On This Day

What Happened in February 1992

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "Crazy He Calls Me" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 7 performances

Contract of Interest

Feb 1 Slugging outfielder Barry Bonds signs highest single year contract in MLB history, $4.7 million with Pittsburgh Pirates

Sports History

Feb 1 Defenseman Denis Potvin's #5 becomes first number retired by NY Islanders; Potvin played entire 15 year NHL career in NY

  • Feb 2 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45.02 sec)

Sports History

Feb 2 David Boon's 13 Test Cricket century, 107 v India at Perth

Music History

Feb 2 IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)

  • Feb 2 Australian Kieren Perkins swims 1,500m freestyle short course world record, 14:32.40 at AIS, Canberra, Australia
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 21-15; MVP: Michael Irvin, Dallas Cowboys, WR

Historic Event

Feb 3 Defense opens calling Noriega "our ally in war on drugs"

  • Feb 3 Labor strike at Royal Canadian Mint ends
  • Feb 3 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $300 per week
  • Feb 5 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Dilip Vengsarkar
  • Feb 5 Mike Whitney career-best 7-27 at WACA in Test Cricket win v India
  • Feb 6 "Late Night's 10th Anniversary Show At Radio City Music Hall" on NBC
  • Feb 6 The Sámi people of the far northern Nordic countries have an official day celebrating their existence

Sports History

Feb 7 Mike Tyson testifies in his rape trial

  • Feb 7 Shannon LA Rhea Marketic, 22, (California), crowned 41st Miss USA
  • Feb 7 Maastricht Treaty signed by 12 countries from the European Community (EC) to create the European Union (EU)
  • Feb 8 "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at #1
  • Feb 8 XVI Winter Olympic Games opens in Albertville, France
  • Feb 8 Ulysses spacecraft passes Jupiter
  • Feb 9 "2 Shakespearean Actors" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 29 performances

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 9 42nd NBA All-Star Game, Orlando Arena, Orlando, FL: West beats East, 153-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F

  • Feb 9 Fastest yodeler-22 tones/15 falsetto in 1 sec by Thomas School of Germany
  • Feb 9 Heike Henkel high jumps female indoor world record (2.07m)
  • Feb 9 Jani Sievinen swims world record 400m medley (4:07.10)
  • Feb 10 "Dangerous Women" final episode on WWOR-TV

Olympic Gold

Feb 10 Bonnie Blair wins 1992 Olympics 1st gold medal for USA

  • Feb 10 Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana
  • Feb 11 F-16 jet crashes at residential district of Hengelo, Netherlands (No deaths)
  • Feb 11 Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400m (44.97 sec)
  • Feb 13 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 229 performances

Sports History

Feb 13 Jose Canseco repeatedly rams his Porsche into wife Esther's BMW

  • Feb 13 West beats East 14 to 9 in Major Soccer League all star game
  • Feb 13 42nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Grand Canyon" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 14 Andre Cason runs world record 60 m indoor (6.41 sec)
  • Feb 14 Cease fire in Somalia begins
  • Feb 14 Kieren John Perkins swims world record 800m freestyle (7:46.60)
  • Feb 14 Merlene Ottey runs world record 60m indoor (6.96 sec)

Film Premiere

Feb 14 Comedy film "Wayne's World" starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, based on their Saturday Night Live sketch premieres

  • Feb 15 100th episode of "Cops" airs on Fox

Historic Event

Feb 15 Jeffrey Dahmer found sane and guilty of killing 15 boys

Historic Event

Feb 16 Ethiopia finds the remains of former Emperor Haile Selassie on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, under the private lavatory of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, who overthrew the Emperor

  • Feb 16 34th Daytona 500: Davey Allison joins father Bobby as a race winner; Richard Petty and A.J. Foyt's final drives in the event
  • Feb 19 Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances
  • Feb 19 Peter Collins discovers nova Cygni 1992
  • Feb 19 Porn producer Jim Mitchell found guilty of killing his brother Artie
  • Feb 19 Professional Spring Football League announces end of operations, 10 days before the scheduled season opener; 10 teams had players in camp and practicing, and rosters cut down to 60 players
  • Feb 19 In a blockbuster NHL trade, Pittsburgh Penguins send Mark Recchi, Brian Benning & LA's 1st round 1992 pick (Jason Bowen) to the Philadelphia Flyers for Kjell Samuelsson, Rick Tocchet & Ken Wregget

Music History

Feb 20 Revival of Noël Coward's stage comedy "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 37 performances

  • Feb 20 Orthodox patriarch Shenouda III visits Netherlands
  • Feb 21 Kristi Yamaguchi of US wins Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating
  • Feb 22 "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" closes at Music Box NYC
  • Feb 22 Barry Diller resigns as CEO of Fox

Music History

Feb 22 Barbra Streisand surprises cast members in a cameo appearance at the end of a "Coffee Talk" sketch on "Saturday Night Live"

  • Feb 23 XVI Winter Olympic Games close in Albertville, France
  • Feb 23 Andy Flower scores 115* on ODI debut, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka
  • Feb 23 World Cup scoreline Zimbabwe 4-312, Sri Lanka 7-313
  • Feb 23 The Socialist Labour Party is founded in Georgia
  • Feb 25 34th Grammy Awards: "Unforgettable"; , Marc Cohn win
  • Feb 25 Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan

Grammy Awards

Feb 25 Muddy Waters wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards

  • Feb 26 "Search & Destroy" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 46 performances
  • Feb 26 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
  • Feb 26 200+ Azerbaijanis, mostly civilians are killed by local Armenian forces and the 366th CIS regiment in the Khojaly massacre in Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Feb 27 Larry Smith named 9th Commissioner of the CFL

Sports History

Feb 29 Boston’s Ray Bourque becomes just the 3rd defenseman in NHL history to score 1,000 career points with a goal and 2 assists in the Bruins' 5-5 tie with Washington Capitals at Boston Garden

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Rebop Rundgren, son of Michelle Gray & Todd
  • Feb 2 Danielle White, American singer


Feb 5 Neymar Jr., Brazilian soccer forward (world record transfer fee $263m FC Barcelona to PSG), born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo

  • Feb 7 Miguel Andres Matienzo Guerra, Mexican athlete
  • Feb 7 Maimi Yajima, Japanese singer
  • Feb 11 Taylor Lautner, American actor, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 11 Blair Dunlop, English actor, born in Chesterfield, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Freddie Highmore, English actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; August Rush; The Good Doctor), born in Camden Town, London
  • Feb 14 Christian Eriksen, Danish soccer midfielder (109 caps; Ajax, Tottenham, Inter Milan; survived cardiac arrest on field 2021), born in Middelfart, Denmark
  • Feb 17 Meaghan Martin, American pop singer (Camp Rock), and actress (10 Things I Hate About You), born in Fallon, Nevada
  • Feb 18 Jacqueline Toboni, American actress (Grimm), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 18 Logan Miller, American actor (Love, Simon; Escape Room), born in Englewood, Colorado
  • Feb 19 Camille Kostek, American model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue), born in Killingworth, Connecticut
  • Feb 21 Phil Jones, English footballer (Manchester United), born in Preston, England
  • Feb 22 Natasha Cloud, American basketball player (Washington Mystics) and activist, born in Broomall, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 25 Libby [Elizabeth] Callahan, sport pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Feb 25 Hideki Matsuyama, Japanese golfer (US Masters 2021; US Open 2017 runner-up), born in Matsuyama, Japan
  • Feb 25 Rose Matafeo, New Zealand comedian and actress (Starstruck), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 27 Ziwe Fumudoh, American comedian and writer (Baited), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 22 Ed McMahon (69) weds Pamela Hurn (37)

Wedding of Interest

Feb 24 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (27) weds lead singer Kurt Cobain (25) on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 George Berkeley, American actor (Life Stinks, Capts & Kings), dies at 70
  • Feb 1 Irving Kaufman, American federal judge (Rosenberg Case), dies at 81
  • Feb 2 Bert Parks [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), dies at 77
  • Feb 2 Jack [John T] Aitken, British anatomist, dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Maurice J Hill, writer (Track of Thunder), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • Feb 2 Maurice L Kusell, dies
  • Feb 4 Fred Slyter, dialogue coach, dies after long illness at 56
  • Feb 4 John Dehner [Forkum], American actor (The Right Stuff, Big Hawaii, Bare Essence), dies of emphysema and diabetes at 76
  • Feb 4 Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish supermodel, dies at 80
  • Feb 4 Andries Antonie Rieu, Dutch conductor (Maastricht Symphony Orchestra, 1949-80), dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Donald Zimmerman, editor, dies
  • Feb 5 Laura Liddell, English actress (Shakespeare Wallah), dies at 83
  • Feb 5 Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 6 Frank Wilson, actor (Beware, Sunday Sinners, Club), dies at 37
  • Feb 6 Wade Preston, actor (Man Called Sledge), dies at 62
  • Feb 7 Jeanne Gerson, dies of cancer & pneumonia at 87
  • Feb 7 Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • Feb 8 Baruch Lumet, American actor (Killer Shrews), dies at 93
  • Feb 8 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, dies at 67

Alex Haley

Feb 10 Alex Haley, American writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), dies at 70

  • Feb 10 Florence Tarlow, dies of cancer at 70
  • Feb 10 Mau Kopuit, Dutch editor-in-chief (New Israeli Weekly Newspaper), dies
  • Feb 10 Meade Roberts, screenwriter, dies of congestive heart failure at 61
  • Feb 10 Thomas Graftdijk, Dutch writer (Dr Faustus), dies
  • Feb 10 Wim Ramaker, Dutch director/writer (On Death Track), dies
  • Feb 11 Raymond "Ray" Danton, American actor and director (Longest Day, Psychic Killer), dies at 60
  • Feb 12 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, Dutch boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), dies
  • Feb 12 Ton Brandsteder, CEO (Sony Netherland BV), dies at 74
  • Feb 13 Dorothy Tree [Triebitz], American actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois; Confessions Of A Nazi Spy; The Asphalt Jungle), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Feb 13 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist and writer (Restless Travel), dies at 61
  • Feb 13 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, dies at 82
  • Feb 14 Angelique Pettyjohn [Dorothy Lee Perrins], American actress (Clambake; Repo Man), and burlesque queen, dies of from cervical cancer at 48
  • Feb 14 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic bronze, 1948 & silver, 1952), dies at 67
  • Feb 15 William Schuman, American composer (Pulitzer Prize, 1943), and administrator (Juilliard, 1945-61; Lincoln Center, 1961-68), dies at 81
  • Feb 15 María Elena Moyano, Peruvian activist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 16 Abbas al-Musawi, influential Lebanese Shia cleric, and founder and leader of Hezbollah, assassinated by Israel Defense Forces at 39
  • Feb 16 Angela Carter, English novelist (Magic Toyshop) and journalist, dies of cancer at 51
  • Feb 16 George Mann MacBeth, Scottish journalist/poet (A War Quartet), dies
  • Feb 16 Janio Quadros, president of Brazil (1961), dies
  • Feb 19 Chet Leaming, dies after brief illness at 66
  • Feb 20 Andrew Schenck, American conductor, dies of melanoma at 51
  • Feb 20 Dick York, American actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind), dies of emphysema at 63
  • Feb 20 Joan Dixon, actress (Hot Lead, Bunco Squad, Gunplay), dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Roberto D'Aubuisson, El Salvadorian founder (ARENA), dies
  • Feb 20 Eugene R. Black, American President of World Bank (1953-62), dies at 93
  • Feb 20 A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (member of Group of Seven), dies at 93
  • Feb 21 Eva Jessye, American singer and choral director (Eva Jessye Choir - "Four Saints in Three Acts";"Porgy and Bess"), dies at 97
  • Feb 21 Franc Holden, British astronomer (Binary Stars), dies
  • Feb 21 Jane Pickens, American stage (Regina) and pop-harmony, singer, dies of heart failure at 83
  • Feb 21 William Magginetti, American producer and set designer, dies at 98
  • Feb 23 Jacquelyn Hyde, American actress (Dark, House of Terror), dies at 61
  • Feb 23 Markos Vafiades, leader (ELAS, 1943-49), dies
  • Feb 24 Kay Loring, dies after long illness
  • Feb 25 Guy Deghy, actor (Matter of Who, 1 Eyed Soldiers), dies at 79
  • Feb 25 John E Allen Jr, actor (1 2 3), dies
  • Feb 25 Ollie O'Toole, dies after long illness at 79
  • Feb 26 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch road and track cyclist (World Champion Track Pursuit 1948), dies at 76
  • Feb 26 Jean R Yawkey, owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of a stroke at 83
  • Feb 27 S. I. Hayakawa, Canadian-American academic, politician (U.S. Senator from California, 1977–83) and writer (Language in Action), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Feb 27 Marinus Ruppert, Dutch trade union leader (CNV), dies at 80
  • Feb 28 Emilla Sherman, choreographer/rockette, dies
  • Feb 28 La Lupe [Guadalupe Yolí Raymond], Cuban salsa, boleros, and guarachas singer, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • Feb 29 Earl Scheib, CEO (Earl Scheib Auto Paint), dies at 85
  • Feb 29 Johnny Mack, British actor (Time Lord-Dr Who), dies at 70
  • Feb 29 Ruth Pitter, British poet and 1st woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955, dies at 94