Historical Events for May 1998
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2nd - 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20
2nd - The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
4th - 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.
6th - 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.
7th - Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
9th - 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
11th - India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
13th - Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
13th - 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.
MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens 13th - Chelsea of England win 38th European Cup Winner's Cup against Stuttgart of Germany 1-0 in Stockholm
14th - Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)
16th - 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80
17th - 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak
17th - David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins
18th - United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
18th - 44th British Academy Television Awards: "I'm Alan Partridge" Best Comedy, "Jonathan Creek" Best Drama
20th - 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
21st - In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
2nd President of Indonesia Suharto 21st - Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power
22nd - 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.
23rd - The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
24th - Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
24th - 51st Cannes Film Festival: "Mia aioniotita kai mia mera" by Theo Angelopoulos wins the Palme d'Or
26th - Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton
26th - 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.
27th - 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.
42nd US President Bill Clinton 28th - 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.
30th - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.