What Happened in 1998 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 368

  • Apr 20 German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
  • Apr 20 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:21
  • Apr 22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 22 33rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and George Strait win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • May 2 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20

AgreementAgreement of Interest

May 4 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 6 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 7 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  • May 9 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
  • May 11 India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
  • May 13 Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
  • May 13 India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, in addition to the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • May 13 Chelsea of England win 38th European Cup Winner's Cup against Stuttgart of Germany 1-0 in Stockholm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
  • May 16 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80

Sport awardGolf Major

May 17 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • May 17 David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins
  • May 18 United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
  • May 18 44th British Academy Television Awards: "I'm Alan Partridge" Best Comedy, "Jonathan Creek" Best Drama
  • May 20 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
  • May 21 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 23 The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
  • May 24 51st Cannes Film Festival: "Mia aioniotita kai mia mera" by Theo Angelopoulos wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton
  • May 26 The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
  • May 27 Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
  • May 28 Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
  • May 30 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
  • 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
  • Jul 2 "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the 2nd book in the series is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 105th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat (6-4 7-6)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 112th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats G Ivanišević (6-7 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-2)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jul 6 Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.
  • Jul 7 69th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-8 at Coors Field, Denver
  • Jul 10 Roman Catholic sex abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos.
  • Jul 12 FIFA World Cup: France beats Brazil 3-0 for football's 16th World Cup in Saint-Denis (France's 1st title)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jul 14 Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died

  • Jul 19 127th British Golf Open: Mark O'Meara shoots a 280 at Royal Birkdale
  • Jul 20 Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban.
  • Jul 24 Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
  • Jul 26 19th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Hale Irwin
  • Aug 1 -8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam
  • Aug 2 26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton
  • Aug 2 30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Aug 2 85th Tour de France won by Marco Pantani of Italy

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Aug 5 The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC

  • Aug 10 The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Aug 13 31st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 14 Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government
  • Aug 15 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220
  • Aug 16 80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club
  • Aug 17 Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.
  • Aug 19 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld of Sweden
  • Aug 20 The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
  • Aug 20 U.S. embassy bombings: the United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
  • Aug 21 P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Aug 24 The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • Aug 24 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • Aug 28 Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate.
  • Aug 31 North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.
  • 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
  • Sep 11 Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.
  • 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

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 301

  • 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
  • Oct 1 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 2 Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (b. 1907)
  • Oct 2 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
  • Oct 3 Roddy McDowall, English actor (b. 1928)
  • Oct 6 Mark Belanger, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Oct 7 Arnold Jacobs, American tuba player a.k.a. Song and Wind (b. 1915)
  • Oct 10 Clark Clifford, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1906)
  • Oct 10 Tommy Quaid, Irish hurler (b. 1957)
  • Oct 11 Richard Denning, American actor (b. 1914)
  • Oct 12 Mario Beaulieu, French Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Oct 12 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
  • Oct 14 Cleveland Amory, American writer and animal rights activist (b. 1917)
  • Oct 14 Frankie Yankovic, American musician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 16 Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 17 Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
  • Oct 17 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  • Oct 21 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
  • Oct 22 Eric Ambler, English novelist (b. 1909)
  • Oct 23 Barnett Slepian, American physician (b. 1946)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 28 Ted Hughes, Poet and British Poet Laureate (1984-98), dies aged 68

  • Oct 28 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter) dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Oct 29 Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
  • Oct 31 Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • Nov 2 Vincent Winter, British actor (b. 1957)
  • Nov 3 Bob Kane, comic artist and Batman co-creator (b. 1915)
  • Nov 6 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (b. 1928)
  • Nov 8 Jean Marais, French actor (b. 1913)
  • Nov 9 Ursula Reit, German actress (b. 1914)
  • Nov 10 Mary Millar, English actress (b. 1936)
  • Nov 11 Frank Brimsek, American ice hockey player (b. 1913)
  • Nov 13 Edwige Feuillère, French actress (b. 1907)
  • Nov 13 Valerie Hobson, British actress (b. 1917)
  • Nov 13 Red Holzman, American basketball coach (b. 1920)
  • Nov 13 Michel Trudeau, Canadian outdoorsman, son of Pierre Trudeau (b. 1975)
  • Nov 15 Ludvik Danek, Czechoslovak discus thrower (b. 1937)
  • Nov 15 Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)
  • Nov 17 Esther Rolle, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Nov 19 Ted Fujita, Japanese-born American meteorologist (b. 1920)
  • Nov 19 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 20 Galina Starovoitova, Russian politician (b. 1946)
  • Nov 22 Stu Unger, American poker player (b. 1953)
  • Nov 25 Nelson Goodman, American philosopher (b. 1906)
  • Nov 25 Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (b. 1933)
  • Nov 26 Jonathan Kwitny, American reporter (b. 1941)
  • Nov 27 Barbara Acklin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • Nov 28 Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism (b. 1938)
  • Nov 29 Martin Ruane, English professional wrestler (b. 1947)
  • Nov 29 Frank Latimore, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 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)