June 1998 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 European Central Bank is founded in Brussels to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy
  • Jun 2 The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.
  • Jun 3 Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths.
  • Jun 4 Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Jun 5 A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).
  • Jun 7 James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
  • Jun 7 52nd Tony Awards: "The Lion King" and '"Art" win
  • Jun 11 Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
  • Jun 25 In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.
  • Jun 27 Opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
  • Jun 30 Sega Channel, cable's 1st on-demand video game service, closes down

Weddings in History

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

Deaths in History

  • Jun 5 Sam Yorty, Mayor of Los Angeles (b. 1909)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)