July 1998 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 2 "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the second 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 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

Event of Interest

Jul 12 South African President Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

  • 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 Interest

Jul 17 Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II and 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.

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 4 Malia Obama, American daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 17 Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 25 Tiny Rowland [Roland Fuhrop], German-British businessman and corporate raider (owned The Observer, tried to take over Harrods) dies at 80

Weddings in History

Nelson Mandela

Jul 18 Nelson Mandela marries 3rd wife Graça Machel on his 80th birthday

Deaths in History

  • Jul 3 Danielle Bunten Berry [Dan Bunten], American software developer (M.U.L.E.), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 6 Roy Rogers, American cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show), dies at 86
  • Jul 7 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • Jul 7 Moshood Abiola, 1993 Nigerian presidential election candidate and presumed winner of the inconclusive election, dies in detention at 60
  • Jul 10 Victor Smith, Australian Admiral (Australian Chief of Naval Staff, 1st RAN officer promoted to admiral), dies at 85 [1]
  • Jul 12 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • Jul 14 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (McDonalds), dies at 89
  • Jul 14 Robert A. W. Lowndes, American sci-fi author (Puzzle Planet), dies at 81
  • Jul 16 John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)

Alan ShepardAlan Shepard (1923-1998)

Jul 21 American astronaut and 1st American in space, dies of leukemia at 74

  • Jul 22 Antonio Saura, Spanish painter, dies at 67
  • Jul 23 Vladimir Dudintsev, Ukrainian Soviet writer (Not by Bread Alone), dies at 79
  • Jul 25 Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), dies at 82
  • Jul 27 William McChesney Martin, American Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70), dies at 91
  • Jul 28 Lenny McLean, English bareknuckle fighter (b. 1949)
  • Jul 28 Zbigniew Herbert, Polish poet and writer, dies at 73
  • Jul 31 Serge Golovine, French ballet choreographer (Death of Narcissus), dies at 73