On This Day

Historical Events in February 1987

  • Feb 1 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze

NFL Pro Bowl

Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 10-6; MVP: Reggie White, Philadelphia Eagles, DE

Historic Publication

Feb 1 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Fine Things” is published

  • Feb 2 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • Feb 2 Philippines adopts constitution
  • Feb 3 Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
  • Feb 3 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup

Historic Event

Feb 4 US President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress

  • Feb 4 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • Feb 4 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
  • Feb 5 Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time
  • Feb 5 Soyuz TM-2 launches
  • Feb 6 No-smoking rules take effect in US federal buildings
  • Feb 6 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 7 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93
  • Feb 7 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US

#1 in the Charts

Feb 7 Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Sports History

Feb 7 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

  • Feb 7 Police in South Korea make hundreds of arrests during protest demonstrations, the country's biggest for 6 years, after a student died in custody
  • Feb 8 37th NBA All-Star Game, Kingdome, Seattle, WA: West beats East, 154-149 (OT); MVP: Tom Chambers, Seattle SuperSonics, C
  • Feb 9 Former US national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide by overdosing on Valium hours before scheduled testimony before panel investigating illegal arms-for-hostages "Iran-Contra" affair
  • Feb 9 NY Stock Exch installs ladies restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club
  • Feb 10 Philippine troops murder 17 civilians in Lupao Massacre
  • Feb 11 British Airways begins trading stocks
  • Feb 11 England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 11 Philippines constitution goes into effect
  • Feb 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 12 Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
  • Feb 13 Tigers' Jack Morris awarded $1.85 million salary by arbitrator
  • Feb 14 Detroit Pistons-Philadelphia 76ers game draws crowd of 53,745 at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac; third largest crowd in NBA history; Pistons win, 125-107
  • Feb 15 ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
  • Feb 15 Karlstad skates world record 10km (14:03,92)
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater

Music History

Feb 15 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot

Daytona 500

Feb 15 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott leads for 104 of 200 laps including the last 3; had won pole with record speed of 210.364 mph

  • Feb 15 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Chi-Chi Rodríguez wins his second and final Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Dale Douglass

Historic Event

Feb 17 Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)

  • Feb 17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • Feb 19 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater, NYC; runs for 102 performances
  • Feb 19 Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
  • Feb 19 Minnesota sheriff's office arrest FBI's most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
  • Feb 19 US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
  • Feb 20 Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by a computer store in Salt Lake City
  • Feb 20 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years
  • Feb 20 37th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Theme" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 21 Syrian army marches into Beirut
  • Feb 22 Bruno Marie-Rose runs world record 200m indoor (20.36 sec)
  • Feb 23 Baseball World Series winning manager (1985) Dick Howser retires from Kansas City Royals role due to brain tumor
  • Feb 23 Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
  • Feb 23 Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
  • Feb 24 29th Grammy Awards: "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood; "Graceland" by PAul Simon; and Bruce Hornsby win

Sports History

Feb 24 LA Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point in a 97-93 win over the Suns in Phoenix

Radio History

Feb 24 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack

  • Feb 25 US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
  • Feb 26 1st release of Beatles on compact disc: "Please Please Me"; "With The Beatles"; "A Hard Day's Night"; and "Beatles For Sale" [1]
  • Feb 26 NASA launches GEOS-H

Sports History

Feb 26 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

  • Feb 26 Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
  • Feb 26 USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 26 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Feb 27 "Washington Week In Review" 20th anniversary on PBS
  • Feb 27 Donald Regan resigns as White House chief of staff
  • Feb 27 American Mike Conley sets world indoor triple jump record (17.76m) in New York
  • Feb 27 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption