On This Day

Historical Events in February 1991

  • Feb 1 Afghanistan and Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
  • Feb 1 Australian cricket fast bowler Craig McDermott sets up a 9 wicket, 5th Test win over England with a career best 8-97 in Perth

Historic Event

Feb 1 South African President F. W. de Klerk says he will repeal all apartheid laws

  • Feb 1 US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32

Historic Publication

Feb 1 American writer John Grisham publishes his second novel "The Firm" (bestselling novel of the year)

  • Feb 2 Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington
  • Feb 2 NH snaps its 32-game losing streak at home beating Holy Cross, 72-56
  • Feb 2 US postage is raised from 25 cents to 29 cents

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Sting scores his second UK #1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

  • Feb 3 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-21; MVP: Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills, QB

Hall of Fame

Feb 4 Baseball's Hall of Fame board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose, due to his betting on games while a player and manager

World Record

Feb 4 NZ cricketers Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand, against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

  • Feb 4 US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents

Film & TV History

Feb 4 Alex Trebek becomes first person to host three American game shows at the same time (Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth)

Historic Event

Feb 5 A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides

  • Feb 5 All American Bowl ends after 14 years
  • Feb 5 Big East Football conference forms
  • Feb 5 LA King Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHler to score 1000 points

Sports History

Feb 5 Howard Stern kisses NY Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet, Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Super Bowl

  • Feb 6 Mousey Davis becomes 1st coach of NY-NJ Knights
  • Feb 7 Jean-Bertrand Aristide sworn in as Haiti's 1st elected president

Hall of Fame

Feb 7 Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin & Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame

  • Feb 7 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.

Contract of Interest

Feb 8 Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract

  • Feb 9 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • Feb 9 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5k (6:41:73)

Sports History

Feb 9 Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him

  • Feb 9 US Supreme Court agrees to hear Joseph Doherty case
  • Feb 9 Wally Joyner wins record $2.1 million salary arbitration
  • Feb 10 "La Bete" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 24 performances

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 10 41st NBA All-Star Game, Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC: East beats West, 116-114; Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers, F

  • Feb 10 Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54)
  • Feb 10 Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • Feb 11 Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) forms in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
  • Feb 12 North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
  • Feb 13 Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel
  • Feb 13 US bombs Iraqi air raid shelter, killing 334
  • Feb 13 US air raid on the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad kills more than 408 civilians
  • Feb 14 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances
  • Feb 14 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration

Film Release

Feb 14 "The Silence of the Lambs" film based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is released (Best Picture 1992)

  • Feb 15 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
  • Feb 15 Troy State sets NCAA Div II record with 103 points in 2nd half routing DeVry Institute 187-117
  • Feb 15 Daily market volatility as Hussein mentions withdrawal, but Bush calls his offer a "cruel hoax"
  • Feb 15 41st Berlin International Film Festival: "The House of Smiles" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 16 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands

Sports History

Feb 16 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

  • Feb 17 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Feb 17 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan, driving for Morgan-McClure Motorsports coasts to win after challengers crash on finals laps

Sports History

Feb 18 Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse & shuts out NJ Devils 4-0

Album Release

Feb 19 Geffen Records releases "Night Ride Home", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 14th studio album

  • Feb 20 Alan Ayckbourn's stage farce "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 78 performances

Grammy Awards

Feb 20 33rd Grammy Awards: "Another Day in Paradise"; Mariah Carey win

Historic Event

Feb 20 A gigantic statue of Albania's long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters

Music History

Feb 21 Neil Simon's stage comedy "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 780 performances

  • Feb 21 USSR announces that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable
  • Feb 22 Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA

Sports History

Feb 22 Test Cricket debut of Sanath Jayasuriya, vs NZ at Hamilton

Historic Event

Feb 23 US President George H. W. Bush gives Iraq a 24-hour deadline to withdraw from Kuwait or face a ground war

  • Feb 23 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • Feb 23 NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
  • Feb 24 "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances
  • Feb 24 End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
  • Feb 24 US-led forces begin Operation Desert Sabre, the ground invasion of southern Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait
  • Feb 25 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)

Sports History

Feb 25 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

  • Feb 25 US, barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28
  • Feb 26 Asanka Gurusinha scores twin Test Cricket tons v NZ (119 & 102)

Hall of Fame

Feb 26 Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Feb 26 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
  • Feb 26 NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together
  • Feb 26 Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future

Highway of Death

Feb 26 Coalition planes bomb Iraqi forces retreating from Kuwait during the Gulf War, killing hundreds and creating the so-called 'Highway of Death'

  • Feb 27 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow" premieres in London
  • Feb 27 Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16

Music History

Feb 27 Singer James Brown is paroled from prison after serving 2 years of 6 year sentence for weapon and drug related convictions

  • Feb 28 Gulf War ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait
  • Feb 28 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam
  • Feb 28 Steve Tesich's stage drama "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances

Sports History

Feb 28 Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain

  • Feb 28 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m indoor (3:34:16)