Historical Events in September 1998

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 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
  • Sep 14 Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom complete their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.
  • Sep 15 With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business.
  • Sep 15 Google.com is registered as a domain name
  • Sep 18 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is formed.
  • Sep 19 23rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Life Is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigni wins the People's Choice Award

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 23 32nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks