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)

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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

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 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

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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.