February 1999 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 3 In Jammu and Kashmir the political party Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir) is revived.
  • Feb 4 MV New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon.
  • Feb 4 Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.
  • Feb 7 Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
  • Feb 10 49th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Thin Red Line" wins the Golden Bear

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Feb 12 US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Feb 12 Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food
  • Feb 14 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (161.551 MPH)
  • Feb 15 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.
  • Feb 16 Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
  • Feb 23 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Feb 23 An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
  • Feb 24 The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him.
  • Feb 24 A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.
  • Feb 27 Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983.
  • Feb 27 Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung. It is currently directed by Ann Clapper.

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 5 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • Feb 7 King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
  • Feb 7 José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
  • Feb 8 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • Feb 14 John Ehrlichman, American presidential advisor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 15 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1926)
  • Feb 16 Michael Larson, Press Your Luck Big-winning contestant (b. 1949)
  • Feb 19 Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated)
  • Feb 20 Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
  • Feb 21 Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)
  • Feb 23 Carlos Hathcock, USMC Sniper, 93 Confirmed Kills (b. 1942)
  • Feb 24 Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 24 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (b. 1916)
  • Feb 25 Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • Feb 28 Christine Glanville, British Puppeteer (. 1924)