December 1998 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Exxon announces a $73.7 billion USD deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company.
  • Dec 4 The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 6 Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Dec 8 Tadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.

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Dec 10 Indian Professor Amartya Sen is awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to welfare economics

Economist/Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen
Economist/Nobel Laureate
Amartya Sen
  • Dec 11 Thai Airways Airbus A310-200 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101
  • Dec 16 Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Dec 26 Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.
  • Dec 26 Severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power outages in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.
  • Dec 29 Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over a million people
  • Dec 31 Exchange rates between the euro and legacy currencies in the Eurozone become fixed.

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

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

  • Dec 1 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (b. 1902)
  • Dec 5 Al Gore, Sr., American politician (b. 1907)
  • Dec 9 Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • Dec 11 André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • Dec 12 Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Mo Udall, American politician (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Lawton Chiles, U.S. Senator from Florida and Governor of Florida (b. 1930)
  • Dec 14 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 14 Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist and author (b. 1928)
  • Dec 16 William Gaddis, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Dec 18 Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • Dec 19 Antonio Ordóñez, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1932)
  • Dec 19 Mel Fisher, American treasure hunter (b. 1922)
  • Dec 20 Chester P. Lyons, Canadian naturalist and author (b. 1915)
  • Dec 21 Ernst Gunther Schenck, German doctor who joined the Sturmabteilung in 1933 {b. 1904)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 24 Raemer Schreiber, American Physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, dies at 88

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Raemer Schreiber
  • Dec 25 John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  • Dec 29 Jean-Claude Forest, writer and illustrator of comics (Barbarella) (b. 1930)