On This Day

What Happened in February 1987

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze

NFL Pro Bowl

Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 10-6; MVP: Reggie White, Philadelphia Eagles, DE

Historic Publication

Feb 1 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Fine Things” is published

  • Feb 2 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • Feb 2 Philippines adopts constitution
  • Feb 3 Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
  • Feb 3 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup

Historic Event

Feb 4 US President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress

  • Feb 4 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • Feb 4 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
  • Feb 5 Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time
  • Feb 5 Soyuz TM-2 launches
  • Feb 6 No-smoking rules take effect in US federal buildings
  • Feb 6 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 7 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93
  • Feb 7 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US

#1 in the Charts

Feb 7 Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Sports History

Feb 7 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

  • Feb 7 Police in South Korea make hundreds of arrests during protest demonstrations, the country's biggest for 6 years, after a student died in custody
  • Feb 8 37th NBA All-Star Game, Kingdome, Seattle, WA: West beats East, 154-149 (OT); MVP: Tom Chambers, Seattle SuperSonics, C
  • Feb 9 Former US national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide by overdosing on Valium hours before scheduled testimony before panel investigating illegal arms-for-hostages "Iran-Contra" affair
  • Feb 9 NY Stock Exch installs ladies restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club
  • Feb 10 Philippine troops murder 17 civilians in Lupao Massacre
  • Feb 11 British Airways begins trading stocks
  • Feb 11 England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 11 Philippines constitution goes into effect
  • Feb 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 12 Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
  • Feb 13 Tigers' Jack Morris awarded $1.85 million salary by arbitrator
  • Feb 14 Detroit Pistons-Philadelphia 76ers game draws crowd of 53,745 at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac; third largest crowd in NBA history; Pistons win, 125-107
  • Feb 15 ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
  • Feb 15 Karlstad skates world record 10km (14:03,92)
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater

Sports History

Feb 15 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot

Daytona 500

Feb 15 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott leads for 104 of 200 laps including the last 3; had won pole with record speed of 210.364 mph

  • Feb 15 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Chi-Chi Rodríguez wins his second and final Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Dale Douglass

Historic Event

Feb 17 Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)

  • Feb 17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • Feb 19 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater, NYC; runs for 102 performances
  • Feb 19 Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
  • Feb 19 Minnesota sheriff's office arrest FBI's most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
  • Feb 19 US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
  • Feb 20 Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by a computer store in Salt Lake City
  • Feb 20 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years
  • Feb 20 37th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Theme" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 21 Syrian army marches into Beirut
  • Feb 22 Bruno Marie-Rose runs world record 200m indoor (20.36 sec)
  • Feb 23 Baseball World Series winning manager (1985) Dick Howser retires from Kansas City Royals role due to brain tumor
  • Feb 23 Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
  • Feb 23 Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
  • Feb 24 29th Grammy Awards: "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood; "Graceland" by PAul Simon; and Bruce Hornsby win

Sports History

Feb 24 LA Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point in a 97-93 win over the Suns in Phoenix

Radio History

Feb 24 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack

  • Feb 25 US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
  • Feb 26 1st release of Beatles on compact disc: "Please Please Me"; "With The Beatles"; "A Hard Day's Night"; and "Beatles For Sale" [1]
  • Feb 26 NASA launches GEOS-H

Sports History

Feb 26 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

  • Feb 26 Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
  • Feb 26 USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 26 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Feb 27 "Washington Week In Review" 20th anniversary on PBS
  • Feb 27 Donald Regan resigns as White House chief of staff
  • Feb 27 American Mike Conley sets world indoor triple jump record (17.76m) in New York
  • Feb 27 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Giuseppe Rossi, Italian-American soccer forward (30 caps Italy; Villarreal), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Feb 1 Ronda Rousey, American pro wrestler, actress, author, mixed martial artist and judoka (UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion 6 defences; Olympic bronze 70kg judo 2008; WWE), born in Riverside, California
  • Feb 1 Sebastian Boenisch, Polish soccer left back (14 caps; Werder Bremen, Bayer Leverkusen), born in Gliwice, Poland
  • Feb 2 Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player
  • Feb 2 Martin Spanjers, American actor
  • Feb 4 Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player, born in Brno, Czechia
  • Feb 5 Henry Golding, Malaysian actor (Crazy Rich Asians), born in Betong, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Feb 5 Darren Criss, American actor & singer-songwriter (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 8 Carolina Kostner, Italian European champion figure skater
  • Feb 9 Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete
  • Feb 9 Joe O'Cearuill, Irish footballer

Michael B. Jordan

Feb 9 Michael B. Jordan, American actor (Black Panther), born in Santa Ana, California

  • Feb 9 Rose Leslie, Scottish actress (Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Feb 10 Choi Si Won, Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 11 Beat Feuz, Swiss alpine ski racer (Olympic gold men's downhill 2022; World C'ships gold downhill 2017), born in Bern, Switzerland
  • Feb 14 Joseph Pichler, American actor, born in Bremerton, Washington
  • Feb 14 Julia Savicheva, Russian singer, born in Kurgan, Russia
  • Feb 14 David Wheater, English footballer, born in Redcar, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Edinson Cavani, Uruguayan football striker (Uruguay, PSG), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • Feb 16 Theresa Goh, Singaporean Paralympic swimmer (bronze, 2016; world records for 50m and 200m), born in Singapore
  • Feb 16 Jon Ossoff, American politician (US Senator-D-Georgia 2021-pesent), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Elliot Page

Feb 21 Elliot Page [born Ellen Page], Canadian actor (Juno) and LGBT activist, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Feb 21 Burgess Abernethy, Australian actor, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Feb 21 Ashley Greene, American model & actress, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 21 Tuppence Middleton, English actress (Sense8), born in Bristol, England
  • Feb 24 Daniel Reilly, British entrepreneur
  • Feb 24 Mayuko Iwasa, Japanese entertainer and model
  • Feb 24 Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer, model and actress
  • Feb 25 Eva Avila, Canadian singer
  • Feb 25 Michelle Lewin, American bodybuilder and fitness model, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • Feb 26 Juliet Simms, American singer & songwriter (Automatic Loveletter), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 27 Cory Henry, American R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, pianist, Hammond B-3 organist, Harpejji and Moog player (Snarky Puppy), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Feb 28 Kerrea Gilbert, English footballer, born in Willesden, London

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Ernest "Ern" Westmore, American 3rd generation make-up artist (Westmore family) & actor, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • Feb 1 Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director, dies at 86
  • Feb 1 Sala Burton, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-87), dies of cancer at 61
  • Feb 2 Alfred Lion, record founder (Blue Note), dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Carlos Castilho, Brazilian soccer goalkeeper (25 caps; Fluminense FC 697 games) and manager (Santos FC, SE Palmeiras), dies by suicide at 59
  • Feb 2 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (The Guns of Navarone), dies at 64

Liberace

Feb 4 (Wladziu) Liberace, American Emmy Award-winning pianist, showman (The Liberace Show), and actor (Batman -"Evil Chandell"), dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at 67

  • Feb 4 Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  • Feb 5 William Collier [Charles F Gall Jr], American stage and film actor and producer, dies at 84
  • Feb 5 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], Polish-Romani writer, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Harriet MacGibbon, American actress, dies of a pulmonary & cardiac failure at 81
  • Feb 9 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940; Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 79
  • Feb 10 Sadequain, Pakistani artist, painter, calligrapher and artist, dies at 56
  • Feb 10 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, dies at 80
  • Feb 12 Lang Jeffries, Canadian actor (Skip-Rescue 8), dies at 55
  • Feb 13 Milford "Curly" Page, New Zealand cricket batsman & captain (14 Tests, 1 x 100, 2x 50, 5 wickets) and rugby union halfback (Canterbury RU), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 Bola Sete, Brazilian guitarist, dies at 63
  • Feb 14 Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (b. 1908)
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Holiday, American soul singer ("How Can I Forget"; Baby I Love You"), and songwriter ("Put A Little Love In Your Heart"), dies of heart failure at 42
  • Feb 15 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, Finnish jazz pianist, film score composer, and pedagogue, dies at 57
  • Feb 16 Dmitri Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer (In the Fire), dies at 82
  • Feb 17 Hal K. Dawson, American actor (Another Language, Wells Fargo), dies at 90
  • Feb 17 Verree Teasdale, American actress (Skyscraper Souls), dies at 83
  • Feb 20 Ivan Brkanović, Croatian composer (Triptych - Funeral Folk Rite), dies at 80
  • Feb 20 Adrian Cruft, British composer, dies at 66

Andy Warhol

Feb 22 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), dies of a heart attack at 58

  • Feb 22 David Susskind, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 22 Glenway Wescott, American writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Esmond Knight, British actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Feb 24 Jim Connors, American Legendary Radio personality, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Feb 25 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Feb 27 Joan Greenwood, British actress and director (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Amorous Mr Prawn), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Feb 28 Anny Ondra, actress (Blackmail), dies at 83
  • Feb 28 Nora Kaye, American ballet dancer, and Broadway and film choreographer, dies of cancer at 67