Saturday, February 14, 1998
It's Valentine's Day. Did you remember the flowers?
Some Major League Baseball teams begin spring training.
On the horizon
On Sunday, February 15, Somali factions are tentatively
scheduled to meet at a national reconciliation conference.
On Monday, February 16, deadline is scheduled for
decision in Microsoft Corp. case involving whether temporary
workers should receive benefits.
On Tuesday, February 17, the trial of Jonathan Norman, charged with stalking film director Steven Spielberg, is scheduled to start in Santa Monica, California.
On Wednesday, February 18, multiparty talks on Northern Ireland's future open in Dublin.
On Thursday, February 19, preparatory talks will be held in London for an ASEM leaders summit in April.
On this day
In 1014, Pope Benedict VIII was crowned Henry II as Holy Roman Emperor.
In 1400, King Richard II of England, deposed from the throne
the previous year, died mysteriously in Pontefract Castle.
In 1477, the world's first known valentine was sent to John
Paston from Margery Brews, addressed "To my right welbelovyd
In 1779, British explorer Captain James Cook was murdered in Hawaii.
In 1797, the British fleet, under Admirals John Jervis and
Horatio Nelson, defeated the Spanish at the battle of St. Vincent off Portugal.
In 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state of the Union.
In 1891, William Tecumseh Sherman, Union general in the
American Civil War, died.
In 1893, Hawaii was annexed to the United States by treaty, but the treaty was withdrawn by President Grover Cleveland.
In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union.
In 1922, Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi began the first
regular radio broadcasting transmission from England.
In 1929, Al Capone's henchmen, in order to prevent the
hijacking of whiskey shipments, killed seven members of the Bugs Moran gang in the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" in a Chicago garage.
In 1939, the German navy launched its battleship Bismarck.
In 1943, in World War II, the Russians captured Rostov,
Voroshilovgrad and Krasny Sulin from the Germans.
In 1946, an electronic brain, or computer, began working at
the University of Pennsylvania, taking seconds to do calculations which normally took hours. It was called ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.
In 1950, a 30-year treaty was signed between the Soviet
Union and China in Moscow.
In 1956, the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party
opened, during which Nikita Khrushchev denounced the policies of Joseph Stalin.
In 1958, King Faisal of Iraq and King Hussein of Jordan
proclaimed the merger of their kingdoms in the "Arab
Federation," with King Faisal as head of state and