What Happened on October 29, 1998

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
  • ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.
  • En route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight with crew of 6 and 33 passengers is hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. Pilot lands in Ankara tricking the hijacker he was landing in Sofia to refuel.
  • Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras.
  • Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

Famous Deaths

  • Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)