1998 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 210

  • Jan 1 All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke-free
  • Jan 1 Mongolia switches from a 46 hour to 40 hour work week
  • Jan 1 US Census Bureau estimates population at 268,921,733
  • Jan 1 Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
  • Jan 2 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine
  • Jan 3 Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
  • Jan 4 Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
  • Jan 4 A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
  • Jan 5 Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec & Ontario
  • Jan 5 Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
  • Jan 6 Barry Switzer resigns as Dallas Cowboy coach

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Jan 7 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

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Jan 8 Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • Jan 8 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life
  • Jan 9 Anatoly Karpov defeats Viswanathan Anand to retain chess title
  • Jan 9 Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov spacewalk record 3 hrs 8 mins
  • Jan 9 Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned
  • Jan 10 18th United Negro College Fund raises (rebroadcasted Jan 17th)
  • Jan 11 US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • Jan 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Jan 11 Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed.
  • Jan 12 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • Jan 14 100th episode of "Ellen" airs
  • Jan 14 Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).
  • Jan 15 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again

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Jan 17 US President Bill Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Jan 18 ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando
  • Jan 18 United Cerebral Palsy Telethon
  • Jan 20 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles
  • Jan 20 Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming
  • Jan 21 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
  • Jan 22 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit

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Jan 23 Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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Jan 25 Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Jan 25 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.
  • Jan 25 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba and demands the release of political prisoners; he also condemns US moves to isolate the country
  • Jan 26 Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip
  • Jan 26 President Bill Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"
  • Jan 27 Crane crashes into Roosevelt Island tram (NYC), injuring 10
  • Jan 27 Roland Clarkson discovers 2^3021377-1 (37th known Mersenne prime)

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Jan 28 Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million

Painter Michelangelo
  • Jan 29 Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR
  • Jan 29 Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die
  • Jan 29 Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed
  • Jan 30 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
  • Jan 30 Paul Simon's "The Capeman" premieres
  • Jan 31 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands
  • Feb 1 Australian Mixed: J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (62 61)
  • Feb 1 Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • Feb 2 Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • Feb 2 Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
  • Feb 3 Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain
  • Feb 3 US military plane clips cable car lines in northern Italy, kills 20
  • Feb 3 Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby
  • Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
  • Feb 3 Cavalese cable car disaster: 20 people killed after NATO aircraft severs a cable car line

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Feb 4 Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Feb 4 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
  • Feb 5 Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • Feb 5 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)
  • Feb 6 Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years
  • Feb 6 In Corsica, the prefect Claude Erignac is assassinated in Ajaccio, presumably by Yvan Colonna.
  • Feb 9 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
  • Feb 9 6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win
  • Feb 10 AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
  • Feb 10 Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law.
  • Feb 11 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview
  • Feb 11 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500
  • Feb 11 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt
  • Feb 12 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
  • Feb 12 US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional
  • Feb 14 Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
  • Feb 15 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt wins (172.712 MPH)
  • Feb 16 Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
  • Feb 17 US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
  • Feb 17 Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
  • Feb 18 Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • Feb 20 UN Sec-Gen Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
  • Feb 23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • Feb 23 US Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
  • Feb 23 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31

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Feb 23 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Feb 25 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
  • Feb 25 Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich

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Feb 26 Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Feb 26 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
  • Feb 27 Apple discontinues development of the Newton computer
  • Feb 27 FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
  • Feb 27 NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
  • Feb 27 Britain's House of Lords agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
  • Feb 28 First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
  • Feb 28 Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
  • Mar 2 Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
  • Mar 3 Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Mar 4 Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
  • Mar 6 First time the British Union Flag is flown over Buckingham Palace (following the controversy after Princess Dian's death; formerly the only flag flown was the Sovereign's standard indicating the monarch's presence.)
  • Mar 6 Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Connecticut state lottery
  • Mar 15 An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 16 Mr Jefferson, Virginia, 1st cloned calf
  • Jul 17 Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal
  • Jul 24 Bindi Irwin, Australian entertainer; daughter of Steve Irwin

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 27 Novelist Danielle Steel (50) weds financier Thomas James Perkins (66)

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel
  • May 30 Nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (30) weds to commoner Marilene van den Broek (28) in Apeldoorn

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 20 Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (55) weds Elizabeth Berrios

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Jun 27 Prince Michael of Greece daughter Princess Alexandra (29) weds perfume executive Nicolas Mirzayantz (37) in Torcello Island

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Nelson Mandela marries 3rd wife Graça Machel on his 80th birthday

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Aug 22 FOX News Channel correspondent and Robert F. Kennedy's youngest son Douglas Kennedy (32) weds Molly Stark (29) in Nantucket, Massachusetts

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Dec 30 Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (44) weds quantum chemist Joachim Sauer (49) in Bonn, Germany

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 145

  • Jan 2 Frank Muir, English writer, raconteur (b. 1920)
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss Chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • Jan 8 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • Jan 9 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1981) dies at 79
  • Jan 15 Gulzarilal Nanda, temporary PM of India (1964, 66), dies
  • Jan 16 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, dies at 84
  • Jan 20 Zevulun Hammer, Vice PM of Israel, dies
  • Jan 23 Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies
  • Jan 24 Jay Monahan, husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42
  • Jan 25 Mohammad Yusuf Khan, prime minister of Afganistan in (1963-65), dies
  • Jan 26 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • Jan 29 Joseph Alioto, mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
  • Jan 30 Ricky Sanderson, stabbed 16-year old girl in NC, executed at 38
  • Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker, murderer, executed at 38
  • Feb 6 Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/pres (1961-63), dies
  • Feb 6 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • Feb 8 William Lambert, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 8 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member (b.1912)
  • Feb 9 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95
  • Feb 10 Buddy the Wonder Dog, dog (Air Bud), dies of cancer at 9
  • Feb 10 Maurice Schumann, French foreign minister (1969-73), dies
  • Feb 13 Jo Clayton, author, Cancer Died, Drums of Chaos, dies at 58
  • Feb 15 Martha Gelhorn, female war correspondent (Reuters), dies at 89
  • Feb 17 Ernst Juenger, German writer, dies at 102
  • Feb 18 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • Feb 19 Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies
  • Feb 22 Sandy Hume, correspondent (Fox News), commits suicide at 28
  • Feb 22 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 24 Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
  • Feb 25 Umberto Mastroianni, Italian sculptor, dies at 87
  • Feb 28 Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
  • Mar 2 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Fred Friendly, American broadcast executive (b. 1915)
  • Mar 6 Adem Jasari, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed
  • Mar 12 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 13 Hans von Ohain, German engineer (b. 1911)

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Mar 15 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
  • Mar 16 Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Mar 16 Esther Bubley, American photographer aged 77
  • Mar 21 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • Mar 25 Max Green, Australian lawyer (b. 1952)
  • Mar 25 Steve Schiff, United States Congressman (b. 1947)
  • Mar 27 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile manufacturer (b. 1909)
  • Mar 27 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • Mar 31 Bella Abzug, American politician (b. 1920)
  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90
  • Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
  • Apr 17 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 23 Constantine Karamanlis, Greek politician (b. 1907)
  • Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born writer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • May 1 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • May 7 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • May 8 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • May 12 Hermann Lenz, German writer Swabian Chronicles), dies at 75
  • May 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
  • May 19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)
  • May 22 José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • May 26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73
  • May 29 Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
  • Jun 5 Sam Yorty, Mayor of Los Angeles (b. 1909)

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Jun 8 Sani Abacha, President of Nigeria, dies at 54

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • Jun 8 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • Jun 10 Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
  • Jun 11 Catherine Cookson, British novelist (b. 1906)
  • Jun 20 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (b. 1942)
  • Jun 27 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician (b. 1935)
  • Jul 3 Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
  • Jul 7 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • Jul 12 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • Jul 14 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 16 John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)
  • Jul 21 Alan Shepard, astronaut (b. 1923)
  • Jul 28 Lenny McLean, English bareknuckle fighter (b. 1949)
  • Jul 29 Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (b. 1918)
  • Aug 4 Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • Aug 5 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • Aug 5 Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Andre Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Aug 8 Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • Aug 13 Julien Green, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • Aug 26 Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • Sep 1 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (b. 1930)
  • Sep 2 Allen Drury, American author (b. 1918)