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

Sports History

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

  • Feb 3 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore

Historic Event

Feb 3 President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam

  • 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

Murder of Interest

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 Awards

Feb 7 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

Film & TV History

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

  • Feb 7 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant

Sports History

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

World Record

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

Music History

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

  • Feb 8 "Sátántangó", Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr, starring Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, is released

Historic Event

Feb 9 Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Perez signs accord with PLO's 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

The Scream

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

  • Feb 12 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m
  • Feb 12 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose

NBA All-Star Game

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)

ESPY Awards

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

  • 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

World Record

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)

Historic Event

Feb 20 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

  • 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

Hall of Fame

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

Harry Styles

Feb 1 Harry Styles, British pop singer (One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"; solo - "Sign of the Times"), born in Redditch, England

  • Feb 1 Julia Garner, American Actress (Ozark), born in New York City
  • Feb 3 Tallulah Belle Willis, American 3rd daughter of actors Bruce Willis & Demi Moore
  • Feb 8 (Nicole) "Nikki" Yanofsky, Canadian jazz-pop singer ("I Believe"), born in Montreal, Quebec.
  • 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 14 Becky Hill, English singer (Remember), born in Bewdley, England
  • Feb 16 Ava Max [Amanda Ava Koci], American singer-songwriter (Sweet But Psycho), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 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

Dakota Fanning

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

  • Feb 23 Little Simz [Simbiatu Ajikawo], English rapper and actress (Sometimes I might be Introvert), born in London, England
  • 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 26 Ahmet Çalık, Turkish soccer centre-back (8 caps; Gençlerbirliği, Galatasaray, Konyaspor), born in Ankara, Turkey (d. 2022)
  • 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

Jerry Garcia

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

  • Feb 18 Actor Joe Pantoliano (41) weds model Nancy Sheppard (31)
  • Feb 26 Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren (34) weds Anette Qviberg (25) at Church of St. Eleanore, Stockholm; divorce in 2011

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 "Mother" Smith (née Ford), American gospel singer, evangelist, and folk artist, dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Zilner Randolph, American jazz trumpeter, arranger, and music educator, 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

Ben Enwonwu

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

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

Jack Kirby

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

  • 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, American 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-American soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • Feb 9 Louis Kaufman, American violinist and 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, American minimalist sculptor and artist, dies of cancer 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 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

Dinah 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

  • Feb 24 Donald Phillips, pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Jean Sablon, French pop 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
  • 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 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