What Happened on February 12, 1989

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 39th NBA All-Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: West beats East, 143-134; MVP: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz, F
  • 5 Pakistani Muslim rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
  • 50th PGA Seniors Championship, PGA National GC: Larry Mowry wins only career major title; beats Miller Barber & Al Geiberger by 1 stroke
  • Barbara Harris becomes 1st female bishop of a US Episcopal church
  • Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
  • Loyalist paramilitary group kill Pat Finucane, a Belfast lawyer who represented republican hunger striker Bobby Sands, while he is having dinner with family
  • Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
  • US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman

Famous Deaths

  • Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", dies at 58