1998 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 210

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Mar 16 Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Mar 24 Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.
  • Mar 24 A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
  • Mar 26 Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • Mar 29 Vasco da Gama Road bridge opens in Lisbon, Portugal as the longest bridge in Europe
  • Apr 6 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • Apr 10 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish goverments
  • Apr 12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.
  • Apr 20 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
  • Apr 20 German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
  • Apr 22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

AgreementAgreement of Interest

May 4 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
  • May 7 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  • May 11 India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
  • May 13 Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
  • May 13 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.
  • May 18 United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
  • May 21 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

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May 21 Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia

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May 22 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
  • May 23 The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
  • May 26 Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton
  • May 26 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.
  • May 27 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.
  • May 28 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.
  • May 30 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
  • 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
  • Jul 2 "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the 2nd book in the series is published by Bloomsbury in the UK
  • Jul 6 Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.
  • Jul 10 Roman Catholic sex abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos.

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Jul 12 Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jul 14 Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party

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Jul 17 Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died

  • Jul 20 Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban.
  • Jul 24 Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
  • Aug 1 -8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam
  • Aug 10 The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei.

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Aug 11 Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Aug 14 Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government
  • Aug 15 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220
  • Aug 17 Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.
  • Aug 19 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld of Sweden
  • Aug 20 The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
  • Aug 20 U.S. embassy bombings: the United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
  • Aug 21 P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Aug 24 The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • Aug 24 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • Aug 28 Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate.
  • Aug 31 North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.
  • 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 4 Google is formally incorporated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University
  • Sep 11 Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.
  • Sep 11 Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games.
  • 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

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Oct 1 Vladimir Putin became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Oct 7 Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found tied to a fence after being savagely beaten by two young adults in Laramie, Wyoming.
  • Oct 8 Oslo Gardermoen airport opening after the close down of Fornebu.
  • Oct 11 A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people.
  • Oct 16 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a Spanish warrant requesting his extradition on murder charges
  • Oct 17 At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
  • Oct 19 The Earth Liberation Front sets fire to Vail Mountain ski resort in Colorado, causing $12 million in damage
  • Oct 23 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement.
  • Oct 24 Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
  • Oct 28 An Air China (Mainland China) jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.
  • Oct 29 Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
  • Oct 29 En route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight with crew of 6 and 33 passengers is hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. Pilot lands in Ankara tricking the hijacker he was landing in Sofia to refuel.
  • Oct 29 Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras.
  • Oct 29 Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
  • Oct 29 ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.
  • Oct 31 Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
  • Nov 1 The European Court of Human Rights is instituted.
  • Nov 9 Brokerage houses are ordered to pay 1.03 billion USD to cheated NASDAQ investors to compensate for their price-fixing. This is the largest civil settlement in United States history.
  • Nov 9 Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences.

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Nov 12 Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol.

US Vice President Al Gore
US Vice President
Al Gore

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Nov 16 Monica Lewinsky signs a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with US President 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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Nov 19 Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for $71.5 million USD.

  • Nov 19 Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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Nov 20 A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Nov 20 The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched.
  • Nov 23 Agreement between Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his rival, prince Norodom Ranariddh.
  • Nov 26 Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament.
  • Nov 28 The people of Albania vote for their new Constitution in a referendum.
  • Nov 30 Deutsche Bank announces a US$10 billion deal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world.
  • 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.

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Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 145 of 145

  • Sep 4 Elizabeth Kata, Australian writer, A Patch of Blue (b. 1912)
  • Sep 5 Verner Panton, Danish designer (b. 1926)
  • Sep 7 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, dies at 85

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Sep 13 George Wallace, American politician (Gov-D-Ala) and presidential candidate, dies of septic shock at 79

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • Sep 17 Ted Binion, Las Vegas casino heir (b. 1943)

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Sep 29 Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (D-1973-93), dies at 80

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • Sep 29 Jared High, victim of bullying and suicide (b. 1985)
  • Oct 7 Arnold Jacobs, American tuba player a.k.a. Song and Wind (b. 1915)
  • Oct 10 Clark Clifford, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1906)
  • Oct 10 Tommy Quaid, Irish hurler (b. 1957)
  • Oct 12 Mario Beaulieu, French Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Oct 12 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
  • Oct 14 Cleveland Amory, American writer and animal rights activist (b. 1917)
  • Oct 16 Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 17 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  • Oct 21 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
  • Oct 22 Eric Ambler, English novelist (b. 1909)
  • Oct 23 Barnett Slepian, American physician (b. 1946)

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Oct 28 Ted Hughes, Poet and British Poet Laureate (1984-98), dies aged 68

  • Nov 13 Michel Trudeau, Canadian outdoorsman, son of Pierre Trudeau (b. 1975)
  • Nov 15 Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)
  • Nov 19 Ted Fujita, Japanese-born American meteorologist (b. 1920)
  • Nov 20 Galina Starovoitova, Russian politician (b. 1946)
  • Nov 22 Stu Unger, American poker player (b. 1953)
  • Nov 25 Nelson Goodman, American philosopher (b. 1906)
  • Nov 26 Jonathan Kwitny, American reporter (b. 1941)
  • Nov 28 Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism (b. 1938)
  • 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)

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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)