Historical Events in January 1998

  • 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 1 84th Rose Bowl: #1 Michigan beats #8 Washington State, 21-16
  • Jan 1 64th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #9 Ohio State, 31-14
  • Jan 2 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine
  • Jan 2 64th Orange Bowl: #2 Nebraska beats #3 Tennessee, 42-17
  • Jan 3 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • Jan 3 Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
  • Jan 3 Los Angeles Clippers head coach Bill Fitch coaches his 2,000th NBA game, a 97-88 win against the Dallas Mavericks at the LA Memorial Sports Arena
  • Jan 4 "Funny Thing Happened" closes at St James NYC after 715 perform
  • Jan 4 "Ivanov" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • Jan 4 "Triumph of Love" closes at Royale Theater NYC
  • 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
  • Jan 6 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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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 7 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal blocks 3 shots in a 114-102 win over Milwaukee to bring his career total to 1,002

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • Jan 8 NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position

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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 Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving
  • Jan 9 Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned
  • Jan 9 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever

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Jan 10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Karina Habšudová & Karol Kučera beat French pair Mary Pierce & Cédric Pioline 6-3, 6-4 for a 2-1 win, and Slovakia's first title

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline
  • Jan 10 Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan wins his 600th NBA game with a 111-84 victory at the Houston Rockets

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Jan 10 Vancouver Canucks veteran center Mark Messier becomes the 6th player in NHL history to record 1,000 assists in a 2-2 tie against the Florida Panthers at General Motors Place

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Jan 11 "Proposals" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances

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Jan 11 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship, 3Com Park, SF: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-10
  • 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.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 24th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Jan 12 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.

  • Jan 13 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" opens at St James Theater NYC
  • Jan 13 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years
  • Jan 14 100th episode of "Ellen" airs

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Jan 14 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • 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 15 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
  • Jan 15 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

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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 "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater NYC
  • Jan 18 48th NHL All-Star Game, General Motors Place, Vancouver: North America beats World, 8-7; MVP: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim, RW
  • Jan 18 ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando
  • Jan 18 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

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Jan 18 Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 18 55th Golden Globes: "Titanic", Peter Fonda, & Judi Dench win

Actress Judi Dench
Actress
Judi Dench

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 Larry Bird returns to Boston as head coach of the Indiana Pacers for the first time, as former Celtics center Robert Parish is honoured by having his No. 00 raised to the Fleet Center rafters

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Jan 20 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles
  • Jan 20 Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming
  • Jan 20 3rd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: L.A. Confidential wins Best Film

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 20 "Dawson's Creek" created by Kevin Williamson, starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson premieres on WB in the US

  • Jan 21 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
  • Jan 22 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild

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Jan 22 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jan 22 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
  • Jan 22 World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe

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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
  • Jan 23 Denver Nuggets tie the NBA single-season record of 23 consecutive losses set by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995-96; streak ends with a 99-81 win the next day against the LA Clippers

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 23 Michael Jordan scores in double figures for 800th consecutive game in a 100-98 OT win over New Jersey; adds 40 more double-figure scoring games to his NBA record before retiring for the second time (1998)

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 25 Musical "Grease" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance
  • Jan 25 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" closes at St James Theater NYC

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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 Helen Alfredsson wins Office Depot LPGA tournament

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Jan 25 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXXII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers, 31-24; MVP: Terrell Davis, Denver RB
  • 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 25 14th Sundance Film Festival: "Slam" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 26 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win
  • 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)
  • Jan 27 WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock

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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 "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
  • Jan 29 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 29 Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR
  • Jan 29 Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium and Netherlands, 6 die
  • Jan 29 Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Alabama bombed, 1 killed
  • Jan 30 All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Switzerland's Martina Hingis retains her title; beats Conchita Martinez of Spain 6-3, 6-3 for 5th Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis