What Happened on August 20th, 1998

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
  • 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.

Famous Deaths

  • Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (b. 1915)