What Happened in 1998

Significant Events

  • 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"
  • Feb 23 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders
  • Apr 10 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments
  • May 23 The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
  • Jun 1 European Central Bank is founded in Brussels to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy
  • 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 he had an "improper physical relationship" with the intern and on the same day admits before the nation he "misled people" about the relationship
  • Sep 15 Google.com is registered as a domain name
  • Oct 16 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a Spanish warrant requesting his extradition on murder charges
  • Nov 9 Brokerage houses are ordered to pay 1.03 billion USD to NASDAQ investors to compensate for price-fixing - largest civil settlement in US history
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1998 in Film & TV

  • May 14 Seinfeld's final 2-part episode "The Finale" airs on NBC to 76.3M viewers (commercials priced at $2M for 30 seconds)

1998 in Music

  • Aug 25 "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" debut album by Lauryn Hill is released (5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Billboard Album of the Year 1998)

1998 in Sport

  • Jul 1 The NBA commences a player lockout after no agreement with players about salary issues - lasted 204 days, season shortened by 50 games

Did You Know?

Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

On February 24, 1998


World Leaders in 1998

Famous People in 1998

Would You Believe?

Battle of Hogwarts: fictional battle that ended the Second Wizarding War with the death of Lord Voldemort at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

On May 2, 1998

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 5 "Hercules" actor Kevin Sorbo (39) weds actress Sam Jenkins (33) at the Beurge Chapel in Pacific Palisades, California
  • Jan 10 Major League Baseball outfielder Barry Bonds (33) weds Elizabeth Watson (28) at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco
  • Feb 14 Golden Globe Award-winning actress Sharon Stone (40) weds San Francisco Examiner executive editor Phil Bronstein (47) in Beverly Hills, California
  • Feb 20 The warrior monk "Kung Fu" actor David Carradine (61) weds actress Marina Benjamin (45) on the Laramie Street on the back lot of Warner Bros. Studio
  • Feb 22 Singer-songwriter Tori Amos (34) weds British sound engineer Mark Hawley (34) in West Wycombe, England

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 8 Roseanne Barr files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas
  • Feb 28 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage
  • Mar 5 Singer Mariah Carey and mugic mogul Tommy Mottola divorce after 2 years of marriage
  • Oct 13 Golfer champ Nick Faldo (41) divorces manager's secretary Gill Bennett after 12 years of marriage
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