On This Day

What Happened in February 1991

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Afghanistan and Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
  • Feb 1 Australian cricket fast bowler Craig McDermott sets up a 9 wicket, 5th Test win over England with a career best 8-97 in Perth

Historic Event

Feb 1 South African President F. W. de Klerk says he will repeal all apartheid laws

  • Feb 1 US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32

Historic Publication

Feb 1 American writer John Grisham publishes his second novel "The Firm" (bestselling novel of the year)

  • Feb 2 Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington
  • Feb 2 NH snaps its 32-game losing streak at home beating Holy Cross, 72-56
  • Feb 2 US postage is raised from 25 cents to 29 cents

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Sting scores his second UK #1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

  • Feb 3 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-21; MVP: Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills, QB

Hall of Fame

Feb 4 Baseball's Hall of Fame board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose, due to his betting on games while a player and manager

World Record

Feb 4 NZ cricketers Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand, against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

  • Feb 4 US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents

Film & TV History

Feb 4 Alex Trebek becomes first person to host three American game shows at the same time (Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth)

Historic Event

Feb 5 A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides

  • Feb 5 All American Bowl ends after 14 years
  • Feb 5 Big East Football conference forms
  • Feb 5 LA King Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHler to score 1000 points

Sports History

Feb 5 Howard Stern kisses NY Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet, Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Super Bowl

  • Feb 6 Mousey Davis becomes 1st coach of NY-NJ Knights
  • Feb 7 Jean-Bertrand Aristide sworn in as Haiti's 1st elected president

Hall of Fame

Feb 7 Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin & Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame

  • Feb 7 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.

Contract of Interest

Feb 8 Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract

  • Feb 9 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • Feb 9 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5k (6:41:73)

Sports History

Feb 9 Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him

  • Feb 9 US Supreme Court agrees to hear Joseph Doherty case
  • Feb 9 Wally Joyner wins record $2.1 million salary arbitration
  • Feb 10 "La Bete" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 24 performances

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 10 41st NBA All-Star Game, Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC: East beats West, 116-114; Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers, F

  • Feb 10 Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54)
  • Feb 10 Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • Feb 11 Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) forms in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
  • Feb 12 North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
  • Feb 13 Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel
  • Feb 13 US bombs Iraqi air raid shelter, killing 334
  • Feb 13 US air raid on the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad kills more than 408 civilians
  • Feb 14 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances
  • Feb 14 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration

Film Release

Feb 14 "The Silence of the Lambs" film based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is released (Best Picture 1992)

  • Feb 15 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
  • Feb 15 Troy State sets NCAA Div II record with 103 points in 2nd half routing DeVry Institute 187-117
  • Feb 15 Daily market volatility as Hussein mentions withdrawal, but Bush calls his offer a "cruel hoax"
  • Feb 15 41st Berlin International Film Festival: "The House of Smiles" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 16 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands

Sports History

Feb 16 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

  • Feb 17 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Feb 17 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan, driving for Morgan-McClure Motorsports coasts to win after challengers crash on finals laps

Sports History

Feb 18 Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse & shuts out NJ Devils 4-0

Album Release

Feb 19 Geffen Records releases "Night Ride Home", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 14th studio album

  • Feb 20 Alan Ayckbourn's stage farce "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 78 performances

Grammy Awards

Feb 20 33rd Grammy Awards: "Another Day in Paradise"; Mariah Carey win

Historic Event

Feb 20 A gigantic statue of Albania's long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters

Music History

Feb 21 Neil Simon's stage comedy "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 780 performances

  • Feb 21 USSR announces that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable
  • Feb 22 Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA

Sports History

Feb 22 Test Cricket debut of Sanath Jayasuriya, vs NZ at Hamilton

Historic Event

Feb 23 US President George H. W. Bush gives Iraq a 24-hour deadline to withdraw from Kuwait or face a ground war

  • Feb 23 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • Feb 23 NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
  • Feb 24 "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances
  • Feb 24 End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
  • Feb 24 US-led forces begin Operation Desert Sabre, the ground invasion of southern Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait
  • Feb 25 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)

Sports History

Feb 25 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

  • Feb 25 US, barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28
  • Feb 26 Asanka Gurusinha scores twin Test Cricket tons v NZ (119 & 102)

Hall of Fame

Feb 26 Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Feb 26 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
  • Feb 26 NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together
  • Feb 26 Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future

Highway of Death

Feb 26 Coalition planes bomb Iraqi forces retreating from Kuwait during the Gulf War, killing hundreds and creating the so-called 'Highway of Death'

  • Feb 27 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow" premieres in London
  • Feb 27 Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16

Music History

Feb 27 Singer James Brown is paroled from prison after serving 2 years of 6 year sentence for weapon and drug related convictions

  • Feb 28 Gulf War ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait
  • Feb 28 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam
  • Feb 28 Steve Tesich's stage drama "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances

Sports History

Feb 28 Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain

  • Feb 28 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m indoor (3:34:16)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jasmine Tookes, American model (Victoria's Secret), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • Feb 7 Rachel Sibner, American actress
  • Feb 7 Spencer Elden, baby and model on grunge rock band Nirvana's "Nevermind" album cover (1991)
  • Feb 10 Emma Roberts, American actress, born in Rhinebeck, New York

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Feb 11 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Canadian NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs, NY Jets), born in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec

  • Feb 12 Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa, prince of Bahrain, born in Riffa, Bahrain (d. 2006)
  • Feb 15 Nicholas Garland, son of Pamela Sue Martin, born in Hampstead, United Kingdom

Bonnie Wright

Feb 17 Bonnie Wright, British actress (Ginny Weasley in "Harry Potter" franchise), born in London, England

Ed Sheeran

Feb 17 Ed Sheeran, English singer-songwriter ("Shape of You"; "Thinking Out Loud"), born in Halifax, England

  • Feb 19 Lina Hidalgo, American politician (County Judge Harris County), born in Bogota, Colombia
  • Feb 19 Dasha Nekrasova. Belarusian-American actress (Succession) and filmmaker), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Feb 20 Sally Rooney, Irish writer (Normal People), born in Castlebar, Ireland
  • Feb 21 Joe Alwyn, British actor (Harriet), born in Tunbridge Wells, England
  • Feb 21 Suppasit Jongcheveevat, Thai singer-songwriter and actor, born in Nonthaburi, Thailand
  • Feb 27 Azeem Rafiq, Yorkshire CCC & English U15 captain, born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Feb 28 Sarah Bolger, Irish actress, born in Dublin, Ireland

Famous Weddings

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Feb 9 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds (his 3rd) equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London

Meg Ryan

Feb 14 Actress Meg Ryan (29) weds actor Dennis Quaid (37)

George Brett

Feb 15 Baseball superstar George Brett (37) weds Leslie Davenport in Manhattan Beach, California

Bill Bixby

Feb 22 American actor Bill Bixby (57) weds Laura Michael (32)


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Carol Dempster, American film actress (Sally of Sawdust, America), dies at 89
  • Feb 1 Annie van Ommeren-Averink [Hanna Jacoba of Ommeren-Averink], Dutch politician (CPN), dies at 77
  • Feb 1 Jimmy MacDonald, Scottish-American voice actor (Mickey Mouse), dies at 84
  • Feb 1 Phil Watson, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1940 [NYR], 1944 [Montreal Canadiens]) & coach (NY Rangers), dies at 76
  • Feb 3 Nancy Kulp, American actress (The Beverly Hillbillies, The Aristocats, Shane), dies of cancer at 69
  • Feb 3 Harry Ackerman, American TV executive producer (b. 1912)
  • Feb 4 Bob Leslie, American actor (Cinderella; Mako: Jaws of Death), dies at 64
  • Feb 5 Dean Jagger, American actor (White Christmas, Vanishing Point), dies at about 87
  • Feb 5 Pedro Arrupe, Spanish priest/Jesuit, dies at 83
  • Feb 6 Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Feb 6 Marten Levendig, Dutch TV correspondent to Moscow, dies
  • Feb 6 Salvador Luria, Italian-American microbiologist (Nobel Prize 1969), dies at 78
  • Feb 7 Dick Winslow, American actor (Tom Sawyer, Mutiny on the Bounty), dies at 75
  • Feb 7 Gladys LaVerne, dies of heart problems at 87
  • Feb 7 Amos Yarkoni, legendary Israeli soldier (b. 1920)
  • Feb 7 Jean-Paul Mousseau, Quebec painter, member of Les Automatistes (b. 1927)
  • Feb 7 John Steinbeck IV, American author and journalist
  • Feb 8 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 2 wickets; Punjab), dies at 47
  • Feb 9 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • Feb 10 Walter Klien, Austrian pianist, dies of cancer at 62
  • Feb 11 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building, Centre Pompidou), dies at 90
  • Feb 11 Robert W. Holley, American biochemist who worked with RNA (Nobel Prize 1968), dies at 71
  • Feb 11 Ajla Rachmanova, Russian-Austrian author (Students), dies at 92
  • Feb 12 Edward A Blatt, director (Between 2 Worlds), dies at 88
  • Feb 12 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), dies at 80
  • Feb 12 Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • Feb 13 Bernard Sauer, Yiddish actor, dies of heart attack at 67
  • Feb 13 Eddie Bartell, actor (Every Night at Eight), dies at 83
  • Feb 13 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, dies after a heart bypass operation at 60
  • Feb 14 Arno Breker, German architect and sculptor (Third Reich), dies at 90
  • Feb 14 John A McCone, Head of CIA (1961-65), dies
  • Feb 14 Carlo L. Golino, Italian-American scholar, dies at 77
  • Feb 14 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), dies at 68
  • Feb 15 Gary Gears, Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack
  • Feb 15 Luis Escobar, Spanish actor (Don Juan My Love), dies at 78
  • Feb 16 Enrique B Varela, commandant Nicaragua contra's, dies
  • Feb 17 Enrique Bermudez, Nicaraguan commandant, founder of the Nicaraguan Contras, assassinated at 58
  • Feb 19 Peggy Mondo, American actress (Who's Minding the Store), dies at 50
  • Feb 21 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), dies at 71
  • Feb 21 Roger Swaybill, American actor and writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point), dies at 47
  • Feb 21 Nutan Bahl, Indian actress (Seema, Bandini), dies of breast cancer at 54
  • Feb 24 George Gobel, Chicago, comedian (George Gobel Show), dies at 71
  • Feb 24 Jean Rogers, actress (Flash Gordon, Hot Cargo), dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Marcella Markham, dies of breast cancer at 68
  • Feb 24 Webb Pierce, American honky-tonk country singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("In The Jailhouse Now"; "Wondering"; "There Stands The Glass"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 64
  • Feb 24 H├ęctor Rial, Spanish soccer striker (Real Madrid, 5 straight Euro Cup C'ships 1956-60), dies at 62
  • Feb 25 Mhlabunzima Maphumulo, South African Kwazulu politician (first President of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA)), dies at 41
  • Feb 26 (Bulee) "Slim" Galliard, American jazz singer, musician, songwriter ("Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)"), and actor, dies of cancer at 75
  • Feb 27 Hein van Royen, Dutch director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (1974-91), dies at 52
  • Feb 27 Robert-Jan Akkerman, Dutch diplomat (to Tunis), murdered
  • Feb 28 Guillermo Ungo, member of El Salvador junta (1979-80), dies
  • Feb 28 Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)