On This Day

Historical Events in February 1994

  • Feb 1 Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean
  • Feb 1 South African cricket fast bowler Fanie de Villiers bravely survives 197 minutes for 30 on last day of 3rd Test against Australia in Adelaide; Proteas finally all out 129; Australia win by 191, draw series

Sports History

Feb 1 Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his part in attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan; plea bargain, confesses to racketeering in exchange for testimony implicating ex-wife Tonya Harding

  • Feb 3 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore

Historic Event

Feb 3 President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam

  • Feb 3 STS-60 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • Feb 4 10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Feb 4 20 die in armed assault on mosque in Khartoum, Sudan
  • Feb 4 Merlene Ottey runs world record 50 m indoor (6.00 sec)
  • Feb 4 Russian team beats ladies world record 4x800 m indoor (8:18.71)
  • Feb 5 "Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego," debuts on Fox TV

Murder of Interest

Feb 5 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson, Mississippi, 30 years after the crime

  • Feb 5 68 killed and 200 wounded after a mortar bomb is set off in Sarajevo
  • Feb 6 "Government Inspector" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Feb 6 Jose Maria Figueres elected President of Costa Rica
  • Feb 6 Martti Ahtisaari elected President of Finland
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 17-3; MVP: Andre Rison, Atlanta Falcons, WR

Music Awards

Feb 7 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

Historic Event

Feb 7 Howard Stern stops a would-be jumper on the George Washington Bridge

  • Feb 7 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant

Sports History

Feb 8 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

World Record

Feb 8 Kapil Dev sets world record for Test Cricket wickets with 432

Music History

Feb 8 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm

  • Feb 8 "Sátántangó", Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr, starring Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, is released

Historic Event

Feb 9 Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Perez signs accord with PLO's Yasser Arafat

  • Feb 10 44th Berlin International Film Festival: "In the Name of the Father" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
  • Feb 11 Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands
  • Feb 12 XVII Winter Olympic Games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Feb 12 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston

The Scream

Feb 12 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo

  • Feb 12 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m
  • Feb 12 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 13 44th NBA All-Star Game, Target Centre, Minneapolis, MN: East beats West, 127-118; MVP: Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls, F

  • Feb 13 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.9m
  • Feb 13 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5000m 6:34,96
  • Feb 13 Ship disaster near Ranong Thailand, kills 200
  • Feb 14 Alexander Golubev skates Olympic record 500m (36.33)

ESPY Awards

Feb 14 2nd ESPY Awards: Barry Bonds, Julie Krone win

  • Feb 15 US asks Aristide to adopt a peace plan from Haiti
  • Feb 15 Tom Barrasso becomes winningest US born goalie in NHL history, as the Pittsburgh Penguins win, 5-3 over visiting Winnipeg; passes record of 252 career wins set by Frank Brimsek
  • Feb 16 6.5 earthquake strikes South East Sumatra, kills 200
  • Feb 16 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 1500m (1:51.29)
  • Feb 16 Premier Alfonso Bustamente ends government in Peru

World Record

Feb 18 Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43)

  • Feb 18 Shreveport Pirates join Canadian Football League as 4th US-based team; fold 1995
  • Feb 20 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
  • Feb 20 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55)

Historic Event

Feb 20 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

  • Feb 20 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins his first NASCAR race; Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr killed in separate practice incidents
  • Feb 22 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya
  • Feb 23 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
  • Feb 24 Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleveland Indians' park (Jacobs Field)
  • Feb 25 Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron
  • Feb 25 Peruvian Yak-40 crashes into mountain near Tingo Maria, kills 31

Hall of Fame

Feb 25 New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Feb 26 St Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 11-1
  • Feb 27 XVII Winter Olympic Games close in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Feb 27 Maronite church near Beirut bombed, 10 killed
  • Feb 28 Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand gun in the USA, comes into effect