Historical Events in February 1997

  • Feb 2 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC
  • Feb 2 Mark O'Meara wins Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-am
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-23 (OT)

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Feb 2 Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • Feb 3 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Ithaca NY
  • Feb 3 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit MI on WKRK 97.1 FM

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Feb 4 Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Feb 4 US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
  • Feb 4 En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 4 After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic

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Feb 5 OJ Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action.

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • Feb 5 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
  • Feb 5 Brook Lee, Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
  • Feb 5 Japan's Ministry of Finance announces plans to cut import tariffs on crude oil and most petroleum products
  • Feb 6 Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husband's sperm
  • Feb 7 US & Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
  • Feb 8 28th NAACP Image Awards: "A Time to Kill" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 9 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds
  • Feb 9 47th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-120 at Cleveland
  • Feb 9 Kelly Robbins wins LPGA Diet Dr Pepper National Pro-Am
  • Feb 9 Mark O'Meara wins Buick golf invitational
  • Feb 9 Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history
  • Feb 10 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 10 5th ESPY Awards: Michael Johnson, Amy Van Dyken Lobo win
  • Feb 10 Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU)
  • Feb 10 O J Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages
  • Feb 10 Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR
  • Feb 10 Lemrick Nelson found guilty in the fatal stabbing on Hasidic Jew Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights Brooklyn in 1991

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Feb 11 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Feb 11 STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches
  • Feb 12 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
  • Feb 13 "Three Sisters" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Feb 13 Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope

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Feb 13 47th Berlin International Film Festival: "The People vs. Larry Flynt" wins the Golden Bear

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Feb 15 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski
  • Feb 15 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldridge
  • Feb 16 Paul Stankowski wins Hawaiian Golf Open
  • Feb 16 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Los Angeles Women's Championship
  • Feb 16 39th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (148.295 MPH)
  • Feb 17 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena Calif
  • Feb 17 Weekly Standard shows evidence Larry Flint sexually abused his daughter
  • Feb 19 FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
  • Feb 20 "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Feb 20 SF Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Feb 21 "Empire Strikes Back, special edition" premieres
  • Feb 21 STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands
  • Feb 22 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open

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Feb 22 Dolly the Sheep, world's first cloned mammal (from an adult cell) is announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland

  • Feb 23 Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building & kills 1
  • Feb 23 Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
  • Feb 23 NBC TV shows "Schindler's List" completely uncensored, 65M watch
  • Feb 23 Scientists in Scotland announce they have cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"

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Feb 24 Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • Feb 24 South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp
  • Feb 24 Qatar inaugurates the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting facility and formally launches Qatar Liquefied Gas Co.
  • Feb 26 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins
  • Feb 27 "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • Feb 27 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade) arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer
  • Feb 28 Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45
  • Feb 28 FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia
  • Feb 28 Smokers must prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes in US
  • Feb 28 The North Hollywood shootout takes place.