Today in History for February 1989

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 90 of 90

1st - Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion
1st - Diana, Princess of Wales visits NYC
1st - The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
2nd - 0°F (-18°C) or below in 15 US states
2nd - FW de Klerk replaces Botha as South Africa's National Party leader
3rd - Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
3rd - Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
3rd - Start 1st Test Cricket, NZ v Pak, washed out
4th - Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
5th - Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
6th - Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government
7th - 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton
Tennis Player Björn BorgTennis Player Björn Borg 7th - Tennis superstar Bjorn Borg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan
8th - 5 cm of snow falls in outskirts of Los Angeles
8th - Jockey Chris Antley begins record of 64 consecutive winning days
8th - US Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die
9th - Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
9th - Michael Manley's Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election
10th - Celtic KC Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame
10th - Miami Vice's 100th episode seen on TV
NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny WilkensNBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens 10th - Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, St Louis
10th - Ron Brown chosen 1st African American chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
10th - Test Cricket debut of Aaqib Javed, Pak v NZ age 16 years 189 days
10th - Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff
10th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
10th - To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court
11th - Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)
11th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
12th - 39th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-134 at Houston
12th - 5 Pakistani Moslem rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
12th - 50th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Larry Mowry
12th - Barbara Harris becomes 1st female bishop of a US Episcopal church
12th - Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
12th - Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
12th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
12th - Loyalist paramilitary group kill Pat Finucane, a Belfast lawyer who represented republican hunger striker Bobby Sands, while he is having dinner with family
13th - Kidnapped Belgian Premier Vanden Boeynants freed
13th - Salvadoran army attacks Encuentros hospital, rapes, kills patients
13th - Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison
14th - African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah KhomeiniSupreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini 14th - Ayatollah Khomeini orders Moslems to murder "Satanic Verses" novelist Rushdie
14th - Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster
14th - World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens
14th - The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.
15th - Israel attacks border strip Taba near Egypt
15th - Soviet military occupation of Afgh nist n ends
16th - Egypt, Iraq, Jordan & North Yemen form common market
16th - Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs $7.9M-3 year contract
16th - Roger Clemens, Red Sox pitcher signs $7.5M-3 year contract
MLB Pitching Legend Roger ClemensMLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens 16th - William Hayden becomes governor-general of Australia
17th - 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
17th - Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash
17th - Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
17th - Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs record $7.9M-3 year contract
17th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
18th - Sherri Turner wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open/Itoki Pro-Am
19th - "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 perfs
LPGA Golfer Sherri TurnerLPGA Golfer Sherri Turner 19th - Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize
20th - Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancelled an April reunion because of deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
20th - An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England
21st - Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling
21st - US bust Chinese ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1B st value)
21st - US capture record 820 lbs of heroin ($1 B street value)[dup]
22nd - Fins ministry of Public health installs sex vacation to thwart stress
MLB Player and Manager Pete RoseMLB Player and Manager Pete Rose 22nd - NY Lotto pays $26.9 million to one winner (#s are 1-5-12-19-44-50)
22nd - UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"
22nd - US authors demonstrate against Iranian death treats against Salman Rushdee, author of "Satanic Rituals"
22nd - 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman
22nd - 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)
24th - 150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found
24th - Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley
Comedian and Television Host David LettermanComedian and Television Host David Letterman 24th - Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife
24th - US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
24th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
24th - Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers $1M-$3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses"
25th - 1st independent blue-collar labor union in Communist Hungary forms
25th - Javed Miandad scores 271 v NZ at Eden Park
25th - Lowest baramotric pressure in Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)
25th - Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
26th - Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career
NFL Head Coach Tom LandryNFL Head Coach Tom Landry 26th - "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 634 perfs
26th - Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am
26th - Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
26th - NY Yankees announce that Tom Seaver is their new TV sportscaster
26th - California court throws out most of Margo Adams's $12 million breach-of- contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs
27th - German war criminals Aus der Funten/Fischer, freed in Holland
27th - Venezuela is rocked by the riots of Caracazo.
LPGA Golfer Betsy KingLPGA Golfer Betsy King 28th - Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA
28th - Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public
28th - Red Schoendienst & Al Barlick elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 25 of 25

1st - Hurricane Chris, American rapper
3rd - Slobodan Rajković, Serbian footballer
3rd - Ryne Sanborn, American actor
5th - Cristine Reyes, Filipino actress
5th - Jeremy Sumpter, American actor
6th - Craig Cathcart, Irish footballer
7th - Louisa Lytton - British actress
8th - Danielle Harmer, English actress
9th - Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player
9th - Gia Farrell, American singer
13th - Rhys Palmer, Australian footballer
13th - Rodrigo Possebon, Brazilian Footballer
13th - Carly McKillip, Canadian actress
19th - L A Baby orangutan, at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
20th - Melanie Leishman, Canadian actress
21st - Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer
21st - Kristin Herrera, American actress
21st - Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress
21st - Josh Walker, English footballer
22nd - Alia Sabur, American college educator
23rd - Evan Bates, American ice dancer
24th - Kosta Koufos, American-Greek basketball player
25th - Tony Oller, American actor
27th - Kelly Breeding, American singer from B5
28th - Zhang Liyin, Chinese R&B singer

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 7 of 7

NBA Power Forward Charles BarkleyNBA Power Forward Charles Barkley (9th) 9th - NBA power forward Charles Barkley (26) weds legal aide Maureen Blumhardt in Elkton, Maryland
11th - MLB pitcher Dave Righetti (30) weds Kandice Owen
14th - Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland
17th - Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen
18th - Steve Garvey marries Candace Thomas while at same time being accused of fathering children by 2 other women
20th - Police violence victim Rodney King (23) weds Crystal Lynnette Waters
24th - Film director Tim Burton (30) weds photographer Lena Gieseke

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 2 of 2

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike TysonHeavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson (14th) 14th - Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic
16th - Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 30 of 30

1st - Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
2nd - John Cassavetes, US actor (Rosemary's Baby)/director, dies at 59
2nd - Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
3rd - John Cassavetes, actor/director (Husbands, Dirty Dozen), dies at 59
4th - Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
5th - Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
6th - Andre Cayatte, dies
6th - Barbara Tuchman, historian (Guns of August-Pulitzer), dies at 77
6th - Chris Gueffroy, East German attempted defector (b. 1968)
6th - Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
8th - Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
9th - Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
10th - Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
11th - George O'Hanlon, actor/director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
12th - Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
12th - Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies at 58
13th - Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
14th - James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)
17th - Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
19th - Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
19th - Merwe, journalist/cabaret performer (Hadjememaar), dies
21st - Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
22nd - Joan Woodbury, actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies
24th - Sparky Adams, American baseball player (b. 1894)
26th - Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
27th - Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
27th - Joe Silver, actor (Rage, Rapid, Deathtrap, Shivers), dies at 66
27th - Konrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies at 85
27th - Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)
28th - Hermann Burger, writer, dies at 46

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