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Sunday, February 22, 1998

  • Today's Events
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  • "Naturally, I, as a Russian, believe in our hardware and praise it, but all the American astronauts who came to Mir were also astounded by the excellent condition of the station."

    -- Cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyov

    Today's events

  • Extradition hearings for Maryland murder suspect Samuel Sheinbein are scheduled to start in Tel Aviv.

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    On the horizon

  • On Monday, February 23, the Whitewater-related trial of former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and attorney John Haley is scheduled to start.

  • On Tuesday, February 24, the fourth annual "Spay Day USA," a campaign by the Doris Day Animal League to reduce the pet population, takes place.

  • On Wednesday, February 25, the 40th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in New York City.

  • Thursday, February 26, marks the five year anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing in New York City.

  • On Friday, February 27, an estimated 600,000 teen-agers are expected to participate in a World Hunger Day event designed to teach children about global hunger issues.

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    On this day

  • In 1370, Robert II succeeded his uncle, David II, as King of Scotland, inaugurating the Stuart dynasty.

  • In 1512, Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer of the New World, died. German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller suggested giving his name to the American continents.

  • In 1732, George Washington, U.S. soldier, statesman and first president, born. He defeated the British commander Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781, sealing victory in the War of Independence.

  • In 1784, the Empress of China, first trading ship sent to China from the United States, set sail from New York on this day, arriving in China on August 28.

  • In 1787, in France, the Assembly of Notables met for the first time.

  • In 1819, United States acquired Florida from Spain under the terms of an accord signed by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Spanish minister Don Luis de Onis.

  • In 1825, in the United States, a pact with Colombia to suppress the African slave trade became the first treaty to be rejected by the Senate.

  • In 1847, in the American-Mexican War, 4,500 U.S. forces under Gen. Zachary Taylor defeated 18,000 Mexicans at the battle of Buena Vista and thus held the heights guarding the Angostura Pass.

  • In 1862, Jefferson Davis inaugurated as president of the Confederate States of America.

  • In 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first "Five Cent Store" store in Utica, New York.

  • In 1913, Francisco Madero, revolutionary president of Mexico, was assassinated by the military, along with vice-president Pino Suarez.

  • In 1924, in the United States, Calvin Coolidge became the first president to broadcast from the White House. The speech was broadcast on 42 stations.

  • In 1966, Ugandan Prime Minister Milton Obote took full powers and had five ministers arrested.

  • In 1967, forces of the United States and South Vietnam launched Operation Junction City, the biggest combined operation of the Vietnam War, attacking Communist forces in Tayninh Province north of Saigon.

  • In 1967, Indonesia's President Achmad Sukarno surrendered all power to premier General Suharto, remaining president in name only.

  • In 1979, the Caribbean island of St. Lucia gained full independence from Britain after 165 years. It became the 40th member state of the Commonwealth.

  • In 1980, the Israeli government introduced a new currency, the shekel, which replaced the Israeli pound.

  • In 1987, Andy Warhol, U.S. pop artist, died. "Pop Art," recreations of everyday objects, found its most famous expression in Warhol's Campbell soup-can label reproduction.

  • In 1991, in the Gulf War, the United States gave Iraq 24 hours to withdraw from Kuwait or face an all-out ground war.

  • In 1996, a court found Cambodian Prince Norodom Sirivudh, King Norodom Sihanouk's exiled half-brother, guilty of criminal conspiracy and illegal weapons possession and sentenced him in his absence to 10 years in jail.

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    America lost one of its great artists on this day in 1987. Take a cyber tour of the Andy Warhol Museum by clicking here.


    Holidays and more

  • Former baseball manager Sparky Anderson is 64.

  • Actress Drew Barrymore is 23.

  • Tennis player Michael Chang is 26.

  • Director Jonathan Demme is 54.

  • Actor Paul Dooley is 70.

  • NBA legend Julius Erving is 48.

  • Sen. Ted Kennedy is 66.

  • Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 39.

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

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