On This Day

What Happened in February 1994

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean
  • Feb 1 South African cricket fast bowler Fanie de Villiers bravely survives 197 minutes for 30 on last day of 3rd Test against Australia in Adelaide; Proteas finally all out 129; Australia win by 191, draw series

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Feb 1 Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his part in attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan; plea bargain, confesses to racketeering in exchange for testimony implicating ex-wife Tonya Harding

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan
  • Feb 3 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore

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Feb 3 President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Feb 3 STS-60 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • Feb 4 10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Feb 4 20 die in armed assault on mosque in Khartoum, Sudan
  • Feb 4 Merlene Ottey runs world record 50 m indoor (6.00 sec)
  • Feb 4 Russian team beats ladies world record 4x800 m indoor (8:18.71)
  • Feb 5 "Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego," debuts on Fox TV
  • Feb 5 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson, Mississippi, 30 years after the crime
  • Feb 5 68 killed and 200 wounded after a mortar bomb is set off in Sarajevo
  • Feb 6 "Government Inspector" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Feb 6 Jose Maria Figueres elected President of Costa Rica
  • Feb 6 Martti Ahtisaari elected President of Finland

  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 17-3; MVP: Andre Rison, Atlanta Falcons, WR

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 7 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

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Feb 7 Howard Stern stops a would-be jumper on the George Washington Bridge

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Feb 7 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant

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Feb 8 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Feb 8 Kapil Dev sets world record for Test Cricket wickets with 432

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev

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Feb 8 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm

Rock Star and Drummer Tommy Lee
Rock Star and Drummer
Tommy Lee
  • Feb 8 "Sátántangó", Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr, starring Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, is released

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Feb 9 Israeli minister Shimon Perez signs accord with PLO's Yasser Arafat

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Feb 10 44th Berlin International Film Festival: "In the Name of the Father" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
  • Feb 11 Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands
  • Feb 12 XVII Winter Olympic Games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Feb 12 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston

Person of InterestThe Scream

Feb 12 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo

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The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
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  • Feb 12 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m
  • Feb 12 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose
  • Feb 13 44th NBA All-Star Game, Target Centre, Minneapolis, MN: East beats West, 127-118; MVP: Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls, F
  • Feb 13 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.9m
  • Feb 13 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5000m 6:34,96

  • Feb 13 Ship disaster near Ranong Thailand, kills 200
  • Feb 14 Alexander Golubev skates Olympic record 500m (36.33)

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 14 2nd ESPY Awards: Barry Bonds, Julie Krone win

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Feb 15 US asks Aristide to adopt a peace plan from Haiti
  • Feb 15 Tom Barrasso becomes winningest US born goalie in NHL history, as the Pittsburgh Penguins win, 5-3 over visiting Winnipeg; passes record of 252 career wins set by Frank Brimsek
  • Feb 16 6.5 earthquake strikes South East Sumatra, kills 200
  • Feb 16 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 1500m (1:51.29)
  • Feb 16 Premier Alfonso Bustamente ends government in Peru
  • Feb 18 Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43)
  • Feb 18 Shreveport Pirates join Canadian Football League as 4th US-based team; fold 1995
  • Feb 20 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
  • Feb 20 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55)

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Feb 20 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Feb 20 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins his first NASCAR race; Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr killed in separate practice incidents
  • Feb 22 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya
  • Feb 23 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
  • Feb 24 Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleveland Indians' park (Jacobs Field)
  • Feb 25 Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron
  • Feb 25 Peruvian Yak-40 crashes into mountain near Tingo Maria, kills 31
  • Feb 25 New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 26 St Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 11-1
  • Feb 27 XVII Winter Olympic Games close in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Feb 27 Maronite church near Beirut bombed, 10 killed
  • Feb 28 Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand gun in the USA, comes into effect

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestHarry Styles

Feb 1 Harry Styles, British pop singer (One Direction), born in Redditch, England

Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles
  • Feb 1 Julia Garner, American Actress (Ozark), born in New York City
  • Feb 3 Tallulah Belle Willis, 3rd daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore
  • Feb 10 Makenzie Vega, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 11 Dominic Janes, American actor, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Feb 14 Paul Butcher, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 18 J-Hope [Jung Ho-seok] South Korean rapper (BTS), born in Gwangju, South Korea,
  • Feb 20 Brigid Kosgei, Kenyan athlete (marathon world record 2019; Chicago Marathon 2018-9, London Marathon 2019), born in Kenya

Person of interestDakota Fanning

Feb 23 Dakota Fanning, American actress (I Am Sam, Man of Fire), born in Conyers, Georgia

  • Feb 25 Eugenie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player (Wimbledon 2014 runner-up), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 26 Creason Carbo Moss, daughter of American actor Ronn Moss
  • Feb 27 Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player, born in Xinghua, China
  • Feb 28 Jake Bugg [Kennedy], British blues-rock singer-songwriter, and musician, born in Nottingham, England

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 3 Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons (40) in Tiburon, California

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • Feb 18 Actor Joe Pantoliano (41) weds model Nancy Sheppard (31)
  • Feb 26 Actor Dolph Lundgren (34) weds Anette Qviberg in Stockholm

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Fouad Fram al-Boustani, Lebanese historian (Rawaeaa), dies at 88
  • Feb 1 Olan Soule, American actor (My 3 Sons, Captain Midnight, Arnie), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Feb 1 John Littlejohn [Funchess], American electric blues slide guitarist ("So-Called Friends"), dies of renal failure at 62
  • Feb 2 John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 62
  • Feb 2 Stephen Barclay, actor (Pride of the Plains), dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Zilner T Randolph, jazz Trumpeter/ Arranger, dies at 95
  • Feb 4 Han Jansen, Dutch painter, dies at 62
  • Feb 4 Harold Schneider, US producer (5 Easy Pieces, War Games), dies at 55
  • Feb 4 Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist and director (KNMI), dies at 84
  • Feb 4 Justinus Darmojuwono, Indonesian archbishop/cardinal, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
  • Feb 5 Hermann Abs, German banker to Adolf Hitler & Konrad Adenauer and director of Deutsche Bank (1938-45), dies at 92
  • Feb 5 Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59

Person of interestBen Enwonwu

Feb 5 Ben Enwonwu, Nigerian painter (Portrait of Tutu), dies at 76

Artist Ben Enwonwu
Ben Enwonwu
  • Feb 6 Ignace Strasfogel, Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84

Person of interestJack Kirby

Feb 6 Jack Kirby, American cartoonist (X-Men; Spider-Man; Hulk; Captain America), dies at 76

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • Feb 6 Joseph Cotten, American actor (Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Airport 77, Hearse), dies from pneumonia at 88
  • Feb 6 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford, British actress (Present Laughter, Cleopatra, Taste the Blood of Dracula), dies from cancer at 66
  • Feb 7 Maarten Vrolijk, Dutch soc-dem minister (CRM 1965-66), dies at 74
  • Feb 7 Richard Bissell, US under director of CIA (Pig's Bay), dies at 84
  • Feb 7 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), dies of cancer at 81
  • Feb 8 Jacob Firet, Dutch theologist (Agogic Moment), dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Ken Hall, Australian director and producer (Kokoda front line), dies at 92
  • Feb 8 Raymond Scott, composer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • Feb 9 Arnold Smith, British 1st Secretary-General of Commonwealth (1965-75), dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • Feb 9 Louis Kaufman, US violinist/conductor (Gone with the Wind), dies at 88
  • Feb 9 Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist (Nobel 1975), dies at 59
  • Feb 9 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), dies at 77
  • Feb 11 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, dies at 47
  • Feb 11 Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23
  • Feb 11 William Conrad [John Cann], American actor (The Killers, Bullwinkle Show, Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Feb 11 Vincent Wigglesworth, British entomologist (Metamorphosis hormones), dies at 94
  • Feb 11 Sorrell Booke, American actor (Boss Hogg in Dukes of Hazard), dies of colorectal cancer at 64
  • Feb 12 Donald Judd, US furniture maker/architect/artist, dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate, dies at 43
  • Feb 13 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist, dies at 84
  • Feb 13 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer, dies at 79
  • Feb 14 Christopher Lasch, American historian and author (The Culture of Narcissism), dies of metastatic cancer at 61
  • Feb 14 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47
  • Feb 14 Andrei Chikatilo, Soviet-Russian serial killer who murdered at least 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990, executed by a single gunshot at 57
  • Feb 15 Andrei Tsjikatilo [Rostov Ripper], Russian mass murdered, executed
  • Feb 15 Tiger Haynes, American actor (Moscow on the Hudson, Cosby Show), dies at 79
  • Feb 15 Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), dies of heart failure 72
  • Feb 17 Randy Shilts, American journalist (& the band played on), dies of AIDs at 41
  • Feb 18 Peter Caddy, founder of the Findhorn Community, dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Derek Jarman, actor and director (Tempest), dies of AIDS at 52
  • Feb 19 Georges Watin, Algerian/French officer (OAS), dies at 71
  • Feb 19 Renske Vellinga, Dutch speed-skater, dies in auto-accident at 19
  • Feb 19 Fausto Bara, Mexican-American actor (The Renegades - "Gaucho"), dies of AIDS at 42
  • Feb 20 Derek Jarman, English director (Last of England), dies at 52
  • Feb 20 Manuel F "Garincha" dos Santos, soccer player (Brazil), dies at 49
  • Feb 21 Frederick Edward Nicklin, architect, dies at 68
  • Feb 21 William Elgin Swinton, child Psychiatrist, dies at 54
  • Feb 22 Papa John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Feb 23 Stuart Berger, doctor (Immune Power Diet), dies from obesity at 40

Person of interestDinah Shore

Feb 24 Dinah Shore, American singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), actress and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show, Nabisco DS Championship), dies of ovarian cancer at 76

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • Feb 24 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • Feb 24 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative, dies at 83
  • Feb 24 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, dies at 96
  • Feb 24 Eduard Pavlovich Kugno, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 58
  • Feb 25 Baruch Goldstein, physician/murderer (53 in mosque), lynched at 42
  • Feb 25 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies

Person of interestJersey Joe

Feb 25 Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer, dies at 80

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Feb 25 Wladyslaw Sila Lawyer Adviser to Solidarity-Nowicki, dies at 80
  • Feb 25 Yann Piat, French MP (FN/PR), murdered at 44
  • Feb 26 Avery Fisher, US audio manufacturer (1st hi-fi), dies at 87
  • Feb 26 Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austrian social philosopher, dies at 84
  • Feb 26 William Melvin "Bill" Hicks, American stand-up comedian and social critic, dies of pancreatic cancer at 32
  • Feb 27 Harold Acton, English-Italian historian and art collector, dies at 84
  • Feb 27 Karl I Pelgrom, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Laurence "Bill" Craigie, jet pioneer, dies at 92
  • Feb 27 Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austria social philosopher/economist, dies at 84
  • Feb 27 Roosevelt Holts, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 89
  • Feb 28 Aisin Giorro Pu Chieh, brother of Last Emperor of China, dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Buster Holmes, American chef and New Orleans restaurateur, dies at 88
  • Feb 28 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
  • Feb 28 G. O. Sayles, English historian, dies at 92
  • Feb 28 Leopoldina Poldi Feichtegger Gerhard, dies at 90
  • Feb 28 Pu Yi, brother of last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi, dies at 87