On This Day

February 1994 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 17-3; MVP: Andre Rison, Atlanta Falcons, WR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Feb 12 XVII Winter Olympic Games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Feb 13 44th NBA All-Star Game, Target Centre, Minneapolis, MN: East beats West, 127-118; MVP: Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls, F
  • Feb 14 Alexander Golubev skates Olympic record 500m (36.33)

Sport awardSports Awards

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

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 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 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 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins his first NASCAR race; Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr killed in separate practice incidents
  • 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 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 20 Brigid Kosgei, Kenyan athlete (marathon world record 2019; Chicago Marathon 2018-9, London Marathon 2019), born in Kenya
  • Feb 25 Eugenie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player (Wimbledon 2014 runner-up), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 27 Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player, born in Xinghua, China

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 5 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
  • Feb 9 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), dies at 77
  • Feb 11 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, dies at 47
  • Feb 11 Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23
  • Feb 19 Renske Vellinga, Dutch speed-skater, dies in auto-accident at 19
  • Feb 20 Manuel F "Garincha" dos Santos, soccer player (Brazil), dies at 49

Person of interestDinah Shore

Feb 24 Dinah Shore, American singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), actress and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show, Nabisco DS Championship), dies of ovarian cancer at 76

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • Feb 25 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies

Person of interestJersey Joe

Feb 25 Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer, dies at 80

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe