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Historical Events in February 1998

  • Feb 1 "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 29-24; MVP: Warren Moon, Seattle Seahawks, QB, HI
  • Feb 1 Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • 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 2 Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • Feb 2 Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Feb 3 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman

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

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Feb 3 Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby
  • Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas, first woman executed in the United States since 1984
  • Feb 3 Cavalese cable car disaster: 20 people killed after NATO aircraft severs a cable car line

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

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Feb 4 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000
  • 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 5 Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)
  • Feb 6 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
  • 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 In Corsica, the prefect Claude Erignac is assassinated in Ajaccio, presumably by Yvan Colonna.

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Feb 6 Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Feb 7 XVIII Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • 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

Sport awardNBA 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

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Feb 8 NHL stops season stops to accommodate the Nagano Winter Olympics; returns February 24
  • Feb 9 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
  • Feb 9 6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win
  • 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

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

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
  • Feb 11 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500
  • Feb 11 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • 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

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Feb 12 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740

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

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

EnglandAngel 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
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The Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gormley in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
The Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gormley in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
  • Feb 16 Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
  • Feb 17 US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
  • Feb 17 Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
  • Feb 17 USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
  • 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.

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

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli
  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • Feb 19 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • Feb 20 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal

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

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan
  • Feb 20 US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

OlympicsOlympic 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

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • Feb 22 "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances
  • Feb 22 XVIII Winter Olympic Games close in Nagano Japan
  • 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 23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston, South Carolina on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • Feb 23 US Supreme Court lets Megan's Law (sex offenders information) stand
  • Feb 23 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

KnightedKnighthood

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

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 25 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
  • Feb 25 Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
  • Feb 25 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist

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

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Feb 26 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
  • Feb 26 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
  • Feb 27 Apple discontinues development of the Newton computer
  • 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 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win

  • Feb 27 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 28 "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

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

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 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.