1998 in History



January 1 All California bars, clubs and card rooms must be smoke-free
January 1 Mongolia switches from a 46 hour to 40 hour work week
January 1 Rose Bowl, Michigan Wolverines beat Washington State Cougars 21 - 16
January 1 U.S. Census Bureau estimates population at 268,921,733
January 2 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates and cocaine
January 3 Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
January 3 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers New York City after 91 performances
January 4 "Funny Thing Happened," closes at St. James New York City after 715 perform
January 4 "Ivanov," closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater New York City after 51 performances
January 4 "Triumph of Love," closes at Royale Theater New York City
January 5 Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec and Ontario
January 5 Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
January 6 Barry Switzer resigns as Dallas Cowboy coach
January 6 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame
January 8 New York Giant General Manager George Young resigns to accept NFL position
January 8 Roseanne files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas
January 8 Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer
January 8 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life
January 9 Anatoly Karpov defeats Viswanathan Anand to retain chess title
January 9 Anatoly Solovyov and Pavel Vinogradov spacewalk record 3 hours 8 minutes
January 9 Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned
January 9 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever
January 10 18th United Negro College Fund raises (rebroadcasted Jan 17th)
January 11 24th Annual People's Choice Awards - Seinfeld, Tim Allen win
January 11 AFC Championship: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21
January 11 NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49'ers 23-10
January 11 "Proposals," closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 76 performances
January 11 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
January 13 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years
January 13 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway," opens at St. James Theater New York City
January 14 100th episode of "Ellen," airs
January 14 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge
January 15 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
January 17 President Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones
January 18 48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver
January 18 55th Golden Globes Awards
January 18 ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando
January 18 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00
January 18 Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural
January 18 "Ragtime," opens at Ford Theater New York City
January 18 UCP Telethon
January 20 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama and Papas and Eagles
January 20 Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming
January 21 News of the Lewinsky/Clinton affair is published, President Clinton vigorously denies all allegations
January 21 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
January 22 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild
January 22 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time
January 22 STS-89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
January 22 World League of American Football becomes NFL East
January 23 Pope John Paul II condemns U.S. embargo against Cuba
January 25 Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement
January 25 "Grease," closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 1,503 performance
January 25 Helen Alfredsson wins Office Depot LPGA tournament
January 25 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway," closes at St. James Theater New York City
January 25 Spice Girl Victoria Adams, aka Posh Spice, and soccer David Beckham gets engaged
January 25 Super Bowl XXXII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers 31-24
January 25 Superbowl XXXII: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers 31-24
January 26 25th American Music Award: Spice Girls and Babyface win
January 26 Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip
January 26 President Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"
January 27 Crane crashes into Roosevelt Is (New York City) Tram, injuring 10
January 27 First Lady Hilary Clinton blames charges that President Clinton had affairs part of a vast right-wing conspiracy
January 27 WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics and Detroit Shock
January 28 Michelangelo, "Christ and the Woman of Samaria," sold for $7.4 million
January 29 "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater New York City
January 29 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Ft. Lauderdale Fla
January 29 Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR
January 29 Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium and Netherlands, 6 die
January 29 Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Alabama bombed, 1 killed
January 30 All-Star Florida Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
January 30 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis, Indiana on WNAP 93.1 FM
January 30 Paul Simon's "The Capeman," premieres
January 31 72nd Australian Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats C Martinez (63 63)
January 31 STS-89 (Endeavour 12) lands
February 1 86th Australian Mens Tennis: Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (62 62 62)
February 1 At least 119 Muslim pilgrims crushed to death during the annual stoning of Satan ritual in the Mena Valley, Saudi Arabia
February 1 Australian Mixed: J. Gimelstob and V. Williams beat Suk and Sukova (62 61)
February 1 NFL Pro Bowl Game, AFC beats NFC 29-24
February 1 "Street Corner Symphony," closes at Brooks Atkinson New York City after 79 perf
February 2 Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in New York City for cocaine overdose
February 2 Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
February 3 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli's is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals
February 3 New York Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
February 3 Stamps commemorating Princess Diana go on sale across Britain
February 3 U.S. military plane clips cable car lines in northern Italy, kills 20
February 4 Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels Belgium
February 4 Earthquake kills about 2,300 in northern Afghanistan
February 5 Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
February 5 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
February 6 Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years
February 6 President Bill Clinton says he would never resign, 'I would never walk away from the of this country and the trust they've placed in me', during a press conference
February 6 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to New York Yankees for $3M and 4 minor leaguers
February 7 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano Japan
February 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
February 8 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
February 8 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at New York City
February 8 NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics
February 9 6th annual ESPY Awards
February 9 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
February 10 AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
February 10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
February 11 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview
February 11 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997," auctioned for $442,500
February 12 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die and 50 hurt
February 12 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
February 12 "Freak," opens at Cort Theater New York City
February 12 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
February 12 U.S. district judge T. Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional
February 15 Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
February 15 Daytona 500 race
February 16 Tellabs Inc. acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
February 17 Diane Zamora, 20, Naval Academy cadet convicted of capital murder
February 17 Larry Wayne Harris and Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
February 18 New York Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
February 19 Soyuz TM-26 lands
February 19 U.S. hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
February 20 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
February 20 U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
February 20 U.S. movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)
February 21 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
February 22 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan
February 22 "King and I," closes at Neil Simon Theater New York City after 781 performances
February 23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston South Carolina on WAVF 96.1 FM
February 23 Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
February 23 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31
February 24 Elton John knighted
February 24 NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics
February 25 40th Grammy Awards, Shawn Colvin, Bob Dylan, Sarah McLachlan, and Elton John win major awards
February 25 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
February 25 Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
February 26 Oprah Winfrey beats Texas cattlemen in beef trial
February 26 Steven M. Gluckstern completes sale of New York Islanders
February 26 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
February 27 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards
February 27 Apple discontinues developing Newton computer
February 27 FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
February 27 New England Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
February 28 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points
February 28 "View From the Bridge," closes at Criterion Theater New York City
March 1 "Art," opens at Royale Theater New York City
March 1 Australian Ladies Masters Golf
March 3 Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee
March 6 1st time the British flag is flown over Buckingham Palace
March 6 Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Connecticut state lottery
March 10 4th Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
March 12 "Sound of Music," opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City
March 15 "Cabaret," opens at Club Expo Theater New York City
March 15 Welch's/Circle K Golf Championship
March 17 USA Women's Hockey Team beats Canada for 1st Olympic Gold medal
March 19 "Ah Wilderness!," opens at Vivian Beaumont theater
March 22 18th Golden Raspberry Awards
March 23 70th Academy Awards - Oscar Ceremony Billy Crystal hosts, Titanic wins eleven Oscars, including Best Picture, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt win lead acting awards
March 29 17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at Kemper Arena KC
March 29 27th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship
March 30 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Alamodome San Antonio
March 31 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1st game they host Detroit Tigers
April 1 Paula Jones' sexual harassment case against President Bill Clinton is thrown out of court
April 1 World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Minnesota
April 2 World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Minnesota
April 3 World Ice Dance Figure Skating Championship in Minnesota
April 4 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
April 10 Negotiators from various factions sign the Good Friday Agreement, a plan for peace in Northern Ireland.
April 12 62nd Golf Masters Championship:
April 19 59th PGA Seniors Golf Championship
April 20 Federal court rules that Monica Lewinsky does not have an immunity agreement with Kenneth Starr
April 29 15th Miss Hawaiian Tropic crowned
May 2 124th Kentucky Derby
May 3 wins Titleholders Golf Championship
May 5 Federal court rules President Clinton does not have executive privilege in the Lewinsky case so he must testify
May 9 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by
May 11 India resumes underground nuclear tests after more than a 20 year gap
May 14 Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC, commercials are $2 million each
May 16 124th Preakness
May 17 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship
May 22 Federal rules that the Secret Service must testify in the Lewinsky case
May 24 Indianapolis 500 race
May 26 Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs. President Clinton
May 28 Pakistan tests underground nuclear weapons, sparking fears of a nuclear conflict with India
May 30 Earthquake kills about 5,000 in northern Afghanistan
June 6 68th French Womens Tennis:
June 6 Tony Awards, Side Man, Death of a Salesman revival, Annie Get Your Gun revival and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown revival won major awards
June 7 Tony Awards, Lion King, Caberet revival, Ragtime, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane won major awards
June 14 "Comic Relief" benefit comedy show
June 14 NBA Finals, Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4 games to 2
June 14 World Bowl in Frankfurt Germany
June 15 32nd TNN Music City News Country Awards
June 16 Stanley Cup Finals, Detroit Red Wings beat Washington Capitals 4 games to 0
June 21 98th U.S. Golf Open: at Olympic Club SF
June 25 Supreme Court rules attorney-client privilege extends beyond the grave, exempting Vince Foster's conversations with his lawyers from being used as evidence by Kenneth Starr
June 30 Linda Tripp begins to testify before a grand jury about the Lewinsky case
June 30 Sega Channel, cable's 1st on-demand video game service, closes down02930301
July 4 Wimbledon Men's Doubles Finals, Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis beat Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde
July 4 Wimbledon Women's Finals, Jana Novotna beat Nathalie Tauziat
July 5 53rd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship at Blackwolf Run GC, Kohler WI
July 5 Wimbledon Men's Finals, Pete Sampras beat Goran Ivanisevic
July 5 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Finals, Max Mirnyi and Serena Williams beat Mahesh Bhupathi and Mirjana Lucic
July 5 Wimbledon Women's Doubles Finals, Martina Hingis and Jana Novotna beat Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva
July 7 69th All Star Baseball Game: at Coors Field, Denver
July 12 16th Seniors Players Golf Championship:
July 12 Jamie Farr Kroger Golf Classic
July 17 Russia buries tsar Nicholas II and family, 80 years after they died
July 19 127th British Golf Open: at Royal Birkdale
July 19 JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
July 26 19th U.S. Senior Golf Open ends at Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, California
July 26 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic
July 28 After months of wrangling, Lewinsky and Starr announce a full immunity agreement for Lewinsky and her parents
August 1 Gay and Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam
August 2 26th du Maurier Golf Classic
August 7 U.S. embassies bombed in Kenya and Tanzania killing at least 200
August 9 Star Bank LPGA Classic
August 15 Bill Clinton confesses to Hilary about the Monica Lewinsky affair
August 15 Twenty nine murdered by Irish terrorists in Omagh, Northern Ireland
August 16 80th PGA Championship at Sahalee CC, Seattle WA
August 16 Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
August 17 President Bill Clinton testifies before a grand jury investigating his conduct (first president to do so), and admits an 'inappropriate relationship' with Monica Lewinsky
August 23 Minnesota LPGA Classic
August 30 State Farm Rail Golf Classic
September 1 WNBA Championships, Houston Comets beat Phoenix Mercury 2 games to 1
September 2 SwissAir flight 111 crashes off the coast of Nova Scotia killing all 229 onbaord, likely cause was an electrical fire
September 5 Women's championship at U.S. Tennis Open
September 6 Men's championship at U.S. Tennis Open
September 6 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship
September 7 Jerry Lewis' 33rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises
September 8 Mark McGwire breaks Roger Marris' 62 home run record for a season, and goes on to hit 70 home runs for the 1998 season
September 13 SAFECO Golf Classic
September 14 Week of Fed Cup
September 27 Core States Betsy King Golf Classic
September 28 Europe beats U.S. in Ryder Cup, 14 -13
October 5 House Judiciary Committee recommends a full impeachment inquiry
October 8 House of Representatives approves impeachment inquiry of President Clinton
October 11 Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail LPGA Tournament
October 14 New York Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
October 18 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf
October 21 World Series, New York Yankees beat San Diego Padres 4 games to 0
October 29 John Glenn returns to space at the age of 77 as a payload specialist on the Discovery
November 1 Nichirei Golf International
November 8 Japan Golf Classic
November 12 New York Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak
November 22 ITT LPGA Tour Championship
December 6 JC Penney Golf Classic
December 19 House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment, charging President Clinton with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice
December 20 Wendy's Three-Tour Golf Challenge
December 31 U.S. movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year












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