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)

Olympic Gold

Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating

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

Event of Interest

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

  • Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
1988 History

Famous Birthdays

RihannaRihanna (35 years old)

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

Born in 1988

Famous Deaths

  • Bob O'Farrell, American baseball catcher (World Series, NL MVP 1926, St. Louis Cardinals) and manager (St.L Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 91

About February 20, 1988

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 3 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Seasons Change - Expose
  • UK #1 Song: I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue