What Happened in February 1988

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • Feb 3 Nurses across the UK strike over pay and funding for the NHS

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Feb 4 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Feb 4 Despite union calls to end the strike, rank-and-file seamen at major British ports refuse to return to work

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Feb 5 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Feb 5 Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Governor Evan Mecham
  • Feb 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 7 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
  • Feb 7 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6
  • Feb 7 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Feb 8 NASA launches DOD-2
  • Feb 9 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (OT) at St Louis
  • Feb 9 NH begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends Feb 1991)
  • Feb 10 Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails
  • Feb 10 3-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)
  • Feb 11 Anthony Kennedy appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Feb 12 38th Berlin International Film Festival: "Red Sorgum" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 13 15th Winter Olympic games opens at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 13 Christine Wachtel runs world record 800m indoor (1:56:40)
  • Feb 13 European Community plans removal of internal boundaries on Jan 1, 1992
  • Feb 13 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)
  • Feb 13 Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18:11.41)

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Feb 14 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Feb 14 Alfredo Stroessner re-elected President of Paraguay
  • Feb 14 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 14 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (137.531 MPH)
  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 16 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
  • Feb 17 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • Feb 17 US Lt Col Williamm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
  • Feb 18 Anthony Kennedy, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • Feb 18 Federal Road Safety Corps is established in Nigeria
  • Feb 19 Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200m (1:32.55)
  • Feb 20 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 20 Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
  • Feb 20 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
  • Feb 20 Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
  • Feb 20 Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0

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Feb 20 Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Feb 20 Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • Feb 20 Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
  • Feb 21 Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20)
  • Feb 21 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation

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Feb 22 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • Feb 23 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
  • Feb 23 Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)
  • Feb 24 Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist
  • Feb 24 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
  • Feb 24 US Supreme Court votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody
  • Feb 25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love" Tour begins in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 25 South Korea adopts constitution
  • Feb 26 Christa Rotherburger (GDR) skates ladies world record 1000m (1:17.65)
  • Feb 27 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 27 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
  • Feb 27 Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34
  • Feb 27 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • Feb 28 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 28 Anti-Armenian pogrom in Azerbaijan, 30 killed
  • Feb 28 Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • Feb 28 Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)
  • Feb 29 KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
  • Feb 29 Mark Greatbatch scores 107* v England on Test Cricket debut

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Feb 29 NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Feb 29 Nazi document implicates Waldheim in WW II deportations

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 4 Eoin McDowell, Irish rugby player
  • Feb 4 Alexandros Pagalis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 4 Carly Patterson, American gymnast
  • Feb 4 Jeff Horn, Australian professional boxer (WBO welterweight title 2017), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Feb 6 Allison Holker, American dancer
  • Feb 7 Ai Kago, Japanese singer
  • Feb 7 Matthew Stafford, American college football player
  • Feb 8 Keegan Meth, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Feb 14 Ángel Di María, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 14 Asia Nitollano, American dancer, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll winner
  • Feb 14 Eliska Sursova, American actress
  • Feb 14 Quentin Mosimann, Swiss singer, winner of Star Academy France 7
  • Feb 15 Hironori Kusano, Japanese Idol
  • Feb 16 Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 17 Natascha Kampusch, Austrian kidnapping victim
  • Feb 18 Maiara Walsh, American actress
  • Feb 18 Shane Lyons, actor and private chef

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Feb 20 Rihanna [Robyn Rihanna Fenty], Barbadian singer-songwriter (Umbrella, We Found Love, Diamonds), born in Saint Michael, Barbados

Singer Rihanna
  • Feb 22 Kevin Borlée, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 22 Przemysław Kazimierczak, Polish footballer
  • Feb 28 Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress
  • Feb 29 Scott Golbourne, English footballer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Feb 14 General hospital TV star Jackie Zeman marries Glenn Gorden

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (58) weds Lois Driggs Cannon

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21 Actor Dudley Moore (53) weds actress Brogan Lane at the Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Heather O'Rourke, (Poltergeist) star, dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • Feb 1 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Clive Epstein, brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
  • Feb 2 G Mennen Williams, Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
  • Feb 6 Lee Goodman, actor (Imitation of Life), dies of TB at 64
  • Feb 6 Marghanita Laski, English author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies
  • Feb 6 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • Feb 7 Lin[wood V] Carter, American sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Allan Cuthbertson, actor (Running Man, 7th Dawn), dies at 67
  • Feb 14 Frederick Loewe [Friedrich Löwe], Austrian-born American composer (My Fair Lady, Camelot), dies at 86
  • Feb 15 Frederick [Fritz] Loewe, composer, dies
  • Feb 15 Gardiner Means, US economist, dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Gerard Holt, architect, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Neil R[onald] Jones, sf writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Richard P Feynman, physicist (Nobel 1965, Physical Law), dies at 69
  • Feb 15 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist, dies of liposarcoma at 69
  • Feb 16 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)
  • Feb 19 André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Feb 24 Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96
  • Feb 24 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99