February 1989 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • Feb 2 FW de Klerk replaces Botha as South Africa's National Party leader
  • Feb 3 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
  • Feb 4 Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • Feb 6 Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government
  • Feb 8 5 cm of snow falls in outskirts of Los Angeles
  • Feb 8 US Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die
  • Feb 9 Michael Manley's Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election
  • Feb 10 Miami Vice's 100th episode seen on TV
  • Feb 10 Ron Brown chosen 1st African American chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
  • Feb 10 Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff
  • Feb 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 5 Pakistani Muslim rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
  • 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 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 14 African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 William Hayden becomes governor-general of Australia
  • Feb 17 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
  • Feb 17 Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
  • Feb 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Feb 22 US authors demonstrate against Iranian death threats against Salman Rushdee, author of "The Satanic Verses"
  • Feb 24 150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found
  • 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)
  • Feb 26 Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
  • 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 Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 9 Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player
  • Feb 19 L A Baby orangutan, at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
  • Feb 22 Alia Sabur, American college educator

Weddings in History

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

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  • Feb 6 Barbara Tuchman, historian (Guns of August-Pulitzer), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Chris Gueffroy, East German attempted defector (b. 1968)
  • Feb 8 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
  • 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 19 Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
  • Feb 27 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • 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