On This Day

What Happened on February 18, 2001

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

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

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, Polish-born painter (b. 1908)
  • Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), dies in crash during Daytona 500 at 49
  • Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, dies at 69