What Happened in February 1989

Historical Events

  • 1st Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion
  • 1st Diana, Princess of Wales visits NYC
  • 1st The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • 2nd 0°F (-18°C) or below in 15 US states
  • 2nd FW de Klerk replaces Botha as South Africa's National Party leader
  • 3rd Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • 3rd Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
  • 3rd Start 1st Test Cricket, NZ v Pak, washed out
  • 4th Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • 5th Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
  • 6th Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government
  • 7th 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

9th 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

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

20th 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

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

Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

14th 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

16th Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

Famous Deaths

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