What Happened in December 1998

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Exxon announces a $73.7 billion USD deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company.
  • Dec 4 The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
  • Dec 5 7th SEC Championship Game: #1 Tennessee beats #23 Mississippi State, 24-14
  • Dec 5 3rd Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Texas A&M beats #2 Kansas State, 36-33 (2 OT)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 6 Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Dec 6 87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1)
  • Dec 8 Tadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Indian Professor Amartya Sen is awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to welfare economics

Economist/Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen
Economist/Nobel Laureate
Amartya Sen
  • Dec 11 Thai Airways Airbus A310-200 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101
  • Dec 14 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB)
  • Dec 16 Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Dec 26 Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.
  • Dec 26 Severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power outages in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.
  • Dec 29 Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over a million people
  • Dec 31 US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year
  • Dec 31 Exchange rates between the euro and legacy currencies in the Eurozone become fixed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Olawoyin Olufemi, Nigerian Musician

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 12 TV personality Melissa Rivers (30) weds horse breeder John Endicott at The Plaza Hotel in New York City
  • Dec 19 Actress Vivica A. Fox (34) weds singer Christopher Harvest at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 20 "Def Jam" business magnate Russell Simmons (41) weds model Kimora Lee (23) on the French Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 30 NBA player Clyde Drexler (36) weds attorney Gaynell Floyd

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 30 Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (44) weds quantum chemist Joachim Sauer (49) in Bonn, Germany

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (b. 1902)
  • Dec 3 Pierre Hétu, Quebec conductor and pianist (b. 1936)
  • Dec 5 Al Gore, Sr., American politician (b. 1907)
  • Dec 7 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 9 Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 9 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), dies at 84

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Dec 11 André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • Dec 11 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)
  • Dec 12 Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Mo Udall, American politician (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Lawton Chiles, U.S. Senator from Florida and Governor of Florida (b. 1930)
  • Dec 14 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 14 Norman Fell, American actor (b. 1924)
  • Dec 14 Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist and author (b. 1928)
  • Dec 16 William Gaddis, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Dec 18 Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • Dec 19 Antonio Ordóñez, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1932)
  • Dec 19 Mel Fisher, American treasure hunter (b. 1922)
  • Dec 20 Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1910)
  • Dec 20 Chester P. Lyons, Canadian naturalist and author (b. 1915)
  • Dec 21 Roger Avon, Durham actor (b. 1914)
  • Dec 21 Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
  • Dec 21 Ernst Gunther Schenck, German doctor who joined the Sturmabteilung in 1933 {b. 1904)
  • Dec 22 Michelle Thomas, American actress (b. 1969)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 24 Raemer Schreiber, American Physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, dies at 88

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Raemer Schreiber
  • Dec 25 John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  • Dec 25 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • Dec 29 Jean-Claude Forest, writer and illustrator of comics (Barbarella) (b. 1930)
  • Dec 29 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), dies at 90
  • Dec 30 Johnny Moore, American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)
  • Dec 30 George Webb, English actor (b. 1911)