Today in History for February 2002
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Events 1 - 16 of 16
3rd - Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB
8th - XIX Winter Olympics opens in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
12th - US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository.
12th - An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes prior to landing in Khorramabad, Iran, killing 119.
12th - The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.
14th - The Tullaghmurray Lass sinks off the coast of Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland killing three members of the same family on board.
15th - At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium's property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry.
17th - Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.
17th - 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.
19th - NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
20th - In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
22nd - Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
24th - XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
24th - Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal
27th - Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya;
27th - Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.
Weddings 1 - 3 of 3
2nd - Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (38) weds Argentinean born Maxima Zorreguieta (34) at the Beurs van Berlage
17th - Actress Joan Collins (68) weds theater company manager Percy Gibson at Claridge's Hotel in London
23rd - "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas
Deaths 1 - 31 of 31
1st - Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
2nd - Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
2nd - Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
4th - George Nader, American film and television actor (b. 1921)
6th - Max Perutz, Austrian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1914)
7th - Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
8th - Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
8th - Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
9th - Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
9th - Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
10th - Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler's secretary (b. 1920)
10th - Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
11th - Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
11th - Frank Crosetti, baseball player (b. 1910)
13th - Waylon Jennings, American musician (b. 1937)
14th - Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)
15th - Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)
15th - Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (b. 1963)
16th - Walter Winterbottom, England football manager (b. 1913)
Actor Kevin Smith (15th) 21st - Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (b. 1939)
21st - John Thaw, English actor (b. 1942)
22nd - Chuck Jones, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
22nd - Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel leader (b. 1934)
22nd - Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and war hero (b. 1916)
22nd - Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)
24th - Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
24th - Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer and pianist (b. 1912)
26th - Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)
27th - Spike Milligan, Irish comedian (b. 1918)
28th - Mary Stuart, American actress (b. 1926)
28th - Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)