Historical Events in August 1998

  • 1st -8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam
  • 2nd 26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton
  • 2nd 30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)

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2nd 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
  • 2nd 85th Tour de France won by Marco Pantani of Italy

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

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

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11th 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
  • 13th 31st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 14th Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government
  • 15th Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220
  • 16th 80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club

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17th 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.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
  • 19th South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden
  • 20th The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
  • 20th 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.
  • 21st P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • 24th The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • 24th First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • 28th 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.
  • 31st North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.