On This Day

What Happened on January 15, 1998

Day of the Week: Thursday

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

Famous Deaths

  • Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist. temporary Prime Minster of India (1964, 1966), dies at 99
  • Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63