On This Day

What Happened in February 1998

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 29-24; MVP: Warren Moon, Seattle Seahawks, QB, HI
  • Feb 1 Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Marcelo Rios of Chile 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
  • Feb 2 Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • Feb 2 Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board

NHL Record

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

  • Feb 3 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman

Historic Event

Feb 3 Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain

  • 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, 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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.

Historic Event

Feb 6 Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport

  • Feb 7 XVIII Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • Feb 8 Finland beats Sweden, 6-0 at the Aqua Wing Arena in Nagano, Japan in the first female ice hockey game played in Olympic history

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 8 48th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 135-114; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

  • Feb 8 NHL stops season stops to accommodate the Nagano Winter Olympics; returns February 24

Assassination Attempt

Feb 9 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze

ESPY Awards

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 the law

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Daytona 500

Feb 15 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt's only Daytona win in his 20th start; snaps a 59-race winless streak

Angel of the North

Feb 15 The Angel of the North, a large-scale steel sculpture 20 m (66 ft) tall by Antony Gormley is installed at Gateshead, northern England

  • 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 17 NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft overtakes Pioneer 10 to become the farthest object from earth in space
  • 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.

Music History

Feb 18 Andrea Bocelli makes his operatic debut as Rodolfo in "La bohème" at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari

  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • Feb 19 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • Feb 20 American world champion Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal ahead of teammate Michelle Kwan at the Nagano Winter Games

Historic Event

Feb 20 UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations

  • Feb 20 US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

Olympic Games

Feb 20 Vancouver Canucks' right wing Pavel Bure scores 5 goals for Russia in a 7-4 semi-final win over Finland at the Nagano Winter Olympics

  • Feb 22 "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances
  • Feb 22 XVIII Winter Olympic Games close in Nagano Japan
  • Feb 22 Petr Svoboda scores the winner as the Czech Republic claims its first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 1-0 victory over Russia in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston, South Carolina on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • Feb 23 US Supreme Court lets Megan's Law (sex offenders information) stand
  • Feb 23 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31

Historic Publication

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

Knighthood

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

Music History

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

Historic Event

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

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

Sports History

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

  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 11 Khalid [Donnel Robinson], American singer (Location), born in Fort Stewart, Georgia
  • Feb 14 Arpad Flynn Busson, son of model Elle MacPherson, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 16 Mr Jefferson, Virginia, 1st cloned calf
  • Feb 25 Brendon Baerg, American actor

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 14 Golden Globe Award-winning actress Sharon Stone (40) weds San Francisco Examiner executive editor Phil Bronstein (47) in Beverly Hills, California
  • Feb 20 The warrior monk "Kung Fu" actor David Carradine (61) weds actress Marina Benjamin (45) on the Laramie Street on the back lot of Warner Bros. Studio
  • Feb 22 Singer-songwriter Tori Amos (34) weds British sound engineer Mark Hawley (34) in West Wycombe, England

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Feb 28 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker, murderer, executed at 38
  • Feb 5 Timothy "Tim" Kelly, American guitarist (Slaughter), dies in a car accident at 35
  • Feb 6 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Feb 6 Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/pres (1961-63), dies
  • Feb 6 Falco [Johann Hoelzel], Austrian singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • Feb 6 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • Feb 8 William Lambert, American Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)

Enoch Powell

Feb 8 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member infamous for his "Rivers of Blood" speech, dies at 85

  • Feb 9 Ken Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests, top score 137; first Test cricketer born in US), dies at 86
  • Feb 10 Buddy the Wonder Dog, dog (Air Bud), dies of cancer at 9
  • Feb 10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Jo Clayton, author, Cancer Died, Drums of Chaos, dies at 58
  • Feb 14 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Martha Gelhorn, female war correspondent (Reuters), dies at 89
  • Feb 15 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • Feb 15 Martha Gellhorn, American novelist and journalist who was one of the first female war correspondents, dies at 89
  • Feb 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (People, Mambo Italiano), commits suicide at 72
  • Feb 17 Ernst Jünger, German author and entomologist (Storm of Steel), dies at 102
  • Feb 18 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), dies of heart attack complications at 83
  • Feb 18 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • Feb 18 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
  • Feb 19 (Louis) "Grandpa" Jones, American country music singer and banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies
  • Feb 22 Sandy Hume, American correspondent (Fox News), commits suicide at 28
  • Feb 22 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Philip Abbott, American character actor (The FBI, Sweet Bird of Youth), dies at 73
  • Feb 24 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • Feb 24 Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
  • Feb 25 Umberto Mastroianni, Italian sculptor, dies at 87
  • Feb 25 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • Feb 25 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist, dies at 82
  • Feb 25 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • Feb 26 J T Walsh, actor (Good Morning Vietnam), dies at 54
  • Feb 26 Theodore Schultz, American agricultural economist (1979 Nobel Prize for Economics for development economics), dies at 95 [1]
  • Feb 27 J. T. Walsh, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Feb 27 George H. Hitchings, American scientist (Nobel laureate 1988), dies at 92
  • Feb 28 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Feb 28 Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat eho defe tef to the US (Foreign Ministry, 1958-73; United Nations Under-Secretary, 1973-78), dies of a heart attack at 67