Historical Events in February 1998

  • 1st "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 perf
  • 1st Australian Mixed: J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (62 61)
  • 1st NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 29-24
  • 1st Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • 1st 86th Men's Australian Open: Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (6-2, 6-2, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1st 86th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Conchita Martinez (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 2nd Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • 2nd Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board

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3rd Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 3rd NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
  • 3rd Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain
  • 3rd US military plane clips cable car lines in northern Italy, kills 20
  • 3rd Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby
  • 3rd Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
  • 3rd Cavalese cable car disaster: 20 people killed after NATO aircraft severs a cable car line

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4th Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 4th An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
  • 5th Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • 5th Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • 5th Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)
  • 6th Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
  • 6th Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years
  • 6th In Corsica, the prefect Claude Erignac is assassinated in Ajaccio, presumably by Yvan Colonna.

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6th Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 7th 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan
  • 7th NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • 8th 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
  • 8th 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC
  • 8th NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics
  • 9th Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
  • 9th 6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win
  • 10th AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
  • 10th Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • 10th Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law.

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11th KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
  • 11th Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500
  • 11th 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • 12th "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC
  • 12th 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt
  • 12th Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
  • 12th Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
  • 12th US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional
  • 14th Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
  • 14th 29th NAACP Image Awards: "Soul Food" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 15th Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
  • 15th 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt wins (172.712 MPH)
  • 16th Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
  • 17th US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
  • 17th Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
  • 17th USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
  • 18th NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
  • 18th Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
  • 19th Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • 19th US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • 20th Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
  • 20th UN Sec-Gen Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
  • 20th US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

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22nd "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 22nd 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan
  • 23rd Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • 23rd US Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
  • 23rd Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31

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23rd Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

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24th Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Singer Elton John
Elton John
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 24th NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics
  • 25th Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
  • 25th Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
  • 25th 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist

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26th Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • 26th Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
  • 26th Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
  • 27th Apple discontinues development of the Newton computer
  • 27th FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
  • 27th NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
  • 27th Britain's House of Lords agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son

Music awardsMusic Awards

27th 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win

Rapper Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 27th 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • 28th "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

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28th Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 28th First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
  • 28th Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.