Historical Events in February 1988

  • Feb 2 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • Feb 3 Nurses across the UK strike over pay and funding for the NHS

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Feb 4 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Feb 4 Despite union calls to end the strike, rank-and-file seamen at major British ports refuse to return to work

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Feb 5 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Feb 5 Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Governor Evan Mecham
  • Feb 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 7 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
  • Feb 7 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6
  • Feb 7 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Feb 8 NASA launches DOD-2
  • Feb 9 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (OT) at St Louis
  • Feb 9 NH begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends Feb 1991)
  • Feb 10 Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails
  • Feb 10 3-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)
  • Feb 11 Anthony Kennedy appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Feb 12 38th Berlin International Film Festival: "Red Sorgum" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 13 15th Winter Olympic games opens at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 13 Christine Wachtel runs world record 800m indoor (1:56:40)
  • Feb 13 European Community plans removal of internal boundaries on Jan 1, 1992
  • Feb 13 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)
  • Feb 13 Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18:11.41)

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Feb 14 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Feb 14 Alfredo Stroessner re-elected President of Paraguay
  • Feb 14 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 14 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (137.531 MPH)
  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 16 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
  • Feb 17 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • Feb 17 US Lt Col Williamm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
  • Feb 18 Anthony Kennedy, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • Feb 18 Federal Road Safety Corps is established in Nigeria
  • Feb 19 Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200m (1:32.55)
  • Feb 20 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 20 Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
  • Feb 20 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
  • Feb 20 Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
  • Feb 20 Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0

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Feb 20 Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Feb 20 Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • Feb 20 Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
  • Feb 21 Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20)
  • Feb 21 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation

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Feb 22 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • Feb 23 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
  • Feb 23 Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)
  • Feb 24 Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist
  • Feb 24 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
  • Feb 24 US Supreme Court votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody

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Feb 25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love" Tour begins in Worcester, Massachusetts

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Feb 25 South Korea adopts constitution
  • Feb 26 Christa Rotherburger (GDR) skates ladies world record 1000m (1:17.65)
  • Feb 27 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 27 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
  • Feb 27 Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34
  • Feb 27 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • Feb 28 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 28 Anti-Armenian pogrom in Azerbaijan, 30 killed
  • Feb 28 Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • Feb 28 Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)
  • Feb 29 KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
  • Feb 29 Mark Greatbatch scores 107* v England on Test Cricket debut

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Feb 29 NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Feb 29 Nazi document implicates Waldheim in WW II deportations