What Happened in 1998 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 368

  • Feb 3 Cavalese cable car disaster: 20 people killed after NATO aircraft severs a cable car line

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Feb 4 Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Feb 4 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
  • Feb 5 Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • Feb 5 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • Feb 5 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)
  • Feb 6 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
  • Feb 6 Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years
  • Feb 6 In Corsica, the prefect Claude Erignac is assassinated in Ajaccio, presumably by Yvan Colonna.

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Feb 6 Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Feb 7 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • Feb 8 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
  • Feb 8 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC
  • Feb 8 NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics
  • Feb 9 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
  • Feb 9 6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win
  • Feb 10 AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
  • Feb 10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 10 Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law.

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Feb 11 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
  • Feb 11 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500
  • Feb 11 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC
  • Feb 12 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt
  • Feb 12 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
  • Feb 12 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
  • Feb 12 US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional
  • Feb 14 Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
  • Feb 14 29th NAACP Image Awards: "Soul Food" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 15 Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
  • Feb 15 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt wins (172.712 MPH)
  • Feb 16 Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
  • Feb 17 US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
  • Feb 17 Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
  • Feb 17 USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
  • Feb 18 NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
  • Feb 18 Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • Feb 19 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • Feb 20 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
  • Feb 20 UN Sec-Gen Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
  • Feb 20 US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

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Feb 22 "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Feb 22 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan
  • Feb 23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • Feb 23 US Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
  • Feb 23 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31

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Feb 23 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

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Feb 24 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Singer Elton John
Elton John
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 24 NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics
  • Feb 25 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
  • Feb 25 Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
  • Feb 25 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist

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Feb 26 Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Feb 26 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
  • Feb 26 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
  • Feb 27 Apple discontinues development of the Newton computer
  • Feb 27 FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
  • Feb 27 NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
  • Feb 27 Britain's House of Lords agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win

Rapper Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 27 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 28 "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

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Feb 28 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Feb 28 First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
  • Feb 28 Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
  • Mar 1 "Art" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Mar 2 Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
  • Mar 3 Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Mar 4 Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
  • Mar 6 First time the British Union Flag is flown over Buckingham Palace (following the controversy after Princess Dian's death; formerly the only flag flown was the Sovereign's standard indicating the monarch's presence.)
  • Mar 6 Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Connecticut state lottery
  • Mar 7 19th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 69-64

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Mar 8 The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in "Titanic") with their Founders Award

Actress Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart
  • Mar 8 45th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats #1 Duke, 83-68
  • Mar 8 39th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats South Carolina, 86-56
  • Mar 12 "Sound of Music," opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Mar 15 "Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater NYC
  • Mar 15 An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran

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Mar 16 Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Mar 19 "Ah Wilderness!" opens at Vivian Beaumont theater
  • Mar 22 18th Golden Raspberry Awards: The Postman wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 23 70th Academy Awards: "Titanic", Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt win

  • Mar 24 Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.
  • Mar 24 A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
  • Mar 26 Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • Mar 29 17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Louisiana Tech 93-75
  • Mar 29 Vasco da Gama Road bridge opens in Lisbon, Portugal as the longest bridge in Europe
  • Mar 30 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Utah 78-69
  • Mar 31 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1st game they host Detroit Tigers
  • Apr 4 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • Apr 4 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Earth Summit wins
  • Apr 6 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • Apr 10 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish goverments
  • Apr 12 62nd Masters Golf Tournament: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.

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Apr 18 1998 NFL Draft: Peyton Manning from University of Tennessee first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Apr 18 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director
  • Apr 20 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.

Famous Birthdays

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Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 301

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90
  • Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
  • Apr 17 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 23 Constantine Karamanlis, Greek politician (b. 1907)
  • Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
  • Apr 24 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born writer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • Apr 27 Godrey Kenton, English stage actor, dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • May 1 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • May 2 Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
  • May 2 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • May 2 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • May 2 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • May 7 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • May 7 Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (b. 1941)
  • May 8 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • May 9 Alice Faye, American actress (Barricade), dies of stomach cancer at 83
  • May 12 Hermann Lenz, German writer Swabian Chronicles), dies at 75

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May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • May 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
  • May 15 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • May 19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)
  • May 22 José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • May 26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73

MurderMurder of Interest

May 28 Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49

  • May 29 Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
  • May 31 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)
  • 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

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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)
  • Jul 3 Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
  • Jul 5 Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6 Roy Rogers, American actor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 7 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • Jul 12 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • Jul 12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 13 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), dies at 95
  • Jul 14 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 16 John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)
  • Jul 19 Elmer Valo, baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jul 20 June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • Jul 21 Alan Shepard, astronaut (b. 1923)
  • Jul 21 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
  • Jul 22 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Jul 23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • Jul 25 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 27 Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • Jul 28 Lenny McLean, English bareknuckle fighter (b. 1949)
  • Jul 29 Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (b. 1918)
  • Jul 30 Buffalo Bob Smith, American television host (Howdy Doody) (b. 1917)
  • Aug 1 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), dies at 72
  • Aug 2 Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • Aug 3 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 4 Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • Aug 5 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • Aug 5 Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Andre Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Aug 8 Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • Aug 13 Julien Green, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • Aug 13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 17 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • Aug 18 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Aug 20 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 24 E.G. Marshall, American actor (The Defenders), dies at 88
  • Aug 24 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • Aug 26 Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • Sep 1 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (b. 1930)