha as South Africa's National Party leader

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Feb 3 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • Feb 3 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
  • Feb 3 Start 1st Test Cricket, NZ v Pak, washed out
  • Feb 4 Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • Feb 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
  • Feb 6 Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government
  • Feb 7 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton

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Feb 7 Tennis superstar Bjorn Borg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Feb 8 5 cm of snow falls in outskirts of Los Angeles
  • Feb 8 Jockey Chris Antley begins record of 64 consecutive winning days
  • Feb 8 US Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die
  • Feb 9 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Feb 9 Michael Manley's Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election

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Feb 10 Celtic KC Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • Feb 10 Miami Vice's 100th episode seen on TV
  • Feb 10 Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, St Louis
  • Feb 10 Ron Brown chosen 1st African American chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
  • Feb 10 Test Cricket debut of Aaqib Javed, Pak v NZ age 16 years 189 days
  • Feb 10 Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff
  • Feb 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 10 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court
  • Feb 10 39th Berlin International Film Festival: "Rain Main" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)
  • Feb 11 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 12 39th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-134 at Houston
  • Feb 12 5 Pakistani Muslim rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
  • Feb 12 50th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Larry Mowry
  • Feb 12 Barbara Harris becomes 1st female bishop of a US Episcopal church
  • Feb 12 Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
  • Feb 12 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
  • Feb 12 US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
  • Feb 12 Loyalist paramilitary group kill Pat Finucane, a Belfast lawyer who represented republican hunger striker Bobby Sands, while he is having dinner with family
  • Feb 13 Kidnapped Belgian Premier Vanden Boeynants freed
  • Feb 13 Salvadoran army attacks Encuentros hospital, rapes, kills patients
  • Feb 13 Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison
  • Feb 14 African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam

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Feb 14 Ayatollah Khomeini orders Muslims to murder "Satanic Verses" novelist Rushdie

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Feb 14 Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster
  • Feb 14 World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens
  • Feb 14 The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.
  • Feb 15 Israel attacks border strip Taba near Egypt
  • Feb 15 Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends
  • Feb 16 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan & North Yemen form common market
  • Feb 16 Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs $7.9M-3 year contract

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Feb 16 Roger Clemens, Red Sox pitcher signs $7.5M-3 year contract

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Feb 16 William Hayden becomes governor-general of Australia
  • Feb 17 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"

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Feb 17 Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Feb 17 Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
  • Feb 17 Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs record $7.9M-3 year contract
  • Feb 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 18 Sherri Turner wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open/Itoki Pro-Am
  • Feb 19 "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • Feb 19 Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize
  • Feb 19 31st Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip wins (148.466 MPH)
  • Feb 20 Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancelled an April reunion because of deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
  • Feb 20 An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 21 Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Feb 21 US bust Chinese ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1B st value)
  • Feb 21 US capture record 820 lbs of heroin ($1 B street value)[dup]
  • Feb 22 Finish ministry of Public health installs sex vacation to thwart stress
  • Feb 22 NY Lotto pays $26.9 million to one winner (#s are 1-5-12-19-44-50)

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Feb 22 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • Feb 22 US authors demonstrate against Iranian death threats against Salman Rushdee, author of "The Satanic Verses"
  • Feb 22 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman
  • Feb 22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)
  • Feb 24 150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found
  • Feb 24 Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley

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Feb 24 Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Feb 24 US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 24 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini offers a $1-3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses"
  • Feb 25 1st independent blue-collar labor union in Communist Hungary forms
  • Feb 25 Javed Miandad scores 271 v NZ at Eden Park
  • Feb 25 Lowest baramotric pressure in Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 25 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Boxer
Frank Bruno

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Feb 26 Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • Feb 26 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 634 performances
  • Feb 26 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am
  • Feb 26 Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
  • Feb 26 NY Yankees announce that Tom Seaver is their new TV sportscaster
  • Feb 26 California court throws out most of Margo Adams's $12 million breach-of- contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs
  • Feb 27 German war criminals Aus der Funten and Fischer freed in Holland
  • Feb 27 Venezuela is rocked by the riots of Caracazo.
  • Feb 28 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA
  • Feb 28 Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public
  • Feb 28 Red Schoendienst & Al Barlick elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Hurricane Chris, American rapper
  • Feb 3 Slobodan Rajković, Serbian footballer
  • Feb 3 Ryne Sanborn, American actor
  • Feb 5 Cristine Reyes, Filipino actress
  • Feb 5 Jeremy Sumpter, American actor
  • Feb 6 Craig Cathcart, Irish footballer
  • Feb 7 Louisa Lytton - British actress
  • Feb 8 Danielle Harmer, English actress
  • Feb 9 Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player
  • Feb 9 Gia Farrell, American singer
  • Feb 13 Rhys Palmer, Australian footballer
  • Feb 13 Rodrigo Possebon, Brazilian Footballer
  • Feb 13 Carly McKillip, Canadian actress
  • Feb 19 L A Baby orangutan, at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
  • Feb 20 Melanie Leishman, Canadian actress
  • Feb 21 Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer
  • Feb 21 Kristin Herrera, American actress
  • Feb 21 Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress
  • Feb 21 Josh Walker, English footballer
  • Feb 22 Alia Sabur, American college educator
  • Feb 23 Evan Bates, American ice dancer
  • Feb 24 Kosta Koufos, American-Greek basketball player
  • Feb 25 Tony Oller, American actor
  • Feb 27 Kelly Breeding, American singer from B5
  • Feb 28 Zhang Liyin, Chinese R&B singer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 9 NBA power forward Charles Barkley (26) weds legal aide Maureen Blumhardt in Elkton, Maryland

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 11 MLB pitcher Dave Righetti (30) weds Kandice Owen

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • Feb 17 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen
  • Feb 18 Baseball player Steve Garvey weds Candace Thomas while being accused of fathering children by two other women

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 20 Police violence victim Rodney King (23) weds Crystal Lynnette Waters

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 24 Film director Tim Burton (30) weds photographer Lena Gieseke

Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 14 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 16 actress Jane Fonda & activist Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  • Feb 2 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • Feb 3 John Cassavetes, American actor (Rosemary's Baby) and director, dies at 59
  • Feb 3 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • Feb 6 Barbara Tuchman, historian (Guns of August-Pulitzer), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Chris Gueffroy, East German attempted defector (b. 1968)
  • Feb 6 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 8 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
  • Feb 10 Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
  • Feb 11 George O'Hanlon, american actor and director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • Feb 12 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • Feb 12 Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies at 58
  • Feb 13 Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Feb 14 James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 17 Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
  • Feb 19 Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
  • Feb 21 Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 22 Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73
  • Feb 24 Sparky Adams, American baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Feb 26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • Feb 27 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • Feb 27 Joe Silver, actor (Rage, Rapid, Deathtrap, Shivers), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Konrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies at 85
  • Feb 27 Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Feb 28 Hermann Burger, writer, dies at 46