February 8, 1998 in Nation/World



Ten years ago: Bob Dole won a convincing victory in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses, while Dick Gephardt came in first among Democrats. Historians said Austrian President Kurt Waldheim had been aware of Nazi atrocities during World War II, but left open the question of personal guilt.

Five years ago: General Motors sued NBC, alleging that the “Dateline NBC” program had rigged two car-truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fires in side impact crashes. NBC settled the lawsuit the following day.

One year ago: President Clinton announced in his weekly radio address that he was releasing the first of a $200 million program of grants to provide schools with computers and Internet training.

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