What Happened in February 1990

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 2 South African President F. W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political organisations

Sports History

Feb 3 Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

Sports History

Feb 3 Jockey Bill Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race

  • Feb 4 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
  • Feb 4 Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81)
  • Feb 4 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04)
  • Feb 4 Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69)
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 27-21; MVP: Jerry Gray, LA Rams, DB

Sports History

Feb 4 Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)

  • Feb 4 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship
  • Feb 5 Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC)

Sports History

Feb 6 Brett Hull becomes 1st son of NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50

  • Feb 6 Groundbreaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium
  • Feb 6 Steve Briers of Wales recites entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • Feb 7 Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
  • Feb 7 Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores 101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half & loses 102-24
  • Feb 7 USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • Feb 8 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • Feb 8 David Hares "Racing Demon" premieres in London
  • Feb 9 "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • Feb 9 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 9 Doina Melinte runs world indoor record 1.5k (4:00:27) & mile (4:17:13)
  • Feb 9 Namibia's constitution ratified
  • Feb 9 Spacecraft Galileo flies by Venus at an altitude of 10,000 miles (16,000 km) in a gravity assist maneuver to gain speed on its way to Jupiter [1]
  • Feb 10 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)
  • Feb 10 Perrier Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 11 40th NBA All-Star Game, Miami Arena, Miami, FL: East beats West, 130-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 11 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title

  • Feb 11 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • Feb 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge

Music Concert

Feb 12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held in Beverly Hills, California; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby

  • Feb 13 50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa

Sports History

Feb 13 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games

  • Feb 13 US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify

Film & TV History

Feb 14 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London

  • Feb 14 Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some
  • Feb 14 Space probe Voyager 1 takes a photograph of the entire solar system, the images transmitted in real-time with earth a 'pale blue dot'
  • Feb 15 Baseball owners lock out players

Daytona 500

Feb 18 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins after Dale Earnhardt shreds right rear tyre on last lap

  • Feb 19 Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-9 lands

Grammy Awards

Feb 21 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards

  • Feb 21 32nd Grammy Awards: "Wind Beneath My Wings"; "Nick of Time" win
  • Feb 22 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps
  • Feb 23 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
  • Feb 23 “Hold On” single released by En Vogue (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)
  • Feb 25 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 25 Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
  • Feb 25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • Feb 26 The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
  • Feb 26 USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • Feb 27 "Hold On" single released by Wilson Phillips (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)
  • Feb 27 Exxon Corp and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)

Black Tot Day

Feb 27 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy

  • Feb 27 No-one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years
  • Feb 28 Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine
  • Feb 28 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Laura Marling, British singer-songwriter, born in Eversley, United Kingdom
  • Feb 2 Julia Fox, Italian-American actress and model (Uncut Gems), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 3 Callum Huggan, Scottish marimbist and percussionist, born in Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Feb 3 Cody Newton Gifford, American write, producer, son of Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 3 Sean Kingston, American reggae rapper
  • Feb 4 Haruka Tomatsu, Japanese Seiyū, born in Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan
  • Feb 4 Zach King, American internet personality (TikTok, YouTube), filmmaker and illusionist, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Feb 7 Seán McLoughlin [Jacksepticeye], Irish Youtuber, born in Athlone, Ireland
  • Feb 7 Steven Stamkos, Canadian ice hockey player

Bethany Hamilton

Feb 8 Bethany Hamilton, American pro-surfer (Soul Surfer), born in Lihue, Hawaii

  • Feb 8 Klay Thompson, American basketball guard (3-time NBA champion GS Warriors 2015, 17, 18, Olympic gold 2016), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 9 Camille Winbush, American actress
  • Feb 11 Princess Ayah of Jordan, niece of King Abdullah II of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Feb 11 Q'orianka Kilcher, American actress (The New World), singer, and human rights activist, born in Schweigmatt, West Germany
  • Feb 12 Robert Griffin III, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2011, Baylor; NFL Pro Bowl 2012, Washington Redskins; Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Okinawa, Japan

El Rubius

Feb 13 El Rubius [Rubén Doblas Gundersen], Spanish YouTube star (6th most subscribed channel), born in Mijas, Spain

  • Feb 13 Olivia Federici, British synchronized swimmer, born in Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Feb 15 Erwin Sak, Polish football goalkeeper (Stomil Olstyn), born in Lublin, Poland

The Weeknd

Feb 16 The Weeknd [Abel Tesfaye] Canadian pop and R&B singer- songwriter (After Hours; Beauty Behind the Madness), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • Feb 21 Kang Ha-neul, South Korean actor (When the Camellia Blooms), born in Busan, South Korea
  • Feb 24 Ryan Swain, English presenter (Minister FM), born in Malton, England

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 2 Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Engl princess Alexandra) weds Paul Mowatt

Rowan Atkinson

Feb 5 British comic actor Rowan Atkinson (35) weds Sunetra Sastry in New York


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), dies at 56
  • Feb 2 Joel Fluellen, American actor (Porgy and Bess, Burning Cross, Learning Tree), commits suicide at 82
  • Feb 4 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Jane Novak, silent screen actress (Ghost Town), dies of stroke at 94
  • Feb 6 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter (All the Way, Love & Marriage), dies following a stroke at 77
  • Feb 6 John Merivale, actor (Caltiki), dies
  • Feb 7 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
  • Feb 7 Dom Heider Camara, nonviolent/human rights Bishop of Brazil, dies
  • Feb 7 Nathan Wartels, publisher (Crown), dies at 88 of pneumonia
  • Feb 8 Del Shannon [Charles Westover], American rock musician and songwriter ("Runaway"), commits suicide at 55
  • Feb 8 George de Mestral, Swiss engineer (invented Velcro), dies at 83
  • Feb 13 Ken Lynch, actor (Paratroop Command, Legend of Tom Dooley), dies at 79
  • Feb 14 Graeme Hole, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests, 6 x 50; NSW CA), dies from cancer at 59
  • Feb 14 Jean Wallace [Walasek], actress (Big Combo), dies of hemorrhage at 66
  • Feb 14 Tony Holiday, German singer
  • Feb 15 Henry Brandon [Heinrich von Kleinbach], German-American actor (The Searchers, Assault on Precinct 13, Drums of Fu Manchu), dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Feb 15 Jack Fletcher, American actor (Calucci's Department, Once Upon a Mattress), dies of heart attack at 68

Keith Haring

Feb 16 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of AIDS at 31

  • Feb 17 Erik Rhodes [Ernest Sharpe], American actor (Top Hat, Night at the Ritz), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • Feb 17 Frans Kellendonk, Dutch writer (Good for Nothing), dies at 39
  • Feb 17 Hap Day, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Stanley Cup 1932 [captain], 42, 45, 47, 48, 1949 [coach], 1951 [assistant manager]; Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 88
  • Feb 17 Marc Clement, actor (Career Opportunities, Sluggers Wife), dies at 39
  • Feb 18 Hulk, fictional character in "Death of Incredible Hulk" on NBC, dies
  • Feb 19 Michael Powell, English director (Life & Death of Col Blimp), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Stephen Burns, American actor (Casey's Shadow), dies from AIDS complications at 35
  • Feb 23 Annelien Kappeyne van de Coppello, Dutch lawyer and politician (Liberal), dies at 53
  • Feb 23 James Gavin, US 82nd Airborne Division General (Sicily/Normandy), dies at 82
  • Feb 23 Jose Napoleon Duarte, president of Salvador (1984-89), dies at 62
  • Feb 24 Johnnie Ray, American singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61

Malcolm Forbes

Feb 24 Malcolm Forbes, American publisher of Forbes Magazine, dies of a heart attack at 70

  • Feb 24 Sandro Pertini, 7th President of Italy (1978-85), dies at 93
  • Feb 24 Tony Conigliaro, baseball player (Red Sox), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Feb 26 Cornell Gunther, American musician (The Coasters - "Poison Ivy"), dies at 53
  • Feb 26 Maurine Stuart, Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
  • Feb 26 Scott Jarvis, American theatrical actor and singer (1776; Here's Where I Belong), dies of AIDS at 48
  • Feb 27 Les Ames, English cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (47 Tests, 97 dismissals, 2,434 runs @ 40.56), dies at 84
  • Feb 27 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
  • Feb 28 Colin Milburn, English cricket batsman (9 Tests, 2 x 100, 2 x 50, HS 139; Northamptonshire CCC, MCC, WA CA), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Feb 28 Fabia Drake, actress (Nice Girl Like Me), dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies