What Happened on February 18, 2001

Historical Events

Daytona 500

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 Interest

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

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

Dale EarnhardtDale Earnhardt (1951-2001)

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

  • Eddie Mathews, American Baseball HOF third baseman (512 career HRs; 12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957, 68; Boston/Milwaukee Braves) and manager (Atlanta Braves 1972-74), dies from pneumonia at 69

About February 18, 2001

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 22 years, 3 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Stutter - Joe Featuring Mystikal
  • UK #1 Song: Whole Again - Atomic Kitten