On This Day

Historical Events in February 1999

  • Feb 3 In Jammu and Kashmir the political party Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir) is revived.
  • Feb 4 MV New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon
  • Feb 4 Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.
  • Feb 7 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-10; Keyshawn Johnson, NY Jets, QB; Ty Law, New England Patriots, CB
  • Feb 7 Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
  • Feb 10 49th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Thin Red Line" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Pluto moves further away from the sun than Neptune regaining its status as solar system's outermost planet, a title it will retain for 228 years
  • Feb 12 Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food

Daytona 500

Feb 14 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins; first Daytona 500 pole sitter to win the race since Bill Elliott in 1987

  • Feb 14 30th NAACP Image Awards: "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Sports History

Feb 15 Wayne Gretzky records 5 assists in NY Rangers' 7-4 win over the Predators; takes a 1,000 point lead over Gordie Howe in all time NHL scoring lead; Gretzky's only appearance in Nashville

  • Feb 15 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.

ESPY Awards

Feb 15 7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win

Sports History

Feb 16 O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend

  • Feb 16 Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
  • Feb 20 Toronto Maple Leafs play their first NHL home game at Air Canada Centre; Steve Thomas scores overtime winner in a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens

Historic Event

Feb 21 Lahore Declaration signed between India's Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan's Navaz Sharif on use of nuclear weapons

  • Feb 23 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey
  • Feb 23 An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31

Album Release

Feb 23 Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)

  • Feb 23 British TV drama "Queer as Folk" written by Russell T. Davies, starring Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam premieres on Channel 4
  • Feb 24 The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him.
  • Feb 24 A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.

Grammy Awards

Feb 24 41st Grammy Awards: "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)" and Lauryn Hill win

  • Feb 26 15th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 27 Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983
  • Feb 27 Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung
  • Feb 27 Aston Villa are the last Premier League team to play a match with an all-English starting XI in a 4-1 defeat by Coventry