Historical Events in 1998

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

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Jan 7th 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 8th NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11th 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 12th Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • Jan 13th "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" opens at St James Theater NYC
  • Jan 13th CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years
  • Jan 14th 100th episode of "Ellen" airs

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Jan 14th Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

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

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Jan 15th 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 17th US President Bill Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones

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

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Jan 18th Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

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

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

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Jan 23rd Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba

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

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Jan 25th 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 25th Helen Alfredsson wins Office Depot LPGA tournament

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

  • Jan 25th Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers 31-24
  • Jan 25th Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.
  • Jan 25th Pope John Paul II visits Cuba and demands the release of political prisoners; he also condemns US moves to isolate the country
  • Jan 25th 14th Sundance Film Festival: "Slam" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 26th 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win
  • Jan 26th Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip
  • Jan 26th 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 27th Crane crashes into Roosevelt Island tram (NYC), injuring 10
  • Jan 27th Roland Clarkson discovers 2^3021377-1 (37th known Mersenne prime)
  • Jan 27th WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock

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

Painter Michelangelo
  • Jan 29th "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
  • Jan 29th Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 29th Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR
  • Jan 29th Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die
  • Jan 29th Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed
  • Jan 30th All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
  • Jan 30th Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
  • Jan 30th Paul Simon's "The Capeman" premieres
  • Jan 31st STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands
  • Feb 1st "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 perf
  • Feb 1st Australian Mixed: J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (62 61)
  • Feb 1st NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 29-24
  • Feb 1st Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • Feb 1st 86th Men's Australian Open: Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (6-2, 6-2, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1st 86th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Conchita Martinez (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Feb 2nd Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • Feb 2nd Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
  • Feb 3rd Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals
  • Feb 3rd NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
  • Feb 3rd Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain
  • Feb 3rd US military plane clips cable car lines in northern Italy, kills 20
  • Feb 3rd Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby
  • Feb 3rd Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
  • Feb 3rd Cavalese cable car disaster: 20 people killed after NATO aircraft severs a cable car line

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Feb 4th Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Feb 4th An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
  • Feb 5th Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • Feb 5th Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • Feb 5th Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)
  • Feb 6th Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
  • Feb 6th Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years
  • Feb 6th In Corsica, the prefect Claude Erignac is assassinated in Ajaccio, presumably by Yvan Colonna.

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Feb 6th Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Feb 7th 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 7th NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • Feb 8th 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
  • Feb 8th 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC
  • Feb 8th NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics
  • Feb 9th Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
  • Feb 9th 6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win
  • Feb 10th AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
  • Feb 10th Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 10th Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law.
  • Feb 11th KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview
  • Feb 11th Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500
  • Feb 11th 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12th "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC
  • Feb 12th 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt
  • Feb 12th Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
  • Feb 12th Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
  • Feb 12th US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional
  • Feb 14th Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
  • Feb 14th 29th NAACP Image Awards: "Soul Food" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 15th Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
  • Feb 15th 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt wins (172.712 MPH)
  • Feb 16th Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
  • Feb 17th US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
  • Feb 17th Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
  • Feb 17th USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
  • Feb 18th NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
  • Feb 18th Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
  • Feb 19th Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • Feb 19th US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • Feb 20th Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
  • Feb 20th UN Sec-Gen Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
  • Feb 20th US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

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Feb 22nd "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Feb 22nd 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan
  • Feb 23rd Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • Feb 23rd US Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
  • Feb 23rd Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31

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Feb 23rd Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

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Feb 24th Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Singer Elton John
Elton John
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 24th NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics
  • Feb 25th Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
  • Feb 25th Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
  • Feb 25th 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist

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Feb 26th Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Feb 26th Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
  • Feb 26th Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
  • Feb 27th Apple discontinues development of the Newton computer
  • Feb 27th FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
  • Feb 27th NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
  • Feb 27th Britain's House of Lords agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27th 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win

Rapper Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 27th 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 28th "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

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Feb 28th Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Feb 28th First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
  • Feb 28th Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
  • Mar 1st "Art" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Mar 2nd Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
  • Mar 3rd Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Mar 4th Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
  • Mar 6th First time the British Union Flag is flown over Buckingham Palace (following the controversy after Princess Dian's death; formerly the only flag flown was the Sovereign's standard indicating the monarch's presence.)
  • Mar 6th Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Connecticut state lottery
  • Mar 7th 19th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 69-64

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Mar 8th The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in "Titanic") with their Founders Award

Actress Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart
  • Mar 8th 45th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats #1 Duke, 83-68
  • Mar 8th 39th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats South Carolina, 86-56
  • Mar 12th "Sound of Music," opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Mar 15th "Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater NYC
  • Mar 15th An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran
  • Mar 16th Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.
  • Mar 19th "Ah Wilderness!" opens at Vivian Beaumont theater
  • Mar 22nd 18th Golden Raspberry Awards: The Postman wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 23rd 70th Academy Awards: "Titanic", Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt win

  • Mar 24th Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.
  • Mar 24th A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
  • Mar 26th Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • Mar 29th 17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Louisiana Tech 93-75
  • Mar 29th Vasco da Gama Road bridge opens in Lisbon, Portugal as the longest bridge in Europe
  • Mar 30th 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Utah 78-69
  • Mar 31st Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1st game they host Detroit Tigers
  • Apr 4th NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • Apr 4th 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Earth Summit wins
  • Apr 6th Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • Apr 10th The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish goverments
  • Apr 12th 62nd Masters Golf Tournament: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 12th An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.

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Apr 18th 1998 NFL Draft: Peyton Manning from University of Tennessee first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Apr 18th 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director
  • Apr 20th TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.