What Happened in August 1998

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 -8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam
  • Aug 2 26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton
  • Aug 2 30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)

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Aug 2 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Aug 2 85th Tour de France won by Marco Pantani of Italy

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Aug 5 The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC

  • Aug 10 The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei.

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Aug 11 Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Aug 13 31st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 14 Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government
  • Aug 15 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220
  • Aug 16 80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club

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Aug 17 Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
  • Aug 19 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskj√∂ld of Sweden
  • Aug 20 The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
  • Aug 20 U.S. embassy bombings: the United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
  • Aug 21 P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Aug 24 The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • Aug 24 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • Aug 28 Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate.
  • Aug 31 North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Khamani Griffin, American actor (All Of Us, Daddy Day Care), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 19 Ella Guevara, Filipino actress
  • Aug 25 China Anne McClain, American actress

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 22 FOX News Channel correspondent and Robert F. Kennedy's youngest son Douglas Kennedy (32) weds Molly Stark (29) in Nantucket, Massachusetts

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Aug 23 YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (30) weds Google executive Dennis Troper in Belmont, California

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • Aug 29 "Baywatch" actress Traci Bingham (30) weds Robb Vallier at First United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), dies at 72
  • Aug 2 Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • Aug 3 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 4 Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • Aug 5 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • Aug 5 Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Andre Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Aug 8 Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • Aug 13 Julien Green, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • Aug 13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 17 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • Aug 18 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Aug 20 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 24 E.G. Marshall, American actor (The Defenders), dies at 88
  • Aug 24 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • Aug 26 Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)