What Happened in February 1987

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze
  • Feb 1 38,873 NBA crowd watch Chicago at Detroit
  • Feb 1 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 10-6

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

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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: West beats East 154-149 (OT) at Seattle
  • Feb 8 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • 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 53,745 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • 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 Craig Stadler disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot
  • Feb 15 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (176.263 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

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Feb 19 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 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 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Tsumura Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • 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

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

  • Feb 24 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack
  • 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
  • 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 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 10 Choi Si Won, Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 14 Joseph Pichler, American actor
  • Feb 14 Julia Savicheva, Russian singer
  • Feb 14 David Wheater, English footballer
  • Feb 16 Theresa Goh, Singaporean Paralympic swimmer

Person of interestEllen Page

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

Actress Ellen Page
Actress
Ellen Page
  • Feb 21 Burgess Abernethy, Australian Actor
  • Feb 21 Ashley Greene, American model and actress
  • 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, Guitarist and vocals for the band Automatic Loveletter
  • Feb 28 Kerrea Gilbert, English footballer

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 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 (b. 1922)

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 8 Hendrik Koekoek, founder (Dutch Boer party), dies at 74
  • 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, actor (Joe-Dumplings), dies at 58
  • 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