Historical Events in August 1998

  • Aug 1 -8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam

Golf Major

Aug 2 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Essex GC: Brandie Burton wins by 1 shot from Annika Sörenstam

  • Aug 2 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Minikahda GC: US beats Great Britain & Ireland 10-8
  • Aug 2 Tour de France: Marco Pantani of Italy makes it a Tour & Giro d'Italia double, German Erik Zabel is points winner

Music Single

Aug 3 Irish band Boyzone release their best-selling single "No Matter What" composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman

  • Aug 3 The Oval stages first competitive cricket match played under floodlights in London when home team Surrey loses to Sussex by 8 wickets in the day/night 40-over fixture

Television Debut

Aug 5 The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC

  • Aug 9 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Welshman Brian Huggett beats Eddie Pollard of Northern Ireland by a stroke on the first playoff hole
  • Aug 10 The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei.

Historic Event

Aug 11 Palestine Liberation Organization 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

  • Aug 13 31st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Historic Event

Aug 14 Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government

PGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Sahalee CC: Vijay Singh of Fiji wins by 2 shots from American Steve Stricker

'I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman'

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

Assassination

Aug 19 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop Desmond 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: US military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania

Historic Event

Aug 21 P. W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  • Aug 22 South Africa beats Australia, 29-15 in Johannesburg to win their first Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • Aug 24 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • Aug 24 The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.

Album Release

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)

  • 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.