Historical Events in January 1998

  • Jan 1 64th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #9 Ohio State, 31-14
  • Jan 1 84th Rose Bowl: #1 Michigan beats #8 Washington State, 21-16
  • 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 Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
  • Jan 1 US Census Bureau estimates population at 268,921,733
  • Jan 2 64th Orange Bowl: #2 Nebraska beats #3 Tennessee, 42-17
  • Jan 2 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine
  • Jan 3 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • Jan 3 American "Hee Haw" banjo player Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
  • Jan 3 Los Angeles Clippers Bill Fitch coaches his 2,000th NBA game, a 97-88 win against the Dallas Mavericks at the LA Memorial Sports Arena
  • Jan 4 A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continues through January 10, and causes widespread destruction
  • Jan 4 Anton Chekov's dramatic play "Ivanov", translated and adapted by David Hare, closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 51 performances
  • Jan 4 Jeffrey Stock and Susan Birkenhead's musical "Triumph of Love" closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 85 performances

Musical Finale

Jan 4 Second successful revival of by Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", starring Nathan Lane, closes at St James, NYC, after 715 performances and 1 Tony Award

  • Jan 4 Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages
  • 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

Historic Event

Jan 7 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton

Sports History

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

  • Jan 8 NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position

Historic Event

Jan 8 Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer

  • Jan 8 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life

Sports History

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

Sports History

Jan 9 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky as the best NHL player ever

Hopman Cup

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

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

Sports History

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

  • Jan 11 "Proposals" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances

Film 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)

AFC Championship

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

  • Jan 11 NFC Championship, 3Com Park, SF: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-10
  • Jan 11 Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed.
  • Jan 11 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • Jan 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 13th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Eagles; Fleetwood Mac; Mamas and Papas; Lloyd Price; Santana; Gene Vincent; "Jelly Roll" Morton; and Allen Toussaint

  • 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

Sports History

Jan 14 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

  • Jan 14 Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis)
  • 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

Sports History

Jan 15 Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Dino Ciccarelli finds his 5th NHL club; traded from Tampa Bay Lightning to Florida Panthers

Historic Event

Jan 17 US President Bill Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones

  • Jan 18 48th NHL All-Star Game, General Motors Place, Vancouver, BC: North America beats World, 8-7; MVP: Teemu Selänne, Anaheim, RW

Golden Globes

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

  • Jan 18 ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando
  • Jan 18 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

Sports History

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

  • Jan 18 Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Terrence McNally's musical "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater, NYC; runs for 834 performances

Film Premiere

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 20 3rd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: L.A. Confidential wins Best Film
  • Jan 20 Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming
  • Jan 21 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
  • Jan 22 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild

Sports History

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

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

NBA 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)

Historic Event

Jan 23 Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba

  • Jan 25 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" closes at St James Theater NYC
  • Jan 25 14th Sundance Film Festival: "Slam" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Historic Event

Jan 25 Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement

  • 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 Musical "Grease" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance
  • 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 Super Bowl XXXII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers, 31-24; MVP: Terrell Davis, Denver RB
  • Jan 26 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win

Historic Event

Jan 26 Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip

'I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman'

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

Historic Event

Jan 28 Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million

  • Jan 29 "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
  • Jan 29 Singer Bobby Brown found guilty 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

Music Premiere

Jan 30 Paul Simon's musical "The Capeman" premieres at the Marquis Theatre, NYC; runs for 68 performances

Australian Open Women's Tennis

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

  • Jan 31 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands