What Happened in February 1987

Historical Events

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

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

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

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 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 national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide
  • 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, Detroit; 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
  • Feb 15 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot
  • 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 16 John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" trial begins
  • 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 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 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, 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, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • Feb 25 LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse
  • Feb 25 US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
  • Feb 26 1st release of Beatles compact discs
  • Feb 26 NASA launches GEOS-H

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 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 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
  • 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 footballer, born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Feb 1 Ronda Rousey American athlete (UFC Champion), born in Riverside, California
  • Feb 2 Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player
  • Feb 2 Martin Spanjers, American actor
  • Feb 4 Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player
  • 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
  • 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 14 Joseph Pichler, US 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

Person of interestEllen Page

Feb 21 Ellen Page, Canadian actress (Juno) & LGBT activist, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Actress Ellen Page
Actress
Ellen Page
  • Feb 21 Burgess Abernethy, Australian actor, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Feb 21 Ashley Greene, American model & actress, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 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 28 Kerrea Gilbert, English footballer, born in Willesden, London

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Ernest "Ern" Westmore, American 3rd generation make-up artist (Westmore family) and actor, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • Feb 1 Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director (b. 1900)
  • 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 Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • Feb 2 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (The Guns of Navarone), dies at 64

Person of interestLiberace

Feb 4 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • Feb 4 Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  • Feb 8 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], writer, dies
  • Feb 8 Harriet MacGibbon, American actress, dies of a pulmonary & cardiac failure at 81
  • Feb 10 Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Pakistani painter, calligrapher and artist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 11 Sadequain, famous Pakistani painter and artist. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 12 Lang Jeffries, Canadian actor (Skip-Rescue 8), dies at 55
  • Feb 13 M L "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ Test capt 1933), dies
  • Feb 14 Bola Sete, guitarist, dies at 63
  • Feb 14 Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (b. 1908)
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Holiday, American singer (Baby I Love You), dies at 42
  • Feb 15 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 17 Hal K Dawson, actor (Another Language, Wells Fargo), dies
  • Feb 17 Verree Teasdale, actress (Skyscraper Souls), dies
  • Feb 18 Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 20 Ivan Brkanovic, composer, dies at 80

Person of interestAndy Warhol

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

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • 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, US ballet dancer, dies at 67