Historical Events in February 1998

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Feb 7 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • Feb 8 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
  • Feb 8 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC
  • Feb 8 NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics
  • Feb 9 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
  • Feb 9 6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win
  • Feb 10 AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
  • Feb 10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 10 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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Feb 11 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview

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

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

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

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Feb 23 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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Feb 24 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
  • Feb 24 NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics
  • Feb 25 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
  • Feb 25 Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
  • Feb 25 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist

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

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Feb 26 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
  • Feb 26 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
  • Feb 27 Apple discontinues development of the Newton computer
  • Feb 27 FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
  • Feb 27 NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
  • Feb 27 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

Feb 27 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
  • Feb 27 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 28 "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

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

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Feb 28 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.
  • Feb 28 Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.