News Events of 1998


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January 1998

1-1-1998 -- The new city of Clayton came into being, a result of the merger of Randolph Township and the village of Clayton.
1-6-1998 -- Congressman Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident.
1-7-1998 -- Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty when the jury in the second Oklahoma City bombing trial deadlocked over his sentence.
1-7-1998 -- The trial of Cheyne Kehoe opened in Wilmington.
1-12-1998 -- A Centerville police officer and a Washington Twp firefighter were killed in the line of duty when they were struck by a car while investigating an accident on an icy stretch of I-675. Another firefighter and two motorists were also injured.
1-12-1998 -- Cheyne Kehoe was found guilty of two counts of feloneous assault and one count attempted murder of a police officer for his role in the Feb. 15, 1997 Wilmington Shootout.
1-14-1998 -- The Dayton Daily News reports that General Motors and Isuzu Motors Ltd. plan to build a new diesel engine plant in Moraine that could create more than 1,000 new jobs and become one of the Miami Valley's largest corporate investments.
1-14-1998 -- Fifth Third Bancorp announced it would acquire CitiFed Bancorp. The proposed merger would make Fifth Third the Dayton area's largest bank, but it would also mean the end of the CityFed, which began in Downtown Dayton as Citizens Federal Savings and Loan in 1934.
1-16-1998 -- NASA officials announced that U.S. Senator John Glenn will go back to space on a shuttle flight. Glenn, who in 1962 was the first American to orbit the Earth, will be 77 by the time of his proposed flight.
1-20-1998 -- Cheyne Kehoe was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in the Wilmington shootout incident.
1-21-1998 -- News organizations around the world reported that independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr was investigating claims that President Clinton had an affair with a young White House intern.
1-21-1998 -- Pope John Paul II began a five-day visit to Cuba.
1-22-1998 -- Activists on both sides of the abortion debate marked the 25th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in the U.S.
1-22-1998 -- Theodore Kaczynski admitted being the Unabomber as part of a plea agreement which will keep him in prison the rest of his life.
1-23-1998 -- Jeraldyne Blunden, founder of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Comany, received word that she had been chosen as one of four recipients of the annual Dance Magazine Awards. In past years the award has gone to such dance notables as Gene Kelly, Martha Graham, George Balanchine and Rudolph Nureyev.
1-25-1998 -- John Elway and the underdog Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl, defeating the Green Bay Packers 31-24.
1-26-1998 -- The U.S. Department of Energy sold the Mound Plant to the Miamisburg community for $10, a transaction which culminates five years of planning to transfer the former nuclear weapons plant to local control.
1-26-1998 -- Twentieth anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978.
1-26-1998 -- One the eve of his State of the Union Address, President Clinton angrily denied reports that he had an affair with a young White House intern.
1-29-1998 -- One person was killed and another injured in an abortion clinic bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

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