Historical Events in February 1998

  • Feb 1 "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances
  • Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Marcelo Rios of Chile 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
  • Feb 1 Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 29-24; MVP: Warren Moon, Seattle Seahawks, QB, HI
  • Feb 2 Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • Feb 2 Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
  • Feb 3 Cavalese cable car disaster: 20 people killed after NATO aircraft severs a cable car line

NHL Record

Feb 3 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals

  • Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas, first woman executed in the United States since 1984
  • Feb 3 Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby
  • Feb 3 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman

Historic Event

Feb 3 Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain

  • Feb 4 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000

Historic Event

Feb 4 Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

  • Feb 5 Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • Feb 5 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • Feb 6 In Corsica, the prefect Claude Erignac is assassinated in Ajaccio, presumably by Yvan Colonna.
  • Feb 6 Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years
  • Feb 6 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers

Historic Event

Feb 6 Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport

  • Feb 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • Feb 7 XVIII Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 8 48th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 135-114; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

  • Feb 8 Finland beats Sweden, 6-0 at the Aqua Wing Arena in Nagano, Japan in the first female ice hockey game played in Olympic history
  • Feb 8 NHL stops season stops to accommodate the Nagano Winter Olympics; returns February 24

ESPY Awards

Feb 9 6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win

Assassination Attempt

Feb 9 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze

  • Feb 10 AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
  • Feb 10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 10 Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon the law
  • Feb 11 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear

Historic Event

Feb 11 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview

  • Feb 11 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500
  • Feb 12 "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC
  • Feb 12 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt
  • Feb 12 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach

Historic Event

Feb 12 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740

  • Feb 12 US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional
  • Feb 14 29th NAACP Image Awards: "Soul Food" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 14 Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.

Daytona 500

Feb 15 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt's only Daytona win in his 20th start; snaps a 59-race winless streak

Angel of the North

Feb 15 The Angel of the North, a large-scale steel sculpture 20 m (66 ft) tall by Antony Gormley is installed at Gateshead, northern England

  • Feb 16 Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
  • Feb 17 Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
  • Feb 17 NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft overtakes Pioneer 10 to become the farthest object from earth in space
  • Feb 17 US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
  • Feb 17 USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal

Music History

Feb 18 Andrea Bocelli makes his operatic debut as Rodolfo in "La bohème" at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari

  • Feb 18 NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
  • Feb 18 Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • Feb 19 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • Feb 20 American world champion Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal ahead of teammate Michelle Kwan at the Nagano Winter Games

Historic Event

Feb 20 UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations

  • Feb 20 US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

Olympic Games

Feb 20 Vancouver Canucks' right wing Pavel Bure scores 5 goals for Russia in a 7-4 semi-final win over Finland at the Nagano Winter Olympics

  • Feb 22 "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances
  • Feb 22 Petr Svoboda scores the winner as the Czech Republic claims its first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 1-0 victory over Russia in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 22 XVIII Winter Olympic Games close in Nagano Japan
  • Feb 23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston, South Carolina on WAVF 96.1 FM

Historic Publication

Feb 23 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders

  • Feb 23 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31
  • Feb 23 US Supreme Court lets Megan's Law (sex offenders information) stand

Knighthood

Feb 24 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

  • Feb 25 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist

Music History

Feb 25 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges

  • Feb 25 Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich

Film & TV History

Feb 26 Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

  • Feb 26 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
  • Feb 26 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
  • Feb 27 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 27 Apple discontinues development of the Newton computer
  • Feb 27 Britain's House of Lords agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
  • Feb 27 FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
  • Feb 27 NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
  • Feb 28 "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Feb 28 First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
  • Feb 28 Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.

Sports History

Feb 28 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points