Saturday, February 7, 1998
The first events of the 1998 Winter Olympics get under way.
A memorial Mass for former "Saturday Night Live"
comedian Chris Farley will be held in Milwaukee.
On the horizon
On Sunday, February 8, the NBA All-Star Game tips off.
On Monday, February 9, Russian President Boris Yeltsin is scheduled to visit Rome and meet with Pope John Paul II.
On Tuesday, February 10, nominations are announced for the 70th Academy Awards.
Wednesday, February 11, is the deadline for Attorney General Janet Reno to decide whether an independent counsel is needed to look at Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's role in his department's rejection of an Indian casino.
On Thursday, February 12, the European Union Rio Group meets in Panama.
On Friday, February 13, the U.S.-Latin America Resort and Tourism Development Conference ends.
On this day
In 1301, King Edward I of England revived the title of Prince of Wales and bestowed it on Edward of Caernarvon, later Edward II.
In 1792, Austria and Prussia formed an alliance against
In 1837, Gustav IV, king of Sweden 1792-1809, died. Due to his foreign policy, Sweden became totally isolated and in March 1809 he was overthrown in a coup.
In 1878, Pope Pius IX died. At 31 years, 236 days, his
pontificate was the longest in history.
In 1904, the biggest fire in the United States since the great Chicago blaze of 1871 broke out in Baltimore, destroying more than 2,600 buildings.
In 1931, "Peter Ibbetson," an American opera composed by
Deems Taylor, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
In 1941, the British captured Benghazi in Libya for the first time; they held it until April but were then forced to evacuate, recapturing it again in December.
In 1959, Daniel Francois Malan, South African politician and
creator of the apartheid policy, died.
In 1964, amid scenes of mass hysteria, the Beatles pop group
arrived in the United States for the first time.
In 1968, all 10 provincial premiers of Canada agreed to draft a new constitution giving the French language equal status with English throughout Canada.
In 1971, in Switzerland, a referendum voted in favor of
In 1982, Luis Alberto Monge Alvarez was elected president of
In 1984, U.S. astronaut Bruce McCandless flew up to 100 yards from the Space Shuttle "Challenger" using only a powered backpack, the first time it had been done.
In 1986, President Jean-Claude Duvalier of Haiti fled to
France after demonstrations against his rule.
In 1990, the Soviet Communist Party leadership agreed to
surrender its 70-year monopoly on power, paving the way for a multi-party democracy.
In 1991, a mortar bomb attack was made on Number 10 Downing
Street, the official residence of Prime Minister John Major,
from a vehicle in a nearby street.
In 1991, popular leftist priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president.
In 1992, European Community ministers formally signed the
Maastricht Treaty of European Union.
In 1994, the European Union backed the use of air strikes to
relieve besieged Sarajevo.
In 1994, Iran arrested more than 20 "morally corrupt"
suspects in a plot to assassinate President Akbar Hashemi
In 1996, Rene Preval became Haiti's second freely elected president.
Have you caught the curling craze yet?
Holidays and more
Grenada celebrates Independence Day.
It is Jumma-Tul-Wida in Pakistan.
Singer Garth Brooks is 36.
Actor Miguel Ferrer is 44.
NBA star Juwan Howard is 25.
Actor James Spader is 38.
Author Gay Talese is 66.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan