What Happened in January 1998

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke-free
  • Jan 1 Mongolia switches from a 46 hour to 40 hour work week
  • Jan 1 US Census Bureau estimates population at 268,921,733
  • Jan 1 Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
  • Jan 1 84th Rose Bowl: #1 Michigan beats #8 Washington State, 21-16
  • Jan 1 64th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #9 Ohio State, 31-14
  • Jan 2 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine
  • Jan 2 64th Orange Bowl: #2 Nebraska beats #3 Tennessee, 42-17
  • Jan 3 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • Jan 3 Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
  • Jan 4 "Funny Thing Happened" closes at St James NYC after 715 perform
  • Jan 4 "Ivanov" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • Jan 4 "Triumph of Love" closes at Royale Theater NYC
  • Jan 4 Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
  • Jan 4 A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
  • Jan 5 Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec & Ontario
  • Jan 5 Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
  • Jan 6 Barry Switzer resigns as Dallas Cowboy coach
  • Jan 6 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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Jan 7 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Jan 8 NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position

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Jan 8 Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • Jan 8 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life
  • Jan 9 Anatoly Karpov defeats Viswanathan Anand to retain chess title
  • Jan 9 Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov spacewalk record 3 hrs 8 mins
  • Jan 9 Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving
  • Jan 9 Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned
  • Jan 9 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever
  • Jan 10 18th United Negro College Fund raises (rebroadcasted Jan 17th)
  • Jan 11 "Proposals," closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • Jan 11 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers 23-10
  • Jan 11 US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • Jan 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Jan 11 Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 24th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Actor Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Jan 12 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • Jan 13 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" opens at St James Theater NYC
  • Jan 13 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years
  • Jan 14 100th episode of "Ellen" airs

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Jan 14 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • Jan 14 Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).
  • Jan 15 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again

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Jan 15 Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli

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Jan 17 US President Bill Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Jan 18 "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater NYC
  • Jan 18 48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver
  • Jan 18 ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando
  • Jan 18 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

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Jan 18 Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Jan 18 United Cerebral Palsy Telethon

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 18 55th Golden Globes: Titanic, Peter Fonda, & Judi Dench win

Actress Judi Dench
Judi Dench
  • Jan 20 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles
  • Jan 20 Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming
  • Jan 20 3rd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: L.A. Confidential wins Best Film
  • Jan 21 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
  • Jan 22 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild

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Jan 22 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jan 22 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
  • Jan 22 World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe

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Jan 23 Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 25 Musical "Grease" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance
  • Jan 25 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" closes at St James Theater NYC

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Jan 25 Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Jan 25 Helen Alfredsson wins Office Depot LPGA tournament

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Jan 25 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers 31-24
  • Jan 25 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.
  • Jan 25 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba and demands the release of political prisoners; he also condemns US moves to isolate the country
  • Jan 25 14th Sundance Film Festival: "Slam" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 26 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win
  • Jan 26 Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip
  • Jan 26 President Bill Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"
  • Jan 27 Crane crashes into Roosevelt Island tram (NYC), injuring 10
  • Jan 27 Roland Clarkson discovers 2^3021377-1 (37th known Mersenne prime)
  • Jan 27 WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock

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Jan 28 Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million

Painter Michelangelo
  • Jan 29 "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
  • Jan 29 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 29 Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR
  • Jan 29 Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die
  • Jan 29 Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed
  • Jan 30 All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
  • Jan 30 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
  • Jan 30 Paul Simon's "The Capeman" premieres
  • Jan 31 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Marlene Lawston, American child actress
  • Jan 12 Nathan Gamble, American child actor

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 5 "Hercules" actor Kevin Sorbo (39) weds actress Sam Jenkins (33) at the Beurge Chapel in Pacific Palisades, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 10 Major League Baseball outfielder Barry Bonds (33) weds Elizabeth Watson (28) at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 8 Roseanne files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Famous Deaths

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Jan 1 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (31 Grand Slams), dies at 92

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jan 2 Frank Muir, English writer, raconteur (b. 1920)
  • Jan 4 John Gary, singer, dies at 65
  • Jan 4 Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 5 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 5 Sonny Bono, (Rep-R-Ca)/singer (Sonny & Cher), dies skiing at 62
  • Jan 5 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 7 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss Chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • Jan 8 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • Jan 9 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1981) dies at 79
  • Jan 9 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, conductor, dies at 71
  • Jan 15 Gulzarilal Nanda, temporary PM of India (1964, 66), dies
  • Jan 15 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • Jan 16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, blues musician, dies at 67
  • Jan 16 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (b. 1921)
  • Jan 17 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • Jan 19 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
  • Jan 20 Zevulun Hammer, Vice PM of Israel, dies
  • Jan 20 Bobo Brazil, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Jan 21 Jack Lord, American actor (b. 1920)
  • Jan 23 Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies
  • Jan 24 Jay Monahan, husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42
  • Jan 25 Mohammad Yusuf Khan, prime minister of Afganistan in (1963-65), dies
  • Jan 26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • Jan 26 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • Jan 26 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • Jan 29 Joseph Alioto, mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
  • Jan 30 Ricky Sanderson, stabbed 16-year old girl in NC, executed at 38
  • Jan 30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)