On This Day

What Happened on January 15, 1998

Historical Events

  • Australian schoolboy Ian Thorpe becomes youngest ever male to become a world swimming champion when he wins 400m freestyle aged 15 years, 3 months in Perth; also wins event at 2001 & 2003 World Championships

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Dino Ciccarelli finds his 5th NHL club; traded from Tampa Bay Lightning to Florida Panthers

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli

Historic ExpeditionJohn Glenn Orbits Earth

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

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
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Famous Deaths

  • Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist. temporary Prime Minister of India (1964, 1966), dies at 99
  • Junior Wells, American blues singer (In My Younger Days), dies at 63
1998 Highlights

About January 15, 1998

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 22 years, 10 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn