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Events in History in October 1998

Historic Event

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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

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Tickets issued to former President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty
Tickets issued to former President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty
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Nobel Prize

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

Novelist José Saramago
Novelist
José Saramago
  • 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

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 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.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • 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

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • 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.

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