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Monday, February 16, 1998

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  • "We had animals in the office, animals in the gift shop, animals in the hallway."

    -- Ann Bull of Friends of the Sea Lion

    Today's events

  • Deadline is scheduled for decision in Microsoft Corp. case involving whether temporary workers should receive benefits.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Friday, February 20, the start of the "Women of Color and Allies Summit: Linking Arms in Dangerous Times" begins in Arlington, Virginia.

  • On Saturday, February 21, the National Governors Association holds its winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

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    On this day

  • In 1804, the U.S. frigate Philadelphia, held captive by Barbary pirates at Tripoli, was destroyed by an American party led by Stephen Decatur, thus denying its use by the Tripolitans.

  • In 1808, France invaded Spain in the Peninsular War.

  • In 1862, in the American Civil war, Fort Donelson was surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant by the Confederates.

  • In 1918, Lithuania proclaimed its independence from Russia.

  • In 1923, the Allied Powers Ambassadors' Conference decided to place Memelland, an area on the Baltic Sea, under Lithuanian control.

  • In 1933, fearing threats from Germany, the Little Entente -- a mutual defense agreement between Czechoslovakia, Romania and Yugoslavia -- was reorganised, creating a permanent council that met three times a year to direct a common policy.

  • In 1936, the Popular Front won the general election in Spain; Manuel Azana became premier and reestablished the constitution of 1931.

  • In 1937, Nylon was first developed by Dr. Wallace Carothers and his U.S. research team.

  • In 1944, the Japanese naval base at Truk, Caroline Islands, was bombed by Allied aircraft destroying 201 planes.

  • In 1945, Venezuela declared war on Germany and Japan.

  • In 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that ousted right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista on January 1.

  • In 1960, the U.S. nuclear submarine Triton began its underwater round-the-world trip.

  • In 1984, Iran said it had broken through Iraqi defenses at the start of what Tehran Radio described as a "massive offensive" and claimed to have killed or wounded 1,200 Iraqi soldiers in the first 11 hours of fighting.

  • In 1987, the trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" of the Treblinka death camp in World War II, began in Israel.

  • In 1991, Enrique Bermudez, a former leader of the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, was assassinated in Managua.

  • In 1994, a Jerusalem court found former heads of Israel's top four banks guilty of fraud in a 1983 bank shares scandal that shook the country and cost the government $9 billion.

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    On Sunday, Dale Earnhardt finally won NASCAR's most prestigious event, The Daytona 500. Learn more about the speedway at Daytona USA.


    Holidays and more

  • The United States marks Presidents' Day.

  • Canada celebrates Family Day.

  • It's Independence Day in Lithuania.

  • Turkmenistan marks National Flag Day.

  • Former tennis star John McEnroe is 39.

  • Actor LeVar Burton is 41.

  • Singer James Ingram is 42.

  • Actor William Katt is 43.

  • Actor Barry Primus is 60.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan

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