On This Day

What Happened in October 1998

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • Oct 1 LA's Mauricio Cienfuegos and Martin Machon equal the MLS playoff record of 3 assists each as the Galaxy roll to a 6-1 win over the Dallas Burn at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
  • Oct 2 With his team struggling at 28 for 3, Australian cricket batsman Steve Waugh smashes a brilliant 157 to guide the tourists to an innings & 99 run win over Pakistan in the 1st Test in Rawalpindi

Farm Aid Concert

Oct 3 Farm Aid 11 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Phish, Steve Earle, Wilco, and Del McCoury Band [1]

  • Oct 4 Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy overtakes countryman Rod Marsh's world record of 355 Test cricket dismissals during 1st Test win v Pakistan in Rawalpindi; catches Wasim Akram off Colin Miller to reach milestone
  • Oct 4 Australian motorcycle racer Mick Doohan wins the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island to clinch his 5th world 500cc championship; all 5 titles are won with Honda
  • 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.

Impeachment Trial of Bill Clinton

Oct 8 US House of Representatives votes to begin impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton on charges of lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky

Nobel Prize

Oct 8 José Saramago is the first person from Portugal to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Oct 11 A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people.
  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 14 NY Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
  • Oct 14 Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2

Murder of Interest

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

Film & TV History

Oct 20 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

  • Oct 21 Baseball World Series: New York Yankees beat San Diego, 3-0 in Game 4 at Qualcomm Stadium to sweep Padres and win 2nd title in 3 years; MVP: Yankees 3rd baseman Scott Brosius

Agreement of Interest

Oct 23 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement.

Music Single

Oct 23 Britney Spears releases her debut single "Baby One More Time"

  • Oct 24 Launch of Deep Space 1 on comet and asteroid mission

Election of Interest

Oct 27 Helmut Kohl resigns as Chancellor of Germany after 16 years, following a landslide defeat in elections

  • 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 Adana to Ankara, Turkish Airlines flight with crew of 6 and 33 passengers hijacked by Kurdish militant, orders pilot fly to Switzerland. Pilot lands in Ankara tricking hijacker he was landing in Sofia to refuel.
  • Oct 29 Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras.

Scientific Discovery

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.
  • Oct 31 American jam band Phish performs The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" as a musical costume during a show at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada in Paradise, Nevada

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Angel Yin, American golfer (US Women's Open 2019 runner-up), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 6 Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
  • Oct 18 Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress
  • Oct 22 Roddy Ricch [Roderick Moore Jr.], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial; "The Box"), born in Compton, California
  • Oct 23 Amandla Stenberg, American actress (Hunger Games), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 29 Lance Stoll, Canadian-Belgian F1 racing driver, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 30 Cale Makar, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, Norris Trophy 2022; Calder Trophy 2020; Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 3 Dutch-born model Annette Roque (33) weds The Today show cohost Matt Lauer (41) at Presbyterian Church in Bridgehampton, New York
  • Oct 25 "Punky Brewster" actress Soleil Moon Frye (22) weds television producer and actor Jason Goldberg (26) at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California

Famous Divorces

Nick Faldo

Oct 13 Golfer champ Nick Faldo (41) divorces manager's secretary Gill Bennett after 12 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Pauline Julien, Canadian singer-songwriter, social and political activist, takes her own life after a brain disease diagnosis, at 70
  • Oct 2 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again";"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), dies of lymphoma at 91
  • Oct 2 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), dies at 74
  • Oct 2 D. French Slaughter Jr, American politician (Rep-R-VA, 1985-91), dies at 73
  • Oct 3 Roddy McDowall, British actor (Planet of Apes, Cleopatra, Lord Love a Duck), dies at 70
  • Oct 6 Mark Belanger, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1976; 8 x Gold Glove winner; Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer at 54
  • Oct 7 Arnold Jacobs, American symphonic tuba player (Chicago Symphony, 1944-83), and pedagogue, dies at 83
  • Oct 8 Anatol Vieru, Romanian-Jewish composer (Ultimele zile, ultimele ore/The Last Days, the Last Hours), and pedagogue, dies at 72
  • Oct 9 Ian Johnson, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), dies at 80
  • Oct 9 Robert Allen [Irvine Theodore Baehr], American actor (The Awful Truth, Crime and Punishment), dies from cancer and collapsed lung at 92
  • Oct 10 Clark Clifford, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1906)
  • Oct 10 Tommy Quaid, Irish hurler (b. 1957)
  • Oct 11 Richard Denning [Louis Denninger Jr.], American actor (An Affair to Remember, The Black Scorpion), dies from cardiac arrest at 84
  • Oct 12 Mario Beaulieu, Canadian politician (Senator for Quebec, 1990-94), dies at 68
  • Oct 12 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
  • Oct 12 Oldřich Flosman, Czechoslovakian composer (Visions of Michelangelo; Butterflies Don't Live Here Any Longer), dies at 73
  • Oct 14 Cleveland Amory, American writer and animal rights activist (b. 1917)
  • Oct 14 Frankie Yankovic, American musician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 16 Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 17 Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
  • Oct 17 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  • Oct 21 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
  • Oct 21 Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, British business executive, dies at 96
  • Oct 22 Eric Ambler, English novelist (b. 1909)
  • Oct 23 Barnett Slepian, American physician, murdered by anti-abortionist James Charles Kopp at 52
  • Oct 24 Mary Calderone, American physician and founder (planned parenthood), dies at 94
  • Oct 27 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973-89), dies at 70

Ted Hughes

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

  • Oct 28 James Goldman, American screenwriter and playwright (The Lion in Winter) dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Oct 28 Ghulam Ahmed, Indian cricketer (off-spinner in 22 Tests for India in 1950's), dies at 76
  • Oct 29 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), dies at 90
  • Oct 30 Bulldog Turner, American Pro/College Football HOF center (Hardin–Simmons Uni; 7 × First-team All-Pro; 4 x Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears), dies at 79
  • Oct 31 Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • Oct 31 Bernard J. Dwyer, American politician (Rep-D-NJ 1981-93), dies at 77
  • Oct 31 Kenneth Darling, British Army Commander-in-chief Allied Forces, dies at 89