On This Day

What Happened on February 8, 1998

Historical Events


Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

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

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Finland beats Sweden, 6-0 at the Aqua Wing Arena in Nagano, Japan in the first female ice hockey game played in Olympic history
  • NHL stops season stops to accommodate the Nagano Winter Olympics; returns February 24

Famous Deaths


Person of interestEnoch Powell

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

British Politician Enoch Powell
British Politician
Enoch Powell
  • Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer (Nobel 1955), dies at 95
  • Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • William Lambert, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78
1998 Highlights

About February 8, 1998

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 22 years, 9 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius