What Happened in February 1990

Historical Events

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2nd 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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3rd Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

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

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

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

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

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 6th Ground breaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium
  • 6th Steve Briers of Wales recited the entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes & 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • 7th Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
  • 7th USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • 7th 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
  • 8th David Hares "Racing Demon" premieres in London
  • 8th "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • 9th "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • 9th Doina Melinte runs world indoor record 1.5k (4:00:27) & mile (4:17:13)
  • 9th Galileo flies by Venus
  • 9th Namibia's constitution ratified
  • 9th 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 10th 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)
  • 10th Pierrer Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water
  • 10th South African President de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be freed on Feb 11th
  • 10th US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • 11th 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 13th US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify
  • 14th Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London
  • 14th Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some
  • 14th Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system
  • 15th Baseball owners lock out players
  • 18th Jane Crafter wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
  • 18th 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins (165.761 MPH)
  • 19th Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
  • 19th Soyuz TM-9 lands
  • 21st 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins
  • 22nd 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps
  • 23rd Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
  • 24th Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open
  • 25th Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 25th Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
  • 25th 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
  • 26th USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • 26th The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
  • 27th Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
  • 27th No-one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years

CommunicationBlack Tot Day

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson

Famous Deaths

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

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

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

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

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