On This Day

What Happened in February 1995

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Amtrak NY-Tampa run ends
  • Feb 1 Zimbabwe batsmen Andy (156) & Grant Flower (201) set world record brotherly stand of 269 to propel Zimbabwe to first ever victory in Test cricket in 1st Test against Pakistan in Harare
  • Feb 1 Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air

Sports History

Feb 1 Utah Jazz guard John Stockton passes Magic Johnson's all-time NBA assists mark of 9,221, in a 129-98 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Delta Centre in Salt Lake City

  • Feb 2 "Molière Comedies" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Feb 2 Henry Olonga no-balled for throwing in Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Cricket
  • Feb 2 US space shuttle Discovery launched
  • Feb 3 STS 63 (Discovery 19), launches into orbit
  • Feb 4 Australian cricketer Dean Jones completes 324* for Victoria v South Australia
  • Feb 4 Sandra Volker swims female European record 50m backstroke (27.77)
  • Feb 4 Zimbabwe's 1st Test Cricket victory, over Pakistan by an inning
  • Feb 5 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 41-13; MVP: Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis Colts, RB, HI
  • Feb 5 Japan's Shinshinto Party wins local elections

Sports History

Feb 6 MLB outfielder Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days for positive cocaine test

  • Feb 6 Greg Blewett scores his 2nd century in his 2nd Test Cricket

Sports History

Feb 7 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Graham Gooch & Mike Gatting

Album Release

Feb 7 Bluegrass and country musician Alison Krauss releases her compilation album "Now that I've Found You"

Album Release

Feb 7 "The Woman in Me" second studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1996)

  • Feb 8 6.4 earthquake at Trujillo, Colombia (46+ killed)
  • Feb 9 Augustus and Ruth Goetz' stage drama "The Heiress" opens at Cort Theater, NYC; runs for 340 performances
  • Feb 9 Irina Privalova runs female world record 50m (5.96 sec)
  • Feb 9 STS-63 - 2nd mission of US/Russian Shuttle-Mir Program goes into space
  • Feb 9 45th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Bait" wins the Golden Bear

Music History

Feb 9 Irish music and dance show "Riverdance" first opens in Dublin, Ireland with lead dancer Michael Flatley

  • Feb 10 Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
  • Feb 10 Sun Cayun pole vaults female indoor world record (4.12m)
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Nicole Bobek
  • Feb 11 Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)
  • Feb 11 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)
  • Feb 11 Sandra Volker swims European record 50m backstroke (27.67 sec)
  • Feb 11 Space shuttle STS-63 (Discovery 19), lands
  • Feb 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Feb 11 West Indies score 5-660 against NZ
  • Feb 12 45th NBA All-Star Game, America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ: West beats East, 139-112; MVP: Mitch Richmond, Sacramento Kings, SG
  • Feb 12 Angela Kennedy swims woman's world record 50m butterfly

World Record

Feb 12 Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500m (38.69 sec)

  • Feb 12 Dieter Baumann runs European record 3k indoor (7:37.51)
  • Feb 12 Jeff Rouse swims world record 50m backstroke (24.37 sec)
  • Feb 12 PRI loses and PAN wins Mexican regional elections
  • Feb 12 Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)
  • Feb 12 Susan Auch skates female world record 500m (38.94 sec)
  • Feb 13 Howard Stern radio show premieres in San Diego CA on XTRA-FM
  • Feb 13 West Indies beat NZ by innings & 332, Courtney Walsh 13-55
  • Feb 13 3rd ESPY Awards: Steve Young, Bonnie Blair win
  • Feb 14 Wellington 2-498d & 4-475 beat Canterbury 496 & 2-476d

NBA Finals

Feb 14 The Portland Trail Blazers trade Clyde Drexler to the Houston Rockets, who end up winning the 1995 NBA Championship

  • Feb 15 Burundi premier Anatole Kanyenkiko resigns
  • Feb 15 Dow-Jones closes at record 3986.17
  • Feb 15 Population of People's Republic of China hits 1.2 billion
  • Feb 17 11th US Soap Opera Digest Awards - "Days of Our Lives" wins
  • Feb 17 Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the Long Island Rail Road in NY

Sports History

Feb 17 Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to baseball strike

  • Feb 17 Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
  • Feb 19 1st broadcast of "Woman of Independent Means" on NBC-TV
  • Feb 19 Irina Privalova runs indoor woman's European record 200m (22.10 sec)
  • Feb 19 Kenneth Koch wins Bollingen Prize
  • Feb 19 Linford Christie runs world record 200m indoor (20.25 sec) and European record 60m indoor (6.47 sec)
  • Feb 19 Michael Tippett's "Rose Lake," premieres
  • Feb 19 37th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins for 2nd straight year; 3rd driver to achieve back-to-back titles (Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough)
  • Feb 21 CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans
  • Feb 21 RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado
  • Feb 22 Algiers police kill at least 99 prison rioters
  • Feb 22 Steve Fossett completes 1st air balloon over Pacific Ocean (9600 km)
  • Feb 23 "Uncle Vanya" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • Feb 23 Antoine Nduwayo appointed Premier of Burundi
  • Feb 23 Dow Jones closes above 4,000 for 1st time (4,003.33)
  • Feb 24 The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.
  • Feb 25 Bomb attack on train in Assam India (27 soldiers killed)
  • Feb 25 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital
  • Feb 25 Muslim fundamentalists shoot 20 Shiite mosque goers dead
  • Feb 25 PBA National Championship Won by Scott Alexander
  • Feb 26 London finance house Barings collapses after huge losses in Singapore by rogue trader Nick Leeson
  • Feb 27 Car bomb explodes in Zakho, North-Iraq (54-80 killed)
  • Feb 28 Denver International Airport opens
  • Feb 28 The US Pentagon announces that it monitored Iranian installation of surface-to-air Hawk missiles in the Strait of Hormuz

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 Aimee Lou Wood, English actress (Sex Education), born in Stockport, England
  • Feb 5 Trayvon Martin, Black American teenager (shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Florida), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2012)
  • Feb 8 Jordan Todosey, Canadian actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 9 Johnny Suh, Korean-American rapper (NCT 127, NCT U), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 10 Lexi Thompson, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2014), born in Coral Springs, Florida

Megan Thee Stallion

Feb 15 Megan Thee Stallion [Pete], American rapper, singer, and songwriter ("Savage"; Good News), born in San Antonio, Texas

  • Feb 16 Denzel Curry, American rapper, singer, and composer (Unlocked), born in Carol City, Florida
  • Feb 17 Madison Keys, American tennis player (US Open runner-up 2017), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Feb 19 Nikola Jokić, Serbian basketball center (NBA MVP 2001, 02; NBA All Star 2019-22; fastest NBA triple-double 14:33s 2018; Denver Nuggets), born in Sombor, Serbia
  • Feb 21 Giveon [Evans], American R&B singer-songwriter (Take Time), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 23 Andrew Wiggins, Canadian basketball small forward (2014 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 24 Rachel Levin, American YouTube personality (RCLBeauty101), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Weddings

Brian Wilson

Feb 6 "The Beach Boys" leader and chief songwriter Brian Wilson (52) weds former model and car saleswoman Melinda Ledbetter (47) at Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, California

Yannick Noah

Feb 11 Tennis star Yannick Noah (34) weds Victoria's Secret model Heather Stewart-Whyte (25) in France

Roseanne Barr

Feb 14 Actress-comedienne Roseanne Barr (42) weds bodyguard Ben Thomas (28) at Caesars Tahoe, Nevada; divorce 2002

Wedding of Interest

Feb 19 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico; divorce in 1998

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Michael Cesar, American man & self-proclaimed 'Pope of Pot', dies of liver cancer at 52
  • Feb 2 Alexis d'Anjou de Bourbon-Condé, French prince/Russian, dies at 47
  • Feb 2 Andre Frossard, French publicist (Defense of Pope), dies at 80
  • Feb 2 David Kindersley, British stone letter-carver and typeface designer, dies at 79
  • Feb 2 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8 x Grand Slam singles, 6 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Davis Cup 1933, 34, 35, 36), dies of broken ribs at 85
  • Feb 2 Phillip Borsos, Tasmanian/Canadian director (Mean Season), dies
  • Feb 2 Donald Pleasence, British actor (You Only Live Twice, Escape from New York, Halloween), dies from heart failure at 75
  • Feb 3 John Pinsent, English classical scholar (Greek mythology), dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Turner Fodrell, American blues and folk singer, and guitarist, dies at 66
  • Feb 3 Art Kane [Kanofsky], American art director (Seventeen Magazine), and portrait photographer (A Great Day In Harlem), takes his own life at 69
  • Feb 4 Betty Davis, British dance teacher of Dame Margot Fonteyn, dies
  • Feb 4 Roel Wiersma, Dutch soccer star (PSV), dies at 62
  • Feb 4 Patricia Highsmith [Plangman], American novel writer (Strangers On A Train; The Talented Mr. Ripley; The Price of Salt), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Feb 4 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 79
  • Feb 4 Manohar Hardikar, Indian cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59), dies at 58
  • Feb 5 Court Benson, Canadian-American actor and broadcaster, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Doug Mcclure, US rodeo rider/actor (Trampas-Virginian), dies at 59
  • Feb 5 Frederick Craig Riddle, British violist, dies at 82
  • Feb 5 Judith Fluks, Amsterdam's activist, dies
  • Feb 5 Kimberley Leston, journalist, dies at 35
  • Feb 6 Art Taylor, American jazz drummer (Bud Powell, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd), band leader (Taylor's Wailers), and writer (Notes and Tones), dies at 65
  • Feb 6 James Ingram Merrill, American poet (Braving the Elements), dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Helen Wallis, cartographer/Librarian, dies at 70
  • Feb 7 Massimo Pallottino, Italian archaeologist (Etruscologia), dies at 86
  • Feb 7 William Harry "Billy" Jones, American rock guitarist (The Outlaws), dies of self-inflicted gunshot at 45
  • Feb 8 B. G. Hooghoudt, Dutch radiotelescope builder (Dwingeloo/Westerbork), dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Wilhelm J. Soukop, Austrian-British sculptor, dies at 88
  • Feb 8 J. William Fulbright, US politician (Senator-Arkansas 1945-74) and founder of the Fulbright scholarship, dies at 89
  • Feb 8 Clay Warnick, American choral director (Your Show Of Shows), dies at 79
  • Feb 9 David Wayne, American stage and screen actor (Andromeda Strain, Adam's Rib), dies of lung cancer at 81
  • Feb 9 J. William Fulbright, American senator from Arkansas, known for opposition to the Vietnam War), dies at 89
  • Feb 10 Kenton Kilmer, American writer, dies of cancer at 85
  • Feb 10 Louis Sen A Kaw, Suriname's great dam builder, dies at 75
  • Feb 10 Paul Monette, American writer, dies of AIDS at 49
  • Feb 10 S van der Linde, church historian, dies at 89
  • Feb 12 Earring George Mayweather, American blues harmonica player, dies of liver cancer at 66
  • Feb 12 L Jansma, Fries publisher (Friese stamp), dies
  • Feb 12 Rachid Mimouni, Algerian author (L'Honneur de la Tribu), dies at 49
  • Feb 12 Terence Beckles, English pianist and teacher, dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), dies at 54
  • Feb 12 Nat Holman, American Basketball HOF coach (NCAA, NIT C'ships 1950 CCNY), dies at 98
  • Feb 13 Abdelhafid Said, Algerian student leader, murdered
  • Feb 13 Alberto Burri, Ital's physician/sculptor/painter), dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Azeddine Medjoubi, head Algerian nationally theater, murdered at 49
  • Feb 13 Joan A C Ramsey nee Hamilton, lady Ramsey of Canterbury, dies at 84
  • Feb 13 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, Jamaican jazz saxophonist, dies at 68
  • Feb 14 Alberto Burri, Italian physician, sculptor, and painter, dies at 79
  • Feb 14 Nigel Finch, English TV director and film-maker (Chelsea Hotel; Vampyr; Stonewall), dies from AIDS-related illness at 45
  • Feb 14 Roger de Grey, British landscape painter and President of Royal Academy (1984-93), dies at 76
  • Feb 14 Siem Suurhoff, Dutch TV-director (Behind the News, Sonja), dies at 58
  • Feb 14 U Nu, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (1948-56, 1960-62), dies at 87
  • Feb 14 Michael V. Gazzo, American playwright (A Hatful Of Rain), and actor (The Godfather Part II; Cookie; Fear City), dies of complications from a stroke at 71
  • Feb 14 Israël "Ischa" Meijer, Dutch journalist, critic and author (Een Dik Uur Ischa, Boezemvriend), dies of a myocardial infarction at 52
  • Feb 15 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist and rebel (barricade uprising), dies at 77
  • Feb 15 Lord Taylor of Hadfield, British President of Taylor Woodrow Group, dies at 90
  • Feb 15 Nabila Diahnine, Algerian architect/feminist, murdered at 33
  • Feb 15 Sahnoun Jawhari, Tunisian Annahda-leader, dies at 40 in jail
  • Feb 15 Seymour Berry, 2nd Viscount Camrose, British Conservative Lower house leader (1941-45), dies at 85
  • Feb 16 John Everett Allen, American businessman, dies at 91
  • Feb 16 Martin Soames, traveller, dies at 91
  • Feb 17 Thelma Hulbert, English painter (Le Sacre du Printemps), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Uta Graf, German born American singer and teacher, dies at 80
  • Feb 18 Dennis "Denny" Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues, Leon Russell), dies of lymphoma at 51
  • Feb 18 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Feb 18 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements), dies of organ failure at 35
  • Feb 19 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter (End as a Man), dies at 72
  • Feb 19 Ian Ball, newspaper photographer, dies at 80
  • Feb 19 Shlomo Averbach, Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbi, dies at 84
  • Feb 19 John Howard, American actor (The Philadelphia Story, My Three Sons), dies of heart failure at 81
  • Feb 20 John Humphreys Whitfield, British scholar of Italian language & literature, dies at 88
  • Feb 20 Shlomo Averbach, Rabbi, buried in Jerusalem, 250,000 attend
  • Feb 21 Robert Bolt, British playwright (Doctor Zhivago, Bounty), dies at 70
  • Feb 22 Ed Flanders, actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), commits suicide at 60
  • Feb 22 Elfi Althoff-Jacobi, Austrian circus director, dies at 80
  • Feb 22 Lembarek Boumaarafi, Algerian murderer of President Boudiaf, dies
  • Feb 22 Emmanuel Roblès, Algerian-French novelist and playwright (Lesson Hauteurs), dies at 80

James Herriot

Feb 23 James Herriot [Alfred Wight], Scottish author (All Creatures Great & Small), dies at 78

  • Feb 23 Norman Hunter, English children's writer (Professor Branestawm), dies at 95
  • Feb 23 Peter Wykeham, Royal Air Force fighter pilot, dies at 79
  • Feb 23 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), dies at 52
  • Feb 24 Richard Nicholson, musician, dies at 89
  • Feb 25 Jack Clayton, British director (Great Gatsby), dies at 73
  • Feb 25 Oh Jin Woo, Korean minister of defense, dies
  • Feb 25 Terence Weil, British cellist (English Chamber Orchestra; Melos Ensemble), dies at 73
  • Feb 26 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Frank O’Keefe, American southern rock bassist (The Outlaws, 1968-76), dies of pain medication overdose at 44
  • Feb 27 Bernard Cornfield, financier, dies at 67
  • Feb 27 Philip Sherrington, opus Dei Priest, dies at 51
  • Feb 28 (Herman) "Ace" Wallace, American St. Louis blues guitarist and singer, dies at 69
  • Feb 28 Keith Rigg, cricketer (8 Tests for Australia 1931-37), dies
  • Feb 28 Max Rudolf, German-American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 1958-70), and pedagogue (Curtis Institute, 1970-73 and 1980-95), dies at 92