On This Day

February 1989 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 3 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • Feb 10 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court
  • Feb 10 39th Berlin International Film Festival: "Rain Man" wins the Golden Bear

Film & TV History

Feb 22 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls the proposed missile defense system known as Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

  • Feb 22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)

Film & TV History

Feb 24 Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife

Music History

Feb 26 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 634 performances

  • Feb 28 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Feb 3 Ryne Sanborn, American actor
  • Feb 5 Cristine Reyes, Filipino actress, born in Marikina, Philippines
  • Feb 5 Jeremy Sumpter, American actor, born in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  • Feb 7 Louisa Lytton - British actress
  • Feb 8 Danielle Harmer, English actress
  • Feb 13 Carly McKillip, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 16 Elizabeth Olsen, American actress (Martha Marcy May Marlene; Avenger films - "Scarlet Witch"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 20 Melanie Leishman, Canadian actress
  • Feb 21 Corbin Bleu [Reivers], American actor & singer (High School Musical - "Chad"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 21 Kristin Herrera, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 21 Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress, born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 24 Daniel Kaluuya, British actor and writer (Get Out), born in London, England
  • Feb 25 Tony Oller, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Feb 17 Whitesnake's singer David Coverdale (37) weds American actress Tawny Kitaen (27); divorced 1991

Tim Burton

Feb 24 Film director Tim Burton (30) weds photographer Lena Gieseke


Divorces in Film & TV

Divorce of Interest

Feb 14 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic

Jane Fonda

Feb 16 Actress Jane Fonda and activist Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 3 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), dies at 59
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • Feb 11 George O'Hanlon, american actor and director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73
  • Feb 27 Joseph "Joe" Silver, American actor (Lenny, Mr I Magination), dies of liver cancer at 66