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Historical Events in February 1992

  • Feb 1 "Crazy He Calls Me" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 7 performances

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Feb 1 Slugging outfielder Barry Bonds signs highest single year contract in MLB history, $4.7 million with Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

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Feb 1 Defenseman Denis Potvin's #5 becomes first number retired by NY Islanders; Potvin played entire 15 year NHL career in NY

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Feb 2 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45.02 sec)
  • Feb 2 David Boon's 13 Test Cricket century, 107 v India at Perth

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Feb 2 IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • Feb 2 Australian Kieren Perkins swims 1,500m freestyle short course world record, 14:32.40 at AIS, Canberra, Australia
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 21-15; MVP: Michael Irvin, Dallas Cowboys, WR

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Feb 3 Defense opens calling Noriega "our ally in war on drugs"

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Feb 3 Labor strike at Royal Canadian Mint ends
  • Feb 3 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $300 per week

USARodney King Riots

Feb 5 Jury selection begins in the trial of Los Angeles police charged with beating Rodney King
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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
  • Feb 5 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Dilip Vengsarkar
  • Feb 5 Mike Whitney career-best 7-27 at WACA in Test Cricket win v India
  • Feb 6 "Late Night's 10th Anniversary Show At Radio City Music Hall" on NBC
  • Feb 6 The Sámi people of the far northern Nordic countries have an official day celebrating their existence

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Feb 7 Mike Tyson testifies in his rape trial

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Feb 7 Shannon LA Rhea Marketic, 22, (California), crowned 41st Miss USA
  • Feb 7 Maastricht Treaty signed by 12 countries from the European Community (EC) to create the European Union (EU)
  • Feb 8 "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at #1
  • Feb 8 XVI Winter Olympic Games opens in Albertville, France
  • Feb 8 Ulysses spacecraft passes Jupiter
  • Feb 9 "2 Shakespearean Actors" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 29 performances

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 9 42nd NBA All-Star Game, Orlando Arena, Orlando, FL: West beats East, 153-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Feb 9 Fastest yodeler-22 tones/15 falsetto in 1 sec by Thomas School of Germany
  • Feb 9 Heike Henkel high jumps female indoor world record (2.07m)
  • Feb 9 Jani Sievinen swims world record 400m medley (4:07.10)
  • Feb 10 "Dangerous Women" final episode on WWOR-TV

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Feb 10 Bonnie Blair wins 1992 Olympics 1st gold medal for USA

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • Feb 10 Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana
  • Feb 11 F-16 jet crashes at residential district of Hengelo, Netherlands (No deaths)
  • Feb 11 Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400m (44.97 sec)
  • Feb 13 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 229 performances
  • Feb 13 Jose Canseco repeatedly rams his Porsche into wife Esther's BMW
  • Feb 13 West beats East 14 to 9 in Major Soccer League all star game
  • Feb 13 42nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Grand Canyon" wins the Golden Bear

  • Feb 14 Andre Cason runs world record 60 m indoor (6.41 sec)
  • Feb 14 Cease fire in Somalia begins
  • Feb 14 Kieren John Perkins swims world record 800m freestyle (7:46.60)
  • Feb 14 Merlene Ottey runs world record 60m indoor (6.96 sec)
  • Feb 15 100th episode of "Cops" airs on Fox

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Feb 15 Jeffrey Dahmer found sane and guilty of killing 15 boys

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer

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Feb 16 Ethiopia finds the remains of former Emperor Haile Selassie on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, under the private lavatory of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, who overthrew the Emperor

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie

CarDaytona 500

Feb 16 34th Daytona 500: Davey Allison joins father Bobby as a race winner; Richard Petty and A.J. Foyt's final drives in the event

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • Feb 19 Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances
  • Feb 19 Peter Collins discovers nova Cygni 1992
  • Feb 19 Porn producer Jim Mitchell found guilty of killing his brother Artie
  • Feb 19 Professional Spring Football League announces end of operations, 10 days before the scheduled season opener; 10 teams had players in camp and practicing, and rosters cut down to 60 players
  • Feb 19 In a blockbuster NHL trade, Pittsburgh Penguins send Mark Recchi, Brian Benning & LA's 1st round 1992 pick (Jason Bowen) to the Philadelphia Flyers for Kjell Samuelsson, Rick Tocchet & Ken Wregget
  • Feb 20 "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Feb 20 Orthodox patriarch Shenouda III visits Netherlands

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Feb 20 Ross Perot says he'll run for President on Larry King Show

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • Feb 21 Kristi Yamaguchi of US wins Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating
  • Feb 22 "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" closes at Music Box NYC
  • Feb 22 Barry Diller resigns as CEO of Fox
  • Feb 23 XVI Winter Olympic Games close in Albertville, France
  • Feb 23 Andy Flower scores 115* on ODI debut, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka
  • Feb 23 World Cup scoreline Zimbabwe 4-312, Sri Lanka 7-313
  • Feb 23 The Socialist Labour Party is founded in Georgia
  • Feb 25 34th Grammy Awards: Unforgetable, Marc Cohn wins
  • Feb 25 Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 25 Muddy Waters wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Feb 26 "Search & Destroy" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Feb 26 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
  • Feb 27 Larry Smith named 9th Commissioner of the CFL

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Feb 29 Boston’s Ray Bourque becomes just the 3rd defenseman in NHL history to score 1,000 career points with a goal and 2 assists in the Bruins' 5-5 tie with Washington Capitals at Boston Garden

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque