January 1998 calendar

January 1998

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 1998.
The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 1998: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1998?


  • 01 Jan 1998 All California bars, clubs and card rooms must be smoke-free
  • 02 Jan 1998 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates and cocaine
  • 03 Jan 1998 Side Show, closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • 04 Jan 1998 Funny Thing Happened, closes at St. James NYC after 715 performances
  • 05 Jan 1998 Ice storm knocks out electricity in QuTbec and Ontario, Canada.
  • 06 Jan 1998 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 08 Jan 1998 Roseanne files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas
  • 09 Jan 1998 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever
  • 10 Jan 1998 18th United Negro College Fund raises (rebroadcasted Jan 17th)
  • 11 Jan 1998 Proposals, closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • 12 Jan 1998 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • 13 Jan 1998 Patti LaBelle On Broadway, opens at St. James Theater, New York City
  • 14 Jan 1998 100th episode of Ellen, airs
  • 15 Jan 1998 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
  • 16 Jan 1998 NASA announces that John Glenn, age 76, will return to space when the Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off in October.
  • 17 Jan 1998 President Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones
  • 18 Jan 1998 Ragtime, opens at Ford Theater, New York City
  • 20 Jan 1998 Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tuesday night programming
  • 21 Jan 1998 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba.
  • 22 Jan 1998 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
  • 23 Jan 1998 Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba.
  • 25 Jan 1998 Patti LaBelle On Broadway, closes at St. James Theater, New York City
  • 26 Jan 1998 President Clinton says I want to say one thing to the American people I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky
  • 27 Jan 1998 WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics and Detroit Shock.
  • 28 Jan 1998 Michelangelo, Christ & the Woman of Samaria, sold for $7.4 million
  • 29 Jan 1998 Capeman, opens at Marquis Theater, New York City
  • 30 Jan 1998 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
  • 31 Jan 1998 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands
  • 01 Jan 1998 Argentinian physicist Juan Maldacena published a landmark paper initiating the study of AdS/CFT correspondence, which links string theory and quantum gravity.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in January 1998?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Something About The Way You Look Tonight
  2. - Candle In The Wind 1997
  3. - Truly Madly Deeplyyoutube
  4. - Together Againyoutube
  5. - It's All About The Benjamin's

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Perfect Day
  2. - Never Ever
  3. - Too Much
  4. - Together Again
  5. - High


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1998?

Sharp Edges by Jayne Ann Krentz

Sharp Edges


Eugenia Swift, a young woman with singular sensibilities, is a connoisseur and admirer of beauty... and naturally inclined towards tackling even the most difficult tasks.

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Bag of Bones


The #1 New York Times bestseller Stephen King tells the story of grief, love's lasting bonds and the haunting secrets that have been kept from him.

A Certain Justice by P. D. James

A Certain Justice


New York Times Bestseller

Tears Of Rage by John Walsh with Susan Schindehette

Tears Of Rage


Tears of Rage - From Greiving Dad To Crusader for Justice - The Untold History Of The Adam Walsh Case [Hardcover] Walsh, John, Schindehette and Susan...

Violin by Anne Rice



Anne Rice's new novel, Interview with the Vampire, moves in the grand style of Interview with the Vampire. It takes place from nineteenth-century Vienna, to a St. Charles Greek Revival mansion near New Orleans, to the dazzling capitals around the …