On This Day

Historical Events in 1998 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 431

  • Mar 29 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back to finish 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Glen Day and Tom Lehman
  • Mar 29 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pat Hurst wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Helen Dobson after sinking a 5-foot birdie putt at the final green

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Mar 29 WrestleMania XIV, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's wins his first WWF Heavyweight tile against Shawn Michaels

Professional Wrestler Shawn Michaels
Professional Wrestler
Shawn Michaels
  • Mar 30 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Utah, 78-69; Wildcats' 2nd title in 3 seasons and 7th overall
  • Mar 31 Expansion clubs, Tampa Bay and Arizona both suffer bad losses in their MLB debuts; Devil Rays lose, 11-6 to the Detroit Tigers and the Diamondbacks fall, 9-2 to Colorado Rockies
  • Mar 31 Milwaukee becomes first team since the inception of the American League in 1901 to switch MLB leagues; Brewers lose first NL game, 2-1 to the Braves in Atlanta
  • Apr 4 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • Apr 4 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn wins aboard Earth Summit; first GN winner who was also successful in both Scottish and Welsh Grand Nationals
  • Apr 5 France thrashes Wales, 51-0 at Wembley Stadium, London for its second straight Five Nations Rugby Championship and Grand Slam; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 5 conversions and 2 penalties
  • Apr 5 The Arizona Diamondbacks record their first win in team history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix, AZ; ends second-worst start ever (0-5) by an expansion team
  • Apr 5 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Defending champion Gil Morgan wins by 2 strokes from Tom Wargo
  • Apr 6 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • Apr 10 The Good Friday Agreement [Belfast Agreement] for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 12 62nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Mark O'Meara claims his first major title with a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by 1 stroke from David Duval and Fred Couples

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • Apr 12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 NFL Draft: Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

  • Apr 18 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Hale Irwin makes it 3 straight titles in the event with a convincing 7 stroke margin over runner-up Larry Nelson

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 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 20 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya wins men's title in 2:07:34; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia wins back-to-back women's events in 2:23:21
  • Apr 22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 22 33rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and George Strait win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Trisha Yearwood
Country Singer
Trisha Yearwood
  • May 2 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20
  • May 2 Battle of Hogwarts: fictional battle that ended the Second Wizarding War with the death of Lord Voldemort at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 6 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 7 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $US40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the then largest industrial merger in history
  • May 9 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
  • 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 Indonesians of Chinese descent 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 13 Chelsea of England win 38th European Cup Winner's Cup against Stuttgart of Germany 1-0 in Stockholm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
  • May 16 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80

Sport awardLPGA Championship

May 17 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: 20-year-old rookie Se Ri Pak leads wire-to-wire to win the first of her 5 majors, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Donna Andrews and Lisa Hackney

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak

  • May 17 New York Yankees pitcher David Wells tosses a perfect game in a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, NY
  • May 18 United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
  • May 18 44th British Academy Television Awards: "I'm Alan Partridge" Best Comedy, "Jonathan Creek" Best Drama
  • May 20 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
  • May 21 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
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 24 Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
  • May 24 51st Cannes Film Festival: "Mia aioniotita kai mia mera / Eternity and a Day" by Theo Angelopoulos wins the Palme d'Or

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 26 Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill 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.
  • May 30 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: In an all-NZ final, Andrew Mehrtens lands 2 penalties & 2 conversions as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Blues, 20-13; Crusaders' first title
  • Jun 1 European Central Bank is founded in Brussels to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy
  • Jun 1 Australian Susie Maroney becomes first person to swim from Mexico to Cuba across shark and jellyfish-infested waters of the Yucatan Straits; swims 123-miles in 38 hours 33 minutes in a cage
  • 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 4 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • 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)

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 5 "The Truman Show", starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris, is released

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
Actor Ed Harris
Actor
Ed Harris
  • Jun 5 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 6 130th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Victory Gallop wins in 2:29

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Jun 6 TV sitcom "Sex and the City" premieres in the US on HBO, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain beats Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-2; her 4th and last career Grand Slam singles title and 3rd French title

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • 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 7 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Spanish final Carlos Moya beats Alex Corretja 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 for his lone major title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 Abdulsalami Abubakar succeeds Sani Abacha as military President of Nigeria

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • Jun 11 Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
  • Jun 14 "Comic Relief" benefit comedy show

Sport awardNBA Finals

Jun 14 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 87-86 in Game 6 for their 3rd consecutive title and 6th in 8 seasons; MVP: Michael Jordan for 3rd straight year and 6th time

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jun 14 WLAF World Bowl 6, Waldstadion, Frankfurt: Rhein Fire beats Frankfurt Galaxy, 34-10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15 32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus wins

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Jun 16 Stanley Cup Final, MCI Center, Washington, D.C.: Detroit Red Wings go back-to-back, defeating debutant finalists Washington Capitals, 4-1 for a 4-0 series sweep

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic Club, SF: Lee Janzen recovers from 7 stroke deficit to win his second Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Payne Stewart

  • Jun 21 "Don't Be Cruel" 2nd studio album by Bobby Brown is released (Grammy Award Best Male R&B Vocal Performance 1990)
  • Jun 24 NBA Draft: Pacific center Michael Olowokandi first pick by Los Angeles Clippers
  • 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 27 NHL Draft: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) center Vincent Lecavalier first pick by Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Jun 30 Sega Channel, cable's 1st on-demand video game service, closes down
  • Jul 1 NBA commences a player lockout after no agreement with players about salary issues - lasts 204 days with the season shortened by 50 games
  • Jul 2 "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the second book in the series is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat of France 6-4, 7-6 for her first and only Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains title; beats Goran Ivanišević 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 for his 5th of 7 Wimbledon singles crowns

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jul 5 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens collects his 3,000th career strikeout in 2-1 win vs Tampa Bay (11th to achieve milestone)
  • Jul 5 NY Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles 1-0 to improve record to 61-20, equalling best 81-game start in MLB history
  • Jul 6 US Open Women's Golf, Blackwolf Run: Se Ri Pak of South Korea wins a 20-hole Monday playoff over American amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn
  • Jul 6 Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational
  • Jul 6 England cricket spin bowler Robert Croft saves England from defeat with a famous unbeaten 37 in 190 minutes on day 5 of 2nd Test v South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Jul 7 69th MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver: In the highest scoring AS Game in history, AL wins 13-8

  • Jul 10 Roman Catholic sexual 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

Sport awardFIFA World Cup

Jul 12 FIFA World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Zinedine Zidane scores twice as France wins first World Cup beating Brazil, 3-0

Football Player and Manager Zinedine Zidane
Football Player and Manager
Zinedine Zidane

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 South African President 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 12 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Gil Morgan wins his 3rd Champions Tour major title by 3 strokes from Hale Irwin
  • Jul 14 Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party
  • Jul 15 Donatella Versace launches her first couture collection for her brother's Versace label, a year after his murder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 17 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Martin Campbell, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins is released

  • Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Mark O'Meara wins his 2nd major championship of the year (Masters) and first Open title by 2 in a 4-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Brian Watts
  • 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.

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 24 "Saving Private Ryan", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1999)

  • Jul 26 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Hale Irwin wins by 1 stroke ahead of Vicente Fernández of Argentina
  • Aug 1 -8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam
  • 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
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer Ronan Keating
Singer
Ronan Keating
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Appears on tv showTelevision 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 14 Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela

Battle of InterestOmagh Bombing

Aug 15 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220

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A man and a child (who both survived) stand next to the car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, that exploded shortly after, killing 29 people. The photographer did not survive.
A man and a child (who both survived) stand next to the car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, that exploded shortly after, killing 29 people. The photographer did not survive.
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  • 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''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

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Touching birthday greetings from Bill to Monica
Touching birthday greetings from Bill to Monica
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MurderAssassination

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

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Dag Hammarskjöld
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 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 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.

Music releaseAlbum 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)

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill
  • 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 1 American harness trainer/driver Dave Palone wins his 6,000th race, driving Oompa’s Terminator to victory at The Meadows Racetrack in Pennsylvania
  • 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 3 55th Venice Film Festival: "Cosi ridevano" directed by Gianni Amelio wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Google is formally incorporated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University

Computer Scientist and Co-founder of Google Larry Page
Computer Scientist and Co-founder of Google
Larry Page
Co-Founder of Google Sergey Brin
Co-Founder of Google
Sergey Brin
  • Sep 4 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain
  • Sep 4 NY Yankees beat Chicago WS, 11-6, to win their 100th game on the earliest date in MLB history besting the 1906 Chicago Cubs & 1954 Cleveland Indians by 5 days

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 10 15th MTV Video Music Awards: Madonna & Will Smith win

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 Independent counsel Ken Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.

Lawyer who investigated Bill Clinton Ken Starr
Lawyer who investigated Bill Clinton
Ken Starr
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Sep 11 16th Commonwealth Games open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia making Malaysia the first Asian country to host the games

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport wins her first career Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Sep 13 50th Emmy Awards: The Practice, Frasier, Andre Braugher & Christine Lahti win
  • Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Patrick Rafter retains title; beats Mark Philippoussis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
  • Sep 14 Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom complete their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.
  • Sep 14 British TV show "The Royle Family" written and starring Caroline Adherne and Craig Cash, also starring Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston premieres on BBC Two
  • 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 18 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is formed.

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 18 "Rush Hour" directed by Brett Ratner, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker released - Jackie Chan's Hollywood breakthrough

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 23rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Life Is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigni wins the People's Choice Award

  • Sep 20 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Muirfield Village: US retains Cup; beats Europe 16-12 for third consecutive victory
  • Sep 20 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Geneva, Switzerland: Conchita Martínez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beat Martina Hingis & Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-0, 6-2 in doubles decider to clinch Spain's 5th title, 3-2
  • Sep 23 32nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 27 German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU party suffers a heavy defeat in federal elections to Gerard Schroder's SPD party

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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
  • 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.

USAImpeachment 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

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Tickets issued to former President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty
Tickets issued to former President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty
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Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

Novelist José Saramago
Novelist
José Saramago
  • 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

MurderMurder of Interest

Oct 16 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a Spanish warrant requesting his extradition on murder charges

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Oct 21 World Series Baseball: 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
  • Oct 23 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement.

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Oct 24 Launch of Deep Space 1 on comet and asteroid mission
  • 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.

InventionScientific 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.

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • 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
  • Nov 1 The European Court of Human Rights is instituted.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Finnish McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to claim his first F1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 14 points from Michael Schumacher

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Steve Young and Jerry Rice hook up for their 80th career touchdown in Niners' 36-22 loss to GB Packers at Lambeau Field; eclipse previous NFL mark held by Miami Dolphins tandem Dan Marino & Mark Clayton

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 3 "Shakespeare in Love" directed by John Madden and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes premieres in New York (Best Picture 1999)

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actor Joseph Fiennes
Actor
Joseph Fiennes
Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • Nov 3 "400 Degreez" 3rd studio album by Juvenile is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1999)
  • Nov 7 10th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 31-26 in Chestnut Hill
  • Nov 7 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Awesome Again, Answer Lively, Escena, Buck's Boy, Da Hoss, Silverbulletday, Reraise
  • 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
  • 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 10 "Star Trek: Insurrection" film directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes premieres

  • Nov 12 NY Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak

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

45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore
  • Nov 16 Monica Lewinsky signs a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with US President Clinton
  • Nov 17 Tori Amos release a compilation of her videos, "Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998"

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Nov 17 Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"

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Nov 17 Mariah Carey releases "#1's"

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

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Nov 19 Vincent van Gogh's "Portrait of the Artist Without Beard" sells at auction for $71.5 million