October 1998 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Event of Interest

Oct 1 Vladimir Putin became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

  • 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.

Nobel Prize

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

  • Oct 8 Oslo Gardermoen airport opening after the close down of Fornebu.

Impeachment 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

  • Oct 11 A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people.

Murder of Interest

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

  • 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

Agreement of Interest

Oct 23 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement.

  • Oct 24 Launch of Deep Space 1 on comet and asteroid mission

Election of Interest

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.

Scientific 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.

  • Oct 31 Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 D. French Slaughter Jr, American politician (Rep-R-VA, 1985-91), dies at 73
  • Oct 10 Clark M. Clifford, American lawyer and presidential advisor (US Secretary of Defense 1968-69), dies at 91
  • Oct 10 Tommy Quaid, Irish hurler (b. 1957)
  • Oct 12 Mario Beaulieu, Canadian politician (Senator for Quebec, 1990-94), dies at 68
  • Oct 12 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
  • Oct 16 Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 16 M. Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], Dutch poet (Phoenix), dies at 89
  • Oct 17 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  • Oct 20 Franz Tumler, Austrian writer (Cloak, Aufruf), dies at 86
  • Oct 21 Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, British business executive, dies at 96
  • Oct 21 Alexander Cairncross, Scottish economist (Chancellor of Glasgow University), dies at 87
  • Oct 21 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
  • Oct 22 Eric Ambler, English author of thrillers and spy novels (Epitaph for a Spy), dies at 89
  • Oct 23 Barnett Slepian, American physician, murdered by anti-abortionist James Charles Kopp at 52
  • Oct 24 Mary Calderone, American physician and founder (planned parenthood), dies at 94
  • Oct 27 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973-89), dies at 70

Ted HughesTed Hughes (1930-1998)

Oct 28 English Poet and translator (British Poet Laureate 1984-98), dies at 68

Tommy FlowersTommy Flowers (1905-1998)

Oct 28 English engineer (Colossus), dies at 92

  • Oct 31 Bernard J. Dwyer, American politician (Rep-D-NJ 1981-93), dies at 77
  • Oct 31 Kenneth Darling, British Army Commander-in-chief Allied Forces, dies at 89