What Happened on January 5, 1998

Historical Events

  • Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec & Ontario
  • Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue in Langelinie Park

Famous Weddings

  • "Hercules" actor Kevin Sorbo (39) weds actress Sam Jenkins (33) at the Beurge Chapel in Pacific Palisades, California

Famous Deaths

Sonny Bono (1935-1998)

American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), dies at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, when he hits a tree at 62

  • David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests, 13 dismissals; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny; Yorkshire CCC), dies from suicide at 46
  • Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), dies at 85

About January 5, 1998

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 25 years, 8 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight - Elton John
  • UK #1 Song: Perfect Day - Various Artists