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February 1998 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • Feb 2 Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • Feb 2 Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board

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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 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

MurderAssassination Attempt

Feb 9 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze

President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat Eduard Shevardnadze
President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat
Eduard Shevardnadze
  • Feb 10 AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
  • 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 12 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt

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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.

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
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  • 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 NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft overtakes Pioneer 10 to become the farthest object from earth in space
  • 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

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

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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 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
  • 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.

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 16 Mr Jefferson, Virginia, 1st cloned calf

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker, murderer, executed at 38
  • Feb 6 Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/pres (1961-63), dies
  • Feb 6 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • Feb 8 Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer (Nobel 1955), dies at 95
  • Feb 8 William Lambert, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)

Person of interestEnoch Powell

Feb 8 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member infamous for his "Rivers of Blood" speech, dies at 85

British Politician Enoch Powell
British Politician
Enoch Powell
  • Feb 9 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95
  • Feb 10 Buddy the Wonder Dog, dog (Air Bud), dies of cancer at 9
  • Feb 10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Jo Clayton, author, Cancer Died, Drums of Chaos, dies at 58
  • Feb 15 Martha Gelhorn, female war correspondent (Reuters), dies at 89
  • Feb 15 Martha Gellhorn, American novelist and journalist who was one of the first female war correspondents, dies at 89
  • Feb 17 Ernst Jünger, German author and entomologist (Storm of Steel), dies at 102
  • Feb 18 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • Feb 22 Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies
  • Feb 22 Sandy Hume, American correspondent (Fox News), commits suicide at 28
  • Feb 22 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 24 Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
  • Feb 25 Umberto Mastroianni, Italian sculptor, dies at 87
  • Feb 25 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist, dies at 82
  • Feb 27 George H. Hitchings, American scientist (Nobel laureate 1988), dies at 92
  • Feb 28 Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)