What Happened in June 1998

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 European Central Bank is founded in Brussels to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy
  • Jun 2 The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.
  • Jun 3 Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths.
  • Jun 4 Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Jun 4 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 5 A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 5 "The Truman Show", starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris, is released

Actor Ed Harris
Ed Harris
  • Jun 5 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 6 130th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Victory Gallop wins in 2:29

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 TV sitcom "Sex and the City" premieres in the US on HBO, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon

  • Jun 7 James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
  • Jun 7 52nd Tony Awards: "The Lion King" and '"Art" win
  • Jun 7 97th Men's French Open: Carlos Moya beats Alex Corretja (6-3, 7-5, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 97th Women's French Open: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario beats Monica Seles (7-6, 0-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • Jun 11 Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
  • Jun 14 "Comic Relief" benefit comedy show
  • Jun 14 52nd NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 15 32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus wins
  • Jun 16 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat the first time finalists Washington Capitals 4-0
  • Jun 21 98th US Golf Open: Lee Janzen shoots a 280 at Olympic Club SF
  • Jun 25 In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.
  • Jun 27 Opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
  • Jun 30 Sega Channel, cable's 1st on-demand video game service, closes down

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 20 Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (55) weds Elizabeth Berrios

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 21 "Home Alone" actor Macaulay Culkin (17) weds broadway actress Rachel Miner (17) in Stone Church in New Preston, Connecticut

  • Jun 27 Prince Michael of Greece daughter Princess Alexandra (29) weds perfume executive Nicolas Mirzayantz (37) in Torcello Island
  • Jun 27 The "Murphy Brown" actress Faith Ford (33) weds personal trainer and writer Campion Murphy (35) on Clint Eastwood's 22-acre Mission Ranch in Carmel, California

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Darwin Joston, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jun 2 Sylvester Ritter, American professional wrestler (b. 1952)
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 5 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (b. 1911)
  • Jun 5 Sam Yorty, Mayor of Los Angeles (b. 1909)
  • Jun 6 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 8 Sani Abacha, President of Nigeria, dies at 54

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • Jun 8 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • Jun 10 Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
  • Jun 10 Jim Hearn, American baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jun 11 Catherine Cookson, British novelist (b. 1906)
  • Jun 13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian athlete (b. 1911)
  • Jun 20 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (b. 1942)
  • Jun 21 Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • Jun 23 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (b. 1911)
  • Jun 25 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 27 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician (b. 1935)
  • Jun 29 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)