What Happened in February 1991

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Afghanistan and Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
  • Feb 1 Craig McDermott takes 8-97 v England at the WACA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Feb 1 US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32

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

Writer John Grisham
Writer
John Grisham
  • 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

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Feb 2 Sting scores his second UK No.1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting

Hall of fameHall 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

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Feb 4 Batsmen Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand for New Zealand v Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • Feb 4 US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents

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

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • 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

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

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 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 fameHall of Fame

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

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • Feb 7 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.

AgreementContract of Interest

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

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Feb 9 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • Feb 9 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5k (6:41:73)
  • 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
  • Feb 10 41st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 116-114 at Charlotte
  • Feb 10 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
  • Feb 10 Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54)
  • Feb 10 Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • Feb 11 UNPO, Unrepresented Nations & People Org 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 premierFilm 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
  • 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 wins (148.148 MPH)

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

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • Feb 20 "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 78 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 20 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • 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

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Feb 21 Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 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
  • Feb 22 Test Cricket debut of Sanath Jayasuriya, vs NZ at Hamilton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 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 23 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • 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*)

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

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

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Feb 27 Singer James Brown is released from prison

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 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 "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Feb 28 Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain
  • Feb 28 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m indoor (3:34:16)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 7 Rachel Sibner, American actress
  • Feb 10 Emma Roberts, American actress
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Actress Bonnie Wright
Actress
Bonnie Wright

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran
  • Feb 27 Azeem Rafiq, Yorkshire CCC & English U15 captain
  • Feb 28 Sarah Bolger, Irish actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Meg Ryan
Actress
Meg Ryan

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 22 Actor Bill Bixby (57) weds Laura Michael (32)

Actor Bill Bixby
Actor
Bill Bixby

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Carol Dempster, actress (Sally of Sawdust, America), dies at 89
  • Feb 1 Annie van Ommeren-Averink [Hanna Jacoba of Ommeren-Averink], Dutch politician (CPN), dies
  • Feb 1 James G MacDonald, cartoon voice (Mickey Mouse), dies at 84
  • Feb 1 Phil Watson, NHL coach (NY Rangers), dies
  • Feb 3 Nancy Kulp, actress (Jane Hathaway-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • Feb 3 Harry Ackerman, American TV executive producer (b. 1912)
  • Feb 4 Bob Leslie, 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 biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • Feb 7 Dick Winslow, 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 Bux, cricketer (2 Tests for Pakistan 1954-55), 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, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1922)
  • 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 14 Arno Breker, German sculptor (Third Reich), dies at 90
  • Feb 14 John A McCone, Head of CIA (1961-65), dies
  • 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, commandant (Contra), dies
  • Feb 19 Peggy Mondo, actress (Who's Minding the Store), dies at 50
  • Feb 21 Margot Fonteyn, ballerina (1st lady of British Ballet), dies at 71
  • Feb 21 Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point), dies at 47
  • 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, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64
  • Feb 26 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies at 75
  • Feb 27 H J of Royen, manager Dutch (Concertgebouw Orch), 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)