June 1998 in History

Events in History

  • 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 1 European Central Bank is founded in Brussels to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy
  • 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 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)
  • 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

Event of Interest

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

  • Jun 11 Compaq Computer pays $9.6 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation; largest high-tech acquisition at the time
  • Jun 25 In Clinton v. City of New York, the US Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional

Event of Interest

Jun 25 New building for The British Library at Kings Cross, designed by Colin St John Wilson, is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in London

  • Jun 27 Opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

Weddings in History

Larry Flynt

Jun 20 Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (55) weds Elizabeth Berrios (his fifth and final time)

  • Jun 27 Prince Michael of Greece daughter Princess Alexandra (29) weds perfume executive Nicolas Mirzayantz (37) in Torcello Island

Deaths in History

  • Jun 5 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), dies at 83
  • Jun 5 Sam Yorty, American politician, Mayor of Los Angeles (1961-73), dies at 88
  • Jun 7 Thomas Narcejac, French writer (Vertigo), dies at 89
  • Jun 8 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)

Sani Abacha (1943-1998)

Jun 8 de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), dies at 54

  • Jun 9 Lois Mailou Jones, American painter (Peasants on Parade), dies at 92
  • Jun 10 Hammond Innes, English author (The Wreck of the Mary Deare), dies at 84
  • Jun 11 Catherine Cookson, English novelist (Bannaman Legacy), dies at 91
  • Jun 12 Leo Buscaglia, American psychologist known as "Dr Love" (Love), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Jun 20 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard, committed suicide at 56
  • Jun 23 Paul O'Dwyer, Irish-American politician and President of City Council (D-NYC), dies at 90
  • Jun 27 Boris Nikolayevich Belousov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 67
  • Jun 27 Desmond Heap, British lawyer and authority on British planning law, dies at 90
  • Jun 27 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • Jun 28 Ralph Perring, British businessman (Lord Mayor of London 1962-63), dies at 95