February 1990 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 South African President F. W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political organisations

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Feb 3 14th Commonwealth Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 4 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
  • Feb 4 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04)
  • 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 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 10 Pierrer Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 10 South African President F. W. de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be freed on Feburary 11th

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • 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
  • 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 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 23 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
  • Feb 25 Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
  • 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 27 "Hold On" single released by Wilson Phillips (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)
  • Feb 28 Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine
  • Feb 28 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Cody Newton Gifford, American write, producer, son of Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 4 Haruka Tomatsu, Japanese Seiyū
  • Feb 11 Princess Ayah of Jordan
  • Feb 13 Olivia Allison, British synchronized swimmer

Weddings in History

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

Deaths in History

  • Feb 7 Dom Heider Camara, nonviolent/human rights Bishop of Brazil, dies
  • 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 Geroge de Mestral, Swiss engineer (invented Velcro), dies at 83

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 Frans Kellendonk, Dutch writer (Good for Nothing), dies at 39
  • Feb 19 Michael Powell, English director (Life & Death of Col Blimp), dies at 84
  • Feb 23 Annelien Kappeyne van de Coppello, Dutch lawyer and politician (Liberal), dies at 53
  • Feb 23 James Gavin, US 82nd Airborne Division General (Sicily/Normandy), dies at 82
  • Feb 23 Jose Napoleon Duarte, president of Salvador (1984-89), dies at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 24 Malcolm Forbes, American publisher of Forbes Magazine, dies of a heart attack at 70

Publisher Malcolm Forbes
Publisher
Malcolm Forbes
  • Feb 24 Sandro Pertini, president of Italy (1978, 85), dies at 93
  • Feb 26 Maurine Stuart, Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
  • Feb 27 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)