On This Day

What Happened on February 12, 1989

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 Men's Golf, 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
  • 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

Sports History

Wayne Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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
1989 Highlights

About February 12, 1989

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 32 years, 8 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aquarius