Historical Events in May 1998

  • 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.

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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.

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

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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.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 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.
  • 13th Chelsea of England win 38th European Cup Winner's Cup against Stuttgart of Germany 1-0 in Stockholm

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

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

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

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
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.

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

21st Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia

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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.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US 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.
  • 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.