What Happened in February 1986

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH
  • Feb 2 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 2 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 28-24; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB
  • Feb 2 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 US President Ronald Reagan announces formation of commission of enquiry on Challenger Accident

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Feb 3 OPEC fails to agree upon a petroleum production agreement after a 2 day meeting in Vienna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in Calcutta

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Feb 4 38th NHL All-Star Game, Hartford Civic Centre: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 4-3 (OT); MVP: Grant Fuhr, Edmonton Oilers, G

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • Feb 4 Israeli fighters intercept Libyan passenger airliner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 5 Corazon Aquino & Ferdinand Marcos appear on "Nightline"

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Feb 6 NJ Devil Peter McNab becomes 42nd NHLer to score 350 goals
  • Feb 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France: Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 7 Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Feb 8 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition

  • Feb 8 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 8 1984 Summer Olympics LAPD bomb squad chief Arleigh McCree, and his partner Officer Ronald Ball of the Firearms and explosives unit are killed while trying to dismantle two pipe bombs

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 8 The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 9 36th NBA All-Star Game, Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX: East beats West, 139-132; MVP: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons, G

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • Feb 9 Halley's Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)
  • Feb 9 Haydar Bakr al-Attas appointed president of South Yemen
  • Feb 9 Marvin Johnson stops Leslie Stewart in 7 rounds in Indianapolis to win WBA light heavyweight boxing title; record 3rd time he regains a version of light heavyweight crown
  • Feb 9 Tomb of Tutanchamon's treasurer Maya found in Egypt
  • Feb 9 West German team swims world record 4x200 m freestyle (7:05.17)

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 10 "John Lennon: Live in NYC" album is released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 11 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • Feb 11 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup, David Boon scores the most runs in the series (418)
  • Feb 11 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
  • Feb 12 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
  • Feb 14 36th Berlin International Film Festival: "Stammheim" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 15 44,180 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 15 Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged presidential election in the Philippines
  • Feb 15 Philipines National Assembly authorizes 6 more years for Ferdinand Marcos
  • Feb 16 "Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 24 performances
  • Feb 16 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • Feb 16 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • Feb 16 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 16 Mário Soares from the Socialist Party is elected the 1st civilian President of Portugal

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Feb 16 28th Daytona 500: Geoff Bodine wins on fuel mileage after Dale Earnhardt forced to pit for gas with 3 laps to go, then blows engine leaving the pits
  • Feb 17 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles

  • Feb 17 Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC morning radio (WXRK 92.3 FM)
  • Feb 17 Johnson & Johnson announces it no longer sell capsule drugs
  • Feb 17 Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad
  • Feb 18 San Antonio guard Alvin Robertson scores NBA's 2nd quadruple double-20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals in 120-114 win over Phoenix Suns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner: he died of smoking-induced lung cancer on 10th October 1985

  • Feb 19 King Hussein of Jordan severs ties with PLO
  • Feb 19 US Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later
  • Feb 19 USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit
  • Feb 20 LA Dodger Orel Hershiser is 1st to win a $1M salary by arbitration

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Feb 21 AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
  • Feb 22 Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines
  • Feb 23 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
  • Feb 23 Nelli Fiere-Cooman runs world record 60 m indoor (7.00 sec)
  • Feb 24 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
  • Feb 24 Voyager 2, 1st Uranus flyby
  • Feb 25 28th Grammy Awards: We Are the World, Sade, Phil Collins wins
  • Feb 25 Corazon Aquino becomes President of the Philippines, Marcos flees the country
  • Feb 25 Iran conquers Iraqi Fao peninsula
  • Feb 25 Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotel
  • Feb 26 Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16)
  • Feb 26 People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • Feb 27 The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis
  • Feb 28 European Economic Community signs "Special Act" for Europe free trade
  • Feb 28 Peter Uberroth suspended 7 baseball players for 1 year, after they admitted in Curtis Strong's trial in September, they used drugs

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Lauren Conrad, American TV star, born in Laguna Beach, California
  • Feb 4 Mohammad Mahmudullah Riyad, Bangladeshi cricketer (2007-), born in Mymensingh, Bangladesh
  • Feb 5 Reed Sorenson, American stock car racing driver, born in Peachtree City, Georgia
  • Feb 5 Billy Sharp, English footballer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Feb 5 Manuel Fernandes, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Feb 6 Alice Greczyn, American actress, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Feb 6 Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Feb 7 Deanna Casaluce, Canadian actress
  • Feb 7 Michael Orozco, American footballer
  • Feb 9 Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • Feb 10 Viktor Troicki, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Feb 10 Yui Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 10 Radamel Falcao García Zárate, Colombian football player (AS Monaco, Colombia national team), born in Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Feb 13 Luke Moore, English footballer, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 13 Jamie Murray, Scottish tennis player, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Aschwin Wildeboer, Spanish swimmer, born in Sabadell, Spain
  • Feb 14 Michael Ammermüller, German racing driver, born in Pocking, Germany
  • Feb 14 Roxanne Guinoo, Filipina actress, born in Cavite, Philippines
  • Feb 15 Gabriel Paletta, Argentine-born Italian footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Feb 17 Joey O'Brien, Irish footballer
  • Feb 17 Sandra Nilsson, Swedish model
  • Feb 18 Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 19 Kyle Chipchura, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 19 Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
  • Feb 19 Marta, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 19 Reon Kadena, Japanese model/actress
  • Feb 19 Maria Mena, Norwegian singer
  • Feb 21 Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Feb 21 Charlotte Church, Welsh singer-songwriter born in Llandaff, Wales
  • Feb 22 Rajon Rondo, American basketball player, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 22 Miko Hughes, American actor, born in Apple Valley, California
  • Feb 23 Holly Brook, American musician, born in Mazomanie, Wisconsin
  • Feb 23 Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese pop star (KAT-TUN), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 23 Jerod Mayo, American football linebacker, born in Hampton, Virginia
  • Feb 24 Wojtek Wolski, Polish Ice hockey player
  • Feb 25 James and Oliver Phelps, English actors
  • Feb 25 Justin Berfield, American actor
  • Feb 25 Danny Saucedo, Swedish singer
  • Feb 25 Jameela Jamil, British TV presenter and actress (The Good Place), born in London, England
  • Feb 26 Makelele, Brazilian footballer, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Feb 26 Crystal Kay, Japanese singer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Feb 26 Teresa Palmer, Australian model & actress, born in Adelaide, Australia

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 1 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Alva Myrdal, Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
  • Feb 1 Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
  • Feb 1 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (b. 1957)
  • Feb 6 William Collier [Charles F Gall Jr], American stage and film actor and producer, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Frederick Coutts, Scottish 8th Salvation Army General, dies at 86
  • Feb 6 Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (b. 1912)
  • Feb 7 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • Feb 7 Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (b. 1923)
  • Feb 10 Brian Aherne, British actor (I Confess, Titanic, Juarez), dies at 83
  • Feb 10 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Academy of Country Music Award), dies at 96
  • Feb 11 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65
  • Feb 11 Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
  • Feb 12 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 12 Sid Stone, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 82
  • Feb 16 Howard Da Silva [Silverblatt], American actor (1776, The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dahlia), dies from lymphoma at 76
  • Feb 17 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), dies at 90
  • Feb 19 Adolfo Celi, Italian film actor and director (Next Man, Murders in Rue Morgue), dies at 63
  • Feb 19 James O Eastland, (Sen-D-Miss), dies at 81
  • Feb 19 Paul Stewart, American actor (Citizen Kane, Kiss Me Deadly), dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Feb 20 Francisco Mignone, Brazilian composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 20 Koss Rietkerk, Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies at 58
  • Feb 21 Shigechiyo Izumi, Japanese sugarcane farmer, once thought to be the world's oldest man ever but now disputed (b. 1865)
  • Feb 21 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (b. 1895)

Person of interestTommy Douglas

Feb 24 Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas
Father of Medicare
Tommy Douglas

Person of interestJacques Plante

Feb 27 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, dies of stomach cancer at 57

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Feb 28 Sven Olof Palme, Swedish PM (1969-76, 82-86), assassinated at 59
  • Feb 28 Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 28 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 79