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Thursday, February 17, 2000


I have a lot of sympathy for John McCain and Gov. Bush....It's hard to run against the largest economic expansion, the lowest crime rates and the lowest welfare rolls in 30 years.

President Bill Clinton, in his first news conference of 2000, commenting on remarks by Republican presidential candidates, about Clinton's character.


today's events

  • Microsoft Corp. is expected to ship out the newest version of Windows NT.

  • Clinton is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the National Summit on Africa.

  • A trial is expected to open in Montana on a claim by the mistress of the late television journalist Charles Kuralt to his fishing retreat in Montana.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, February 18, Iran plans to hold parliamentary elections.

  • On Saturday, February 19, a Republican primary is scheduled in South Carolina.

  • On Sunday, February 20, the Phoenix Blues Society Music Festival is scheduled in Mesa, Arizona.

  • On Monday, February 21, Presidents Day is celebrated in the United States.

  • On Tuesday, February 22, the U.S. Supreme Court returns from a January recess.


To learn more about the National Summit on Africa, click here.


  • Former football player Jim Brown is 64.
  • Actress Rene Russo is 46.
  • Former basketball player Michael Jordan is 37.
  • Country singer Bryan White is 26.

on this day

  • In 1817, a street in Baltimore became the first to be lighted with gas from America's first gas company.

  • In 1865, Columbia, South Carolina, burned as Union troops marched in and the Confederates evacuated.

  • In 1933, "Newsweek" began publication.

  • In 1947, the Voice of America first broadcast to the Soviet Union.

  • In 1964, the Supreme Court ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be roughly equal in population.

  • In 1972, President Nixon made a historic trip to China.

  • In 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison.

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