On This Day

What Happened on February 18, 2001

Historical Events


CarDaytona 500

43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins tragic race; last lap crash claims life of Dale Earnhardt, prompting sport to implement new safety procedures

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen

Famous Weddings

  • Comedian Kathy Griffin (37) weds computer administrator Matthew Moline (32) at the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood

Famous Deaths

  • Balthus [Balthazar Klossowski], French Polish painter, dies at 92

Person of interestDale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), dies in crash during Daytona 500 at 49

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt
  • Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, dies at 69
2001 Highlights

About February 18, 2001

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 19 years, 9 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aquarius