What Happened in February 1988

Historical Events

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 5 Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Governor Evan Mecham
  • Feb 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 7 38th NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 138-133; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

  • Feb 7 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 15-6; MVP: Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills, DE
  • Feb 8 NASA launches DOD-2

NHL All-Star Game

Feb 9 39th NHL All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-5 (OT); MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

  • Feb 9 NH begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends Feb 1991)
  • 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 10 Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails

Appointment of Interest

Feb 11 Anthony Kennedy appointed to US Supreme Court

  • Feb 12 38th Berlin International Film Festival: "Red Sorgum" wins the Golden Bear

Cold War Bumping Incident

Feb 12 US Navy frigate USS Yorktown bumped by Russian frigate Bezzavetny in the Black Sea in dispute over right of innocent passage

  • 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)
  • Feb 13 XV Winter Olympic Games open in Calgary, Canada

Daytona 500

Feb 14 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison beats his son, Davey, to the finish line; remembered for Richard Petty's rollover crash in the tri-oval on lap 106, rolls over 8 times and hit by Brett Bodine; walks away unhurt

Election of Interest

Feb 14 Alfredo Stroessner re-elected President of Paraguay

Sports History

Feb 14 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins his second of 3 event titles by 3 strokes from Chi-Chi Rodríguez

  • 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 US Lt Col William Higgins kidnapped in south Lebanon 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)

Olympic Gold

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

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 20 Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • Feb 20 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets 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

World Record

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

  • Feb 23 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games

Sports History

Feb 23 Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)

  • Feb 24 Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykanen wins his 3rd gold medal of the Calgary Winter Olympics as part of the winning large hill team; normal and large hill individual champion
  • Feb 24 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
  • Feb 24 US Supreme Court votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody

Music History

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 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 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 XV Winter Olympic Games close in Calgary, Canada
  • 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

Historic Event

Feb 29 Nazi document implicates Kurt Waldheim in WWII deportations

  • Feb 29 New Zealand cricket batsman Mark Greatbatch scores an unbeaten 107 on debut to rescue a draw in 2nd Test v England at Eden Park, Auckland

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 4 Alexandros Pagalis, Greek footballer, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Feb 4 Carly Patterson, American gymnast (2004 Olympic Champion), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Feb 4 Eoin McDowell, Irish rugby player, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 4 Jeff Horn, Australian professional boxer (WBO welterweight title 2017), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Feb 6 Allison Holker, American dancer, born in Minnesota, United States
  • Feb 7 Ai Kago, Japanese singer
  • Feb 7 Matthew Stafford, American football quarterback (Super Bowl 2022 LA Rams; Pro Bowl 2014 Detroit Lions), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Feb 7 Nick Costa, American jazz drummer, born in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 8 Keegan Meth, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Feb 13 Keegan Hirst, British footballer (Wakefield Trinity) and England's 1st openly gay professional player, born in Batley, West Yorkshire
  • Feb 14 Ángel Di María, Argentine footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Feb 14 Asia Nitollano, American dancer (Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll winner), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Feb 14 Eliska Sursova, American actress, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 14 Quentin Mosimann, Swiss DJ & music producer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Feb 15 Hironori Kusano, Japanese J-pop singer (NEWS), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Feb 16 Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 17 Natascha Kampusch, Austrian kidnapping victim
  • Feb 18 Maiara Walsh, American actress, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 18 Shane Lyons, American actor & private chef, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado


Feb 20 Rihanna [Robyn Rihanna Fenty], Barbadian R&B and pop singer-songwriter ("Umbrella"; "Only Girl (In The World)"; "We Found Love"; "Diamonds"), born in Saint Michael, Barbados

  • Feb 22 Kevin Borlée, Belgian athlete, born in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
  • Feb 22 Przemysław Kazimierczak, Polish footballer, born in Łęczyca, Poland
  • Feb 28 Markéta Irglová, Czech Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Falling Slowly"), singer, and actress (Once), born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czechia

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Feb 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

Buzz Aldrin

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

  • Feb 14 General hospital TV star Jackie Zeman marries Glenn Gorden

Dudley Moore

Feb 21 British actor Dudley Moore (53) weds American actress Brogan Lane (33) at the Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas; divorced in 1991


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Heather O'Rourke, American child actress (Poltergeist), dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • Feb 1 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), dies at 59
  • Feb 1 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Clive Epstein, British music artist manager, and brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
  • Feb 2 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), dies at 76
  • Feb 6 Barclay Plager, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NHL All-Star 1970, 71, 73, 74 St. Louis Blues) and coach (St. Louis Blues 1977-83), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 46
  • Feb 6 Lee Goodman, American comedian and stage and screen actor (Imitation of Life), dies of tuberculosis at 64
  • Feb 6 Marghanita Laski, English journalist and author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies at 72
  • Feb 7 Lin[wood V] Carter, American sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Allan Cuthbertson, Australian-British actor (Running Man, 7th Dawn), dies at 67
  • Feb 10 Don Patterson, American jazz organist (Hip Cake Walk; Holiday Soul), dies at 51
  • Feb 10 Paolo Renosto, Italian composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 13 John Curulewski, American rock guitarist and singer (Styx), dies of a brain aneurysm at 37
  • Feb 14 Frederick Loewe [Friedrich Löwe], Austrian-born American composer (My Fair Lady, Camelot), dies at 86
  • Feb 14 Frederick Loewe, Austrian-American musical theater composer (with Alan Jay Lerner: My Fair Lady; Camelot; Brigadoon), dies at 86
  • Feb 15 Gardiner Means, US economist, dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Gerard Holt, architect, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Neil R. Jones, American sci-fi writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist known for his work on quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics (1965 Nobel), dies of liposarcoma at 69
  • Feb 16 Charles Delaunay, French writer, magazine publisher (Le Jazz Hot), jazz musiclogist (Hot Discography), record label founder, and music promoter, dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler, dies at 71
  • Feb 19 André F. Cournand, French physician and physiologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 92
  • Feb 19 René Char, French poet and painter, dies at 80
  • Feb 20 Bob O'Farrell, American baseball catcher (World Series, NL MVP 1926, St. Louis Cardinals) and manager (St.L Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 91
  • 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 24 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility (AL batting champion 1959; 10 × All-Star 1953–1960²; Detroit Tigers), dies from heart disease and diabetes at 57
  • Feb 28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99