February 1988 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 3 Nurses across the UK strike over pay and funding for the NHS

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Feb 4 Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Feb 4 Despite union calls to end the strike, rank-and-file seamen at major British ports refuse to return to work

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Feb 5 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Feb 5 Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Gov Evan Mecham
  • Feb 5 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering
  • Feb 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 8 NASA launches DOD-2
  • Feb 10 Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails
  • Feb 10 3-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in SF strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)
  • Feb 11 Anthony Kennedy appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Feb 12 38th Berlin International Film Festival: "Red Sorgum" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 13 Christine Wachtel runs world record 800m indoor (1:56:40)
  • Feb 13 European Community plans removal of internal boundaries on Jan 1, 1992
  • Feb 13 Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18:11.41)
  • Feb 14 Alfredo Stroessner re-elected president of Paraguay
  • Feb 14 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (137.531 MPH)
  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 16 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
  • Feb 17 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • Feb 17 US Lt Col Williamm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
  • Feb 18 Anthony Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • Feb 19 Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200m (1:32.55)
  • Feb 20 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • Feb 20 Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
  • Feb 20 Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0

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Feb 20 Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Feb 20 Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • Feb 21 Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20)
  • Feb 21 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation
  • Feb 22 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)
  • Feb 23 Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)
  • Feb 24 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
  • Feb 24 Supreme Ct votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody
  • Feb 25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love Tour" begins in Worcester, Mass
  • Feb 25 South Korea adopts constitution
  • Feb 26 Christa Rotherburger (GDR) skates ladies world record 1000m (1:17.65)
  • Feb 27 Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34
  • Feb 28 Anti-Armenian pogrom in Azerbaijan, 30 killed
  • Feb 28 Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)
  • Feb 29 KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
  • Feb 29 Nazi document implicates Waldheim in WW II deportations

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 15 Hironori Kusano, Japanese Idol
  • Feb 17 Natascha Kampusch, Austrian kidnapping victim

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (58) weds Lois Driggs Cannon

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Heather O'Rourke, (Poltergeist) star, dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • Feb 1 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Clive Epstein, brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
  • Feb 2 G Mennen Williams, Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
  • Feb 6 Marghanita Laski, English author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies
  • Feb 6 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • Feb 7 Lin[wood V] Carter, US, sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • Feb 15 Gardiner Means, US economist, dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Gerard Holt, architect, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Neil R[onald] Jones, sf writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Richard P Feynman, physicist (Nobel 1965, Physical Law), dies at 69
  • Feb 16 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)
  • Feb 19 André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Feb 24 Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96
  • Feb 28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99