On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1988

Historical Events

  • 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating

Figure Skater Brian Boitano
Figure Skater
Brian Boitano
  • Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
  • Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestRihanna

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

Singer Rihanna
1988 Highlights

About February 20, 1988

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 7 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces