On This Day

What Happened on January 15, 1990

Historical Events

Boxing Title Fight

42 year old former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman stops Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds in Atlantic City in a non-title bout; Cooney's last fight

  • 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards: Santa Barbara wins
  • AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
  • Golden State coach Don Nelson becomes 2nd man in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games both as a player and coach (joining Lenny Wilkens) as the Warriors lose to the Indiana Pacers, 144-105
  • In a bizarre twist in the NHL, Washington Capitals fire coach Brian Murray, who had been head coach since 1981; replace him with his brother Terry, who had been coaching in the minors
  • In a shrewd move, Detroit Tigers sign 1st baseman Cecil Fielder who spent previous season in Japan; hits 51 homers this MLB season and becomes a premier power hitter for most of the 1990s

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Warren Jr., American actor, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Fernando Forestieri, Italian footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina

Famous Deaths

  • Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor (Upstairs, Downstairs, The Professionals, The Great Escape), dies after a short illness at 66
1990 Highlights

About January 15, 1990

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 10 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (United States)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn