Sunday, February 22, 1998
Extradition hearings for Maryland murder suspect Samuel Sheinbein are scheduled to start in Tel Aviv.
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.
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.
America lost one of its great artists on this day in 1987. Take a cyber tour of the Andy Warhol Museum by clicking
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan