On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1998

Historical Events

  • 64th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #9 Ohio State, 31-14
  • 84th Rose Bowl: #1 Michigan beats #8 Washington State, 21-16
  • All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke-free
  • Mongolia switches from a 46 hour to 40 hour work week
  • Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
  • US Census Bureau estimates population at 268,921,733

Famous Birthdays

  • Marlene Lawston, American child actress

Famous Deaths

  • Åke Seyffarth, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10,000m 1948; WR 3,000 & 5,000m), dies at 78

Person of interestHelen Wills Moody

Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (19 Grand Slam titles), dies of natural causes at 92

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody

1998 Highlights

About January 1, 1998

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 23 years, 9 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn