What Happened in September 1998

Historical Events

  • Sep 2 Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.
  • Sep 2 The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide
  • Sep 3 55th Venice Film Festival: "Cosi ridevano" directed by Gianni Amelio wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 Google is formally incorporated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University
  • Sep 4 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 10 15th MTV Video Music Awards: Madonna & Will Smith win

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Actor Will Smith
Will Smith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Sep 11 Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games.
  • Sep 13 50th Emmy Awards: The Practice, Frasier, Andre Braugher & Christine Lahti win
  • Sep 13 118th Men's U.S. Open: Patrick Rafter beats Mark Philippoussis (6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 13 118th Women's U.S. Open: Lindsay Davenport beats Martina Hingis (6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Sep 14 Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom complete their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.
  • Sep 15 With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business.
  • Sep 15 Google.com is registered as a domain name
  • Sep 18 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is formed.
  • Sep 19 23rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Life Is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigni wins the People's Choice Award

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 23 32nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 21 Brino quadruplets, American actor/actresses

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 4 "Sex and The City" actress Kim Cattrall (42) weds audio designer Mark Levinson

Actress Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall
  • Sep 13 "Spice Girls" pop singer Melanie Brown (23) weds Jimmy Gulzar in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  • Sep 19 "Full House" actor John Stamos (35) weds supermodel Rebecca Romijn (25) at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • Sep 27 "The Mummy" actor Brendan Fraser (30) weds actress Afton Smith (32) at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (b. 1930)
  • Sep 1 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (b. 1921)
  • Sep 2 Allen Drury, American author (b. 1918)
  • Sep 2 Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • Sep 4 Elizabeth Kata, Australian writer, A Patch of Blue (b. 1912)
  • Sep 5 Verner Panton, Danish designer (b. 1926)
  • Sep 5 Leo Penn, American film director (b. 1921)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 6 Akira Kurosawa, Japanese film director (Seven Samurai, Kagemusha), dies at 88

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Sep 7 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, dies at 85
  • Sep 9 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1951)
  • Sep 10 Carl Forgione, British actor (b. 1944)
  • Sep 11 Dane Clark, American actor (b. 1913)
  • Sep 13 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 13 George Wallace, American politician (Gov-D-Ala) and presidential candidate, dies of septic shock at 79

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • Sep 17 Ted Binion, Las Vegas casino heir (b. 1943)
  • Sep 21 Florence Griffith Joyner, American athlete (b. 1959)
  • Sep 23 Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1943)
  • Sep 26 Betty Carter, American singer (b. 1930)
  • Sep 27 Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)
  • Sep 27 Narita Bryan, Japanese racehorse (b. 1991)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 29 Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (D-1973-93), dies at 80

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • Sep 29 Jared High, victim of bullying and suicide (b. 1985)
  • Sep 30 Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player, dies at 45