September 1998 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Event of Interest

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

  • Sep 11 16th Commonwealth Games open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia making Malaysia the first Asian country to host the games

Event 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.

  • Sep 14 Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom complete their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.
  • 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.

Election 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

Deaths in History

  • Sep 1 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (Marsz żałobny), dies at 67
  • Sep 1 Petar Šegedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil), dies at 89
  • Sep 1 Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, English press magnate (The Mail on Sunday), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Sep 2 Allen Drury, American author (Advise & Consent - 1960 Pulitzer Prize), dies at 80
  • Sep 2 Jonathan Mann, American physician and AIDS activist, dies in the 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111 at 51
  • Sep 4 Elizabeth Kata, Australian writer, A Patch of Blue (b. 1912)
  • Sep 5 Verner Panton, Danish designer (b. 1926)
  • Sep 7 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, dies at 85
  • Sep 11 Frank Ereaut, British Bailiff of Jersey (1975-85), dies at 79

George WallaceGeorge Wallace (1919-1998)

Sep 13 American politician (Gov-D-Ala) and presidential candidate, dies of septic shock at 79

  • Sep 17 Ted Binion, Las Vegas casino heir (b. 1943)
  • Sep 29 Jared High, American victim of bullying and suicide, dies at 13

Tom BradleyTom Bradley (1917-1998)

Sep 29 American politician and Mayor of Los Angeles (Democrat: 1973-93), dies at 80

  • Sep 29 Valston Hancock, Australian air force commander (Chief of Air Force Staff 1961-65), dies at 91