February 2000 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 4 German extortionist Klaus-Peter Sabotta is jailed for life for attempted murder and extortion in connection with the sabotage of German railway lines.
  • Feb 7 Bahria University is established through Presidential Ordinance No. V of 2000 by the Government of Pakistan.
  • Feb 9 50th Berlin International Film Festival: "Magnolia" wins the Golden Bear

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz
  • Feb 14 The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
  • Feb 15 Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.
  • Feb 18 Stjepan Mesić becomes the second president of Croatia.
  • Feb 20 42nd Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (155.669 MPH)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Richard Kleindienst, American politician (b. 1923)
  • Feb 4 Carl Albert, American politician, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1908)
  • Feb 7 Doug Henning, Canadian magician (b. 1947)
  • Feb 8 Bob Collins, American radio broadcaster (b.1942)
  • Feb 11 Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
  • Feb 11 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (b. 1917)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 12 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, dies at 77

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz
  • Feb 13 James Cooke Brown, American author and inventor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 14 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American Nuclear-Physicist (invented the breeder reactor), dies at 93
  • Feb 16 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born engineer and inventor (b. 1911)
  • Feb 18 Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927
  • Feb 19 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (b. 1928)
  • Feb 20 Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician (b. 1937)
  • Feb 22 Fernando Buesa, Spanish politician (b. 1946)
  • Feb 23 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, dies at 91
  • Feb 26 George L. Street III American Navy Submariner and Medal of Honor recipient.(b. 1913)
  • Feb 29 Dennis Danell, American artist (b. 1961)