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Wednesday, February 18, 1998

  • Today's Events
  • On Horizon
  • On This Day
  • Newslink
  • Holidays & more
  • Almanac archive
  • "When you see it's silver, it kind of kicks your butt."

    -- captain of the Canadian women's hockey team





    Today's events


  • Multiparty talks on Northern Ireland's future open in Dublin.

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    On the horizon


  • 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.

  • On Sunday, February 22, extradition hearings for Maryland murder suspect Samuel Sheinbein are scheduled to start in Tel Aviv.

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

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    On this day


  • In 1248, imperial forces under Frederick II were defeated at Parma in Italy.

  • In 1405, Timur Lenk, whose violent conquests in the late 14th century ranged from China to the Mediterranean, died while leading an expedition to China.

  • In 1478, George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his brother Edward IV, was murdered in the Tower of London.

  • In 1546, Martin Luther, leader of the 16th century Protestant reformation, died.

  • In 1564, Michelangelo Buonarotti, Italian painter, sculptor and architect, died; his works included the Sistine Chapel, "The Last Judgment" and the statue of "David."

  • In 1685, in America, explorer Renee-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle established a French colony at Fort St Louis in Texas.

  • In 1861, in Italy, the first parliament met and proclaimed Victor Emmanuel as king.

  • In 1865, in the American Civil War, the Unionist fleet took the town of Charleston, South Carolina.

  • In 1884, British General Charles Gordon arrived at Khartoum in the Sudan in an attempt to end to the rebellion by the Mahdi.

  • In 1900, the battle of Paardeberg began in the second Boer War; the Boers under Piet Cronje eventually surrendered on February 27 under the weight of British artillery led by Lord Roberts.

  • In 1915, Germany began a blockade of England using submarines.

  • In 1916, the last German soldiers in Cameroon surrendered to the Allies, ending German control of the colony.

  • In 1918, the German army launched an offensive against Russia and within a week had occupied the Baltic states.

  • In 1930, Clyde William Tombaugh, working with photographic plates at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona, discovered the planet Pluto.

  • In 1944, British aircraft bombed Amiens prison in France, allowing 100 prisoners to escape.

  • In 1951, in Nepal, a new council of ministers was sworn in, ending century-old Rana domination and starting a new democracy.

  • In 1956, French composer Gustave Charpentier died.

  • In 1960, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay agreed to set up a Latin American Free Trade Association.

  • In 1965, The Gambia became an independent state within the Commonwealth.

  • In 1967, Robert Oppenheimer, U.S. physicist and father of the atomic bomb, died.

  • In 1980, in Canada, Pierre Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party, returned to office as prime minister.

  • In 1981, U.S. President Reagan's first budget proposed the largest tax cuts and spending curbs ever for an administration.

  • In 1991, an IRA bomb exploded in London's Victoria Railway station, killing one and injuring at least 40 people.

  • In 1996, an IRA explosion ripped apart a bus in London, killing one person and injuring nine others.

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    Newslink


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    Holidays and more


  • The Gambia celebrates National Day.

  • Author Helen Gurley Brown is 76.

  • Actor Matt Dillon is 34.

  • Director Milos Forman is 66.

  • Actor George Kennedy is 71.

  • Novelist Toni Morrison is 67.

  • Singer Juice Newton is 46.

  • Musician and artist Yoko Ono is 65.

  • Actor Jack Palance is 78.

  • Actress Molly Ringwald is 30.

  • Actress Greta Scacchi is 38.

  • Actress Cybill Shepherd is 48.

  • Actor John Travolta is 43.

  • TV personality Vanna White is 41.

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

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