What Happened in February 1990

Historical Events

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Feb 2 South Africa's Pres FW de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

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Feb 3 Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Feb 3 Jockey Billy Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
  • Feb 3 14th Commonwealth Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 4 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
  • Feb 4 Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81)
  • Feb 4 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04)
  • Feb 4 Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69)
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-21
  • Feb 4 Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic

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Feb 4 Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 4 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship
  • Feb 5 Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC)

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Feb 6 Brett Hull becomes 1st son of NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Feb 6 Ground breaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium
  • Feb 6 Steve Briers of Wales recited the entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes & 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • Feb 7 Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
  • Feb 7 USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • Feb 7 Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores 101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half & loses 102-24
  • Feb 8 David Hares "Racing Demon" premieres in London
  • Feb 8 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • Feb 9 "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • Feb 9 Doina Melinte runs world indoor record 1.5k (4:00:27) & mile (4:17:13)
  • Feb 9 Galileo flies by Venus
  • Feb 9 Namibia's constitution ratified
  • Feb 9 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 10 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)
  • Feb 10 Pierrer Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water
  • Feb 10 South African President de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be freed on Feb 11th
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 11 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 11 James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight boxing crown

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Feb 11 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • Feb 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Feb 13 50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa

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Feb 13 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Feb 13 US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify
  • Feb 14 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London
  • Feb 14 Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some
  • Feb 14 Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system
  • Feb 15 Baseball owners lock out players
  • Feb 18 Jane Crafter wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
  • Feb 18 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins (165.761 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-9 lands
  • Feb 21 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins
  • Feb 22 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps
  • Feb 23 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
  • Feb 24 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 25 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 25 Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
  • Feb 25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • Feb 26 USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • Feb 26 The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
  • Feb 27 Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
  • Feb 27 No-one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years

CommunicationBlack Tot Day

Feb 27 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy

  • Feb 28 Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine
  • Feb 28 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Laura Marling, British singer-songwriter
  • Feb 3 Cody Newton Gifford, son of Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford
  • Feb 3 Sean Kingston, American reggae rapper
  • Feb 4 Haruka Tomatsu, Japanese Seiyū
  • Feb 7 Steven Stamkos, Canadian ice hockey player

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Feb 8 Bethany Hamilton, Pro-surfer (Soul Surfer), born in Lihue Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton
  • Feb 9 Camille Winbush, American actress
  • Feb 11 Princess Ayah of Jordan
  • Feb 11 Q'orianka Kilcher, actress and activist (The New World)
  • Feb 13 Olivia Allison, British synchronized swimmer
  • Feb 15 Erwin Sak, Polish footballer

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 2 Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Engl princess Alexandra) weds Paul Mowatt

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 5 Actor Rowan Atkinson (35) weds Sunetra Sastry in New York

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Joel Fluellen, actor (Man Friday, Burning Cross), dies at 79
  • Feb 2 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
  • Feb 4 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1917)
  • Feb 6 Jane Novak, silent screen actress (Ghost Town), dies of stroke at 94
  • Feb 6 John Merivale, actor (Caltiki), dies
  • Feb 7 Dom Heider Camara, nonviolent/human rights Bishop of Brazil, dies
  • Feb 7 Jimmy Van Heusen, composer (Call Me Irresponsible), dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Nathan Wartels, publisher (Crown), dies at 88 of pneumonia
  • Feb 7 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
  • Feb 8 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • Feb 13 Ken Lynch, actor (Paratroop Command, Legend of Tom Dooley), dies at 79
  • Feb 14 Graeme Hole, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 789 runs), dies
  • Feb 14 Jean Wallace, [Walasek], actress (Big Combo), dies of hemorrhage at 66
  • Feb 14 Tony Holiday, German singer
  • Feb 15 Henry Brandon, actor (Assault on Precinct 13), dies at 77
  • Feb 15 Jack Fletcher, actor (Any Wednesday), dies of heart attack at 68

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Feb 16 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of AIDS at 31

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • Feb 17 Erik Rhodes, actor (Top Hat), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • Feb 17 Frans Kellendonk, Dutch writer (Good for Nothing), dies at 39
  • Feb 17 Marc Clement, actor (Career Opportunities, Sluggers Wife), dies
  • Feb 17 Hap Day, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (b. 1901)
  • Feb 18 Hulk, fictional character in "Death of Incredible Hulk" on NBC, dies
  • Feb 19 Michael Powell, Engl director (Life & Death of Col Blimp), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Stephen Burns, actor (Casey's Shadow), dies
  • Feb 23 Annelien Kappeyne van de Coppello, Dutch MP (Liberal), dies at 53
  • Feb 23 James Gavin, commandant US 82nd Airborn Div (Normandy), dies at 82
  • Feb 23 Jose Napoleon Duarte, president of Salvador (1984-89), dies at 62
  • Feb 24 Johnnie Ray, singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61

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Feb 24 Malcolm Forbes, CEO (Forbes Publishing), dies of a heart attack at 70

Publisher Malcolm Forbes
Malcolm Forbes
  • Feb 24 Sandro Pertini, president of Italy (1978, 85), dies at 93
  • Feb 24 Tony Conigliaro, baseball player (Red Sox), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Feb 25 Deborra Hampton, actress (Crossroads, 2 of a Kind), dies at 30
  • Feb 26 Cornell Gunther, US musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • Feb 26 Leslie Ames, cricketer (47 Tests, 2434 runs 8 centuries), dies
  • Feb 26 Maurine Stuart, Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
  • Feb 26 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectationa), dies
  • Feb 27 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
  • Feb 28 Colin Milburn, cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies
  • Feb 28 Fabia Drake, actress (Nice Girl Like Me), dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies