On This Day

What Happened on February 15, 1999

Historical Events

Sports Awards

7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win

  • Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.

Sports History

Wayne Gretzky records 5 assists in NY Rangers' 7-4 win over the Predators; takes a 1,000 point lead over Gordie Howe in all time NHL scoring lead; Gretzky's only appearance in Nashville

Famous Deaths

  • Big L [Lamont Coleman], American rapper (Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous), murdered at 24 after being shot 9 times in the face and chest in a drive-by shooting
  • Henry Way Kendall, American physicist (Nobel 1990-pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics), dies at 72
  • Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, dies at 86
1999 Highlights

About February 15, 1999

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 22 years, 9 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Washington's Birthday (United States)

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius