January 1998 in History

Events in History

  • 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 2 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine
  • Jan 3 Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
  • 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

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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

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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 Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned
  • 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.
  • Jan 12 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • Jan 14 100th episode of "Ellen" airs
  • Jan 14 Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis)

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Jan 15 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn

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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 ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando
  • Jan 20 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles
  • Jan 20 Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming
  • Jan 21 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
  • Jan 22 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit

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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

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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 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 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)

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

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo
  • 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 Alabama bombed, 1 killed
  • 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

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Frank Muir, English writer, raconteur (b. 1920)
  • 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 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 15 Gulzarilal Nanda, temporary PM of India (1964, 66), dies
  • Jan 16 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, dies at 84
  • Jan 20 Zevulun Hammer, Vice PM of Israel, dies
  • 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 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