May 1998 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Agreement 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.

  • May 7 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $US40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the then largest industrial merger in history

Election of Interest

May 10 Viktor Orbán elected Prime Minister of Hungary after his Fidesz party forms a centre-right coalition the Independent Smallholders Party and Hungarian Democratic Forum

  • May 11 India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device
  • 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 Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese descent are looted and women raped
  • May 18 United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
  • May 21 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

Historic Event

May 21 Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power

Historic Event

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

  • May 23 The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.

Historic Event

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

Birthdays in History

  • May 7 MrBeast [Jimmy Donaldson], American YouTuber, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • May 15 Mohammed El Kurd, Palestinian poet and activist, born in Jerusalem
  • May 15 Muna El Kurd, Palestinian activist, born in Jerusalem

Weddings in History

  • May 30 Nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (30) weds to commoner Marilene van den Broek (28) in Apeldoorn

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist, Black Panther leader turned Republican, dies at 62
  • May 7 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • May 8 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • May 12 Hermann Lenz, German writer (Swabian Chronicles), dies at 75
  • May 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
  • May 15 John Hawkes, American writer (2nd Skin), dies at 72
  • May 19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)
  • May 22 José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • May 23 Andreas Liebenberg, South African military commander, dies at 60
  • May 26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73
  • May 28 Philip L. Carret, American investor and founder of Pioneer Fund, dies at 101
  • May 29 Barry M. Goldwater, American politician (U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1953-65, 1969-87; Republican presidential candidate, 1964), dies at 89