What Happened in August 1998

Historical Events

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

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2nd 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
  • 2nd 85th Tour de France won by Marco Pantani of Italy

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

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

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11th 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
  • 13th 31st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 14th Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government
  • 15th Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220
  • 16th 80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club

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17th 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
  • 19th South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden
  • 20th The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
  • 20th 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.
  • 21st P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • 24th The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • 24th First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • 28th 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.
  • 31st North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

  • 22nd 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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23rd YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (30) weds Google executive Dennis Troper in Belmont, California

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

Famous Deaths

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