On This Day

Historical Events in February 1990

Historic Event

Feb 2 South African President F. W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political organisations

Sports History

Feb 3 Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

  • Feb 3 Jockey Bill Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
  • Feb 4 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
  • Feb 4 Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81)
  • Feb 4 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04)
  • Feb 4 Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69)
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 27-21; MVP: Jerry Gray, LA Rams, DB

Sports History

Feb 4 Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)

  • Feb 4 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship
  • Feb 5 Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC)

Sports History

Feb 6 Brett Hull becomes 1st son of NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50

  • Feb 6 Groundbreaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium
  • Feb 6 Steve Briers of Wales recites entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • Feb 7 Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
  • Feb 7 USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • Feb 7 Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores 101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half & loses 102-24
  • Feb 8 David Hares "Racing Demon" premieres in London
  • Feb 8 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • Feb 9 "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • Feb 9 Doina Melinte runs world indoor record 1.5k (4:00:27) & mile (4:17:13)
  • Feb 9 Spacecraft Galileo flies by Venus at an altitude of 10,000 miles (16,000 km) in a gravity assist maneuver to gain speed on its way to Jupiter [1]
  • Feb 9 Namibia's constitution ratified
  • Feb 9 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 10 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)
  • Feb 10 Perrier Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 11 40th NBA All-Star Game, Miami Arena, Miami, FL: East beats West, 130-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 11 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Feb 13 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games

  • Feb 13 US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify
  • Feb 14 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London
  • Feb 14 Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some
  • Feb 14 Space probe Voyager 1 takes a photograph of the entire solar system, the images transmitted in real-time with earth a 'pale blue dot'
  • Feb 15 Baseball owners lock out players

Daytona 500

Feb 18 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins after Dale Earnhardt shreds right rear tyre on last lap

  • Feb 19 Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-9 lands
  • Feb 21 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins

Grammy Awards

Feb 21 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards

  • Feb 22 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps
  • Feb 23 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
  • Feb 23 “Hold On” single released by En Vogue (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)
  • Feb 25 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 25 Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
  • Feb 25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • Feb 26 USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • Feb 26 The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
  • Feb 27 Exxon Corp and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
  • Feb 27 No-one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years

Black Tot Day

Feb 27 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy

  • Feb 27 "Hold On" single released by Wilson Phillips (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)
  • Feb 28 Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine
  • Feb 28 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit