On This Day

What Happened in February 1984

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 China & Netherlands regain diplomatic relations
  • Feb 1 American lawyer and businessman David Stern becomes NBA Commissioner, succeeding Larry O'Brien; stays in position until 2014
  • Feb 1 Indian diplomat Ravindra Mhatre kidnapped and murdered by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 2 1st Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Feb 2 Lebanese army fights in Beirut
  • Feb 3 10th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (41B): Challenger 4 launches
  • Feb 4 "9" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 739 performances
  • Feb 4 "Backstage Magic" opens at CommuniCore
  • Feb 4 Frank Aquilera sets world frisbee distance record (168m) Las Vegas
  • Feb 5 NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days
  • Feb 6 Muslim militiamen take over West Beirut from Lebanese army
  • Feb 7 American astronaut Bruce McCandless makes 1st untethered space walk
  • Feb 7 David (born without immunity system) touches his mother for 1st time at age 12

Music History

Feb 7 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS

  • Feb 8 XIV Winter Olympic Games open in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 8 1st time 8 people in space
  • Feb 8 A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation
  • Feb 8 Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7
  • Feb 9 "Rink" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Feb 9 East German speed skater Karin Enke wins the 1,500m in world record 2:03.42 at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,000m gold
  • Feb 9 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 10k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; first of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 5k and 20k events
  • Feb 9 East German ski jumper Jens Weißflog wins first of 3 career Olympic gold medals in the Normal Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 10 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins a career 4th Olympic gold medal when he takes out the 30k event in Sarajevo; 3 gold in Lake Placid 1980
  • Feb 11 10th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (41B): Challenger 4 returns to Earth

Sports History

Feb 11 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11

  • Feb 12 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • Feb 12 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
  • Feb 12 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 5k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 10k and 20k events
  • Feb 12 12 years after winning the doubles in Sapporo (1972), Italian Paul Hildgarten wins the men's luge singles at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics
  • Feb 12 East German luger Steffi Martin wins the first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins in Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 13 6 year old Texan Stormie Jones gets 1st heart & liver transplant
  • Feb 13 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan wins 15k event, the first of 2 gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 4 x 10k relay gold
  • Feb 13 Karin Enke of East Germany wins her 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Games, winning the women's 1,000m in Olympic record 1:21.61; also wins 1,500m gold

Olympic Games

Feb 14 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression

  • Feb 14 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,000m gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,500m; narrowly beats Soviet skater Sergey Khlebnikov in both events
  • Feb 15 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq
  • Feb 15 An East German sweep of the medals in the women's 3,000m speed skating at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; Andrea Schöne takes gold ahead of teammates Karin Enke and Gabi Zange
  • Feb 16 Bill Johnson becomes first American to win an Olympic downhill skiing gold at the Sarajevo Games; beats Swiss Peter Müller by 0.27s
  • Feb 16 NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
  • Feb 16 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan takes his 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10k relay; also wins 15k gold
  • Feb 16 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 2nd career gold medal in 4 x 10k relay at Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 4 career gold; 15k Lake Placid (1980), 50k Sarajevo, relay Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 16 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,500m at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, his second gold medal of the Games; also wins the 1,000m

Olympic Gold

Feb 16 3-time men's figure skating world champion Scott Hamilton of the US wins the gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics from Brian Orser of Canada and Jozef Sabovčík of Czechoslovakia

  • Feb 17 34th Berlin International Film Festival: "Love Streams" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 17 Biathletes Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway and West German Peter Angerer finish 2nd & 3rd respectively in the relay at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; both have complete sets of medals from biathlon events at the Games
  • Feb 18 Revised concordat between Italy & Vatican signed
  • Feb 18 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 20k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; sweeps all 3 individual events, also winning 5k and 10k events
  • Feb 18 East German figure skater Katarina Witt wins first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins gold in Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 18 Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykänen wins first of 4 career Olympic gold medals in the Large Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 19 "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater, NYC, after 104 performances
  • Feb 19 XIV Winter Olympic Games close in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 19 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
  • Feb 19 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins for 2nd consecutive year and 4th time in career; last-lap pass to beat Darrell Waltrip
  • Feb 19 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 50k event at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; his second gold of the Games (4 x 10k relay) and 3rd of his career (15k Lake Placid 1980)
  • Feb 19 Soviet Union wins its 6th Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 2-0 win over silver medallists Czechoslovakia at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 22 Brothers Anton & Peter Stastny score 8 pts each for NHL Quebec
  • Feb 24 Iraq resumes air attack on Iran
  • Feb 25 Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500
  • Feb 26 Last US marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
  • Feb 26 Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC "Hymietown"
  • Feb 26 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate

World Record

Feb 27 Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m)

  • Feb 27 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. changes call letters to WWRC
  • Feb 27 Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa
  • Feb 28 26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys
  • Feb 28 British satirical puppet show "Spitting Image" premieres on ITV

Historic Event

Feb 29 Pierre Trudeau announces he is stepping down after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister

  • Feb 29 Swedish center Patrik Sundström scores a goal and adds 6 assists as Vancouver Canucks beat the Penguins 9-5 in Pittsburgh; just the 3rd player in NHL history to record 6 assists in a road game

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Darren Fletcher, Scottish soccer midfielder (80 caps; manchester United, WBA, Stoke City), born in Dalkeith, Scotland
  • Feb 1 Lee Thompson Young, American actor, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2013)

Elizabeth Holmes

Feb 3 Elizabeth Holmes, American entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos (youngest self-made female billionaire - Forbes 2014), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Feb 4 Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer, born in San Bernardo, Chile
  • Feb 5 Carlos Tévez, Argentine footballer (Boca Juniors, Argentina), born in Fuerte Apache, Argentina
  • Feb 5 Nate Salley, American football player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Feb 6 Brandon Hammond, American actor (Gregory Hines Show), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Feb 6 Darren Bent, English footballer, born in Tooting, England
  • Feb 6 Piret Järvis, Estonian singer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Feb 8 Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • Feb 8 Cecily Strong, American actress and comedian (Saturday Night Live), born in Stringfield, Illinois
  • Feb 9 Han Kyung, Chinese singer (Super Junior), born in Mudanjiang, China
  • Feb 9 Dioner Navarro, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Feb 10 Alex Gordon, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Feb 10 Kim Hyo-jin, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 11 Matt Good, American musician, born in Valrico, Florida
  • Feb 11 Aubrey O'Day, American singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 12 Peter Vanderkaay, US mid-distance swimmer, born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Feb 12 Brad Keselowski, American auto racer (NASCAR Xfinity Series 2010; NASCAR Cup Series 2012), born in Rochester Hills, Michigan
  • Feb 14 Hamed Namouchi, French-Tunisian footballer, born in Cannes, France
  • Feb 14 Víkingur Ólafsson, Icelandic concert pianist, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Feb 15 Meera Jasmine, Indian actress (Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam), born in Thiruvalla, Kerala, India
  • Feb 15 Doda [Dorota Rabczewska], Polish pop and rock singer-songwriter (Virgin; Diamond B*tch), born in Ciechanów, Poland
  • Feb 15 Gary Clark, Jr. American blues-rock-soul singer-songwriter and guitarist ("This Land"; The Story of Sonny Boy Slim), born in Austin, Texas
  • Feb 17 Jimmy Jacobs, American professional wrestler (Ring of Honor), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 17 Kenta Kamakari, Japanese actor and seiyuu, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Feb 17 AB de Villiers, South African cricket batsman (114 Tests, 8,765 runs @ 50.66, 22 x 100, HS 278no; 228 ODI, 25 x 100), born in Warmbad, South Africa
  • Feb 18 Buddy Nielsen, American singer (Senses Fail), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Feb 19 Chris Richardson, American Idol finalist

Trevor Noah

Feb 20 Trevor Noah, South African comedian, actor and TV host (The Daily Show), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Feb 20 Johannes "Jo" Alisch, German classical cellist, and jazz bassist, born in Mannheim, Germany
  • Feb 21 Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Feb 21 David Odonkor, German footballer, born in Bünde, Germany
  • Feb 21 Karina, Japanese model & actress, born in Shōwa-ku, Japan
  • Feb 22 Venetian Princess [Jodie-Amy Rivera], YouTube Internet personality, born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • Feb 23 Andre Ward, American professional boxer, unified light heavyweight champion and world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 24 Clivio Piccione, Monegasque racing driver
  • Feb 24 Sterling James Keenan, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 25 Logan Leistikow, American director and actor
  • Feb 25 Lovefoxxx, Brazilian singer (CSS)
  • Feb 26 Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer, born in Lomé, Togo
  • Feb 26 Natalia Lafourcade, Mexican singer, born in Mexico City
  • Feb 27 Antti Tuisku, Finnish singer, born in Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Feb 27 Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer, born in Trångsund, Sweden
  • Feb 27 David Noel, American basketball player, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Feb 28 Ben Fagan, American musician, songwriter, and reality show contestant, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 29 Cam Ward, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Stanley Cup 2006, Carolina Hurricanes; Conn Smythe Trophy 2006; NHL All Star 2011; World C'ship gold 2007), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Feb 29 Cullen Jones, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m freestyle 2008; 4x100m medley relay 2012), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings

Elton John

Feb 14 British singer Elton John (36) marries Renate Blauel at Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia; divorce in 1988

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 5 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), dies at 78
  • Feb 7 Brooks West, actor (Richard-My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • Feb 8 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (Olympic bronze 1928), dies at 80
  • Feb 9 (Tanjore) Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies at 65

Yuri Andropov

Feb 9 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

  • Feb 10 David Von Erich, professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • Feb 12 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), dies at 69
  • Feb 12 Anna Anderson [possibly born Franziska Schanzkowska], best-known of several imposters claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, dies still maintaining her fraudulent claim at 87
  • Feb 13 Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • Feb 14 Elmer Keith, American firearms enthusiast and author (Guns & Ammo), dies at 84
  • Feb 15 Avon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation;The Sting; Harry and Tonto), dies of cancer at 73
  • Feb 15 Ethel Merman [Zimmermann], American Tony and Grammy Award-winning stage and screen singer ("There's No Business Like Show Business"), and actress (It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), dies of brain cancer at 76
  • Feb 15 Leamon Hunt, American Director General of Multinational Force and Observers (international peacekeepers) in Sinai, assassinated Red Brigade communists in Rome, at 56
  • Feb 16 Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Lucille Benson, American actress (Halloween II, 1941, Bosom Buddies), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • Feb 19 Ina Ray Hutton, American orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 19 Claude Hopkins, American jazz stride pianist, arranger, bandleader, and musical director (Josephine Baker), dies at 80
  • Feb 20 Fikret Amirov, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer (Azerbaijan Capriccio, Shur), dies at 61
  • Feb 21 Mikhail Sholokhov, Soviet writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965), dies at 78
  • Feb 22 David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • Feb 22 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Feb 24 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • Feb 24 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (Sociology of Sex), dies at 71
  • Feb 28 Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies
  • Feb 29 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83