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1998The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC

1998Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba

199824th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

1998Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

1998Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers

1998Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

1998Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

1998Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee

1998Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton

1998Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

1998Last episode of seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)

1998Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died

1998Monica Lewinsky signs a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with US President Clinton

1998Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

199833rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait wins

1998112th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats G Ivanišević (6-7 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-2)

1998Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

1998Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement

1998The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in "Titanic") with their Founders Award

199872nd Australian Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats C Martinez (63 63)

1998Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

1998Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer

1998San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl

1998Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

1998KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview

1998President Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones

1998"King & I," closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

199812th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win

1998Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli's is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals

199844th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

1998Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement.

1998Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

1998Vladimir Putin became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

199832nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait wins

1998Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.

1998Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton

1998A 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.

199815th MTV Awards: Madonna & Will Smith wins

1998Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

1998Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.

1998President Bill Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"

1998Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time

1998Michelangelo, "Christ & the Woman of Samaria," sold for $7.4 million

1998Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

1998Spice Girl Victoria Adams (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

199870th Academy Awards - "Titanic," Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt win

1998"The Truman Show", starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris, is released

1998Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.

1998A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

1998Lewinsky 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.

1998Elton John knighted

1998Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for $71.5 million USD.

1998 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke-free 
Jan 1
Mongolia switches from a 46 hour to 40 hour work week 
Jan 1
US Census Bureau estimates population at 268,921,733 
Jan 1
Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence. 
Jan 1
The European Central Bank is established. 
Jan 2
Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine 
Jan 3
"Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances 
Jan 3
Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke 
Jan 4
"Funny Thing Happened," closes at St James NYC after 715 perform 
Jan 4
"Ivanov," closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 51 performances 
Jan 4
"Triumph of Love," closes at Royale Theater NYC 
Jan 4
Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages. 
Jan 4
A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction. 
Jan 5
Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec & Ontario 
Jan 5
Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid 
Jan 6
Barry Switzer resigns as Dallas Cowboy coach 
Jan 6
Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame 
Jan 7
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton 
Jan 8
NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position 
Jan 8
Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer 
Jan 8
World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life 
Jan 9
Anatoly Karpov defeats Viswanathan Anand to retain chess title 
Jan 9
Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov spacewalk record 3 hrs 8 mins 
Jan 9
Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving 
Jan 9
Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned 
Jan 9
Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever 
Jan 10
18th United Negro College Fund raises (rebroadcasted Jan 17th) 
Jan 11
"Proposals," closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances 
Jan 11
AFC Championship: Denver Broncos beat Pitt Steelers 24-21 
Jan 11
NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers beat SF 49'ers 23-10 
Jan 11
US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan 
Jan 11
US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge 
Jan 11
Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed. 
Jan 11
24th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV) 
Jan 12
Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning. 
Jan 13
"Patti LaBelle On Broadway," opens at St James Theater NYC 
Jan 13
CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years 
Jan 14
100th episode of "Ellen," airs 
Jan 14
Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge 
Jan 14
Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis). 
Jan 15
NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again 
Jan 15
Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers 
Jan 17
President Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones 
Jan 18
"Ragtime," opens at Ford Theater NYC 
Jan 18
48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver 
Jan 18
ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando 
Jan 18
Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00 
Jan 18
Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural 
Jan 18
UCP Telethon 
Jan 20
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles 
Jan 20
Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming 
Jan 21
Pope John Paul II visits Cuba 
Jan 22
NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild 
Jan 22
Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time 
Jan 22
STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit 
Jan 22
World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe 
Jan 23
Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba 
Jan 25
"Grease," closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance 
Jan 25
"Patti LaBelle On Broadway," closes at St James Theater NYC 
Jan 25
Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement 
Jan 25
Helen Alfredsson wins Office Depot LPGA tournament 
Jan 25
Spice Girl Victoria Adams (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged 
Jan 25
Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers 31-24 
Jan 25
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others. 
Jan 26
25th American Music Award: Spice Girls & Babyface win 
Jan 26
Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip 
Jan 26
President Bill Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky" 
Jan 27
Crane crashes into Roosevelt Island tram (NYC), injuring 10 
Jan 27
Roland Clarkson discovers 2^3021377-1 (37th known Mersenne prime) 
Jan 27
WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock 
Jan 28
Michelangelo, "Christ & the Woman of Samaria," sold for $7.4 million 
Jan 29
"Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC 
Jan 29
Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 
Jan 29
Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR 
Jan 29
Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die 
Jan 29
Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed 
Jan 30
All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires 
Jan 30
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM 
Jan 30
Paul Simon's "The Capeman," premieres 
Jan 31
72nd Australian Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats C Martinez (63 63) 
Jan 31
STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands 
Feb 1
"Street Corner Symphony," closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 perf 
Feb 1
86th Australian Mens Tennis: Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (62 62 62) 
Feb 1
Australian Mixed: J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (62 61) 
Feb 1
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 29-24 
Feb 1
Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral. 
Feb 2
Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose 
Feb 2
Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board 
Feb 3
Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli's is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals 
Feb 3
NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman 
Feb 3
Stamps commemorating Princess Diana go on sale in Britain 
Feb 3
US military plane clips cable car lines in northern Italy, kills 20 
Feb 3
Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby 
Feb 3
Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984. 
Feb 4
Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium 
Feb 4
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000. 
Feb 5
Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini 
Feb 5
Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record 
Feb 5
Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd) 
Feb 6
Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers 
Feb 6
Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years 
Feb 6
In Corsica, the prefect Claude Erignac is assassinated in Ajaccio, presumably by Yvan Colonna. 
Feb 6
Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport. 
Feb 7
18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano Japan 
Feb 7
NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7 
Feb 8
1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0 
Feb 8
48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC 
Feb 8
NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics 
Feb 9
Failed assassination attempt on Georgian Pres Eduard Shevardnadze 
Feb 9
6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win 
Feb 10
AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95 
Feb 10
Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery 
Feb 10
Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law. 
Feb 11
KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview 
Feb 11
Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997," auctioned for $442,500 
Feb 12
"Freak," opens at Cort Theater NYC 
Feb 12
250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt 
Feb 12
Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach 
Feb 12
Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740 
Feb 12
US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional 
Feb 14
Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing. 
Feb 15
Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship 
Feb 15
Daytona 500 race 
Feb 16
Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million 
Feb 17
US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder 
Feb 17
Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax 
Feb 17
USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal 
Feb 18
NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell 
Feb 18
Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways. 
Feb 19
Soyuz TM-26 lands 
Feb 19
US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan 
Feb 20
Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal 
Feb 20
UN Sec-Gen Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations 
Feb 20
US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days) 
Feb 21
Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open 
Feb 22
"King & I," closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances 
Feb 22
18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan 
Feb 23
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM 
Feb 23
Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand 
Feb 23
Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31 
Feb 23
Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders. 
Feb 24
Elton John knighted 
Feb 24
NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics 
Feb 25
Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges 
Feb 25
Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich 
Feb 25
40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist 
Feb 26
Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen 
Feb 26
Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders 
Feb 26
Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09) 
Feb 27
Apple discontinues developing Newton computer 
Feb 27
FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati 
Feb 27
NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges 
Feb 27
Britain's House of Lords agree's to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son 
Feb 27
12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win 
Feb 27
14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins 
Feb 28
"View From the Bridge," closes at Criterion Theater NYC 
Feb 28
Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points 
Feb 28
First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace. 
Feb 28
Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo. 
Mar 1
"Art," opens at Royale Theater NYC 
Mar 1
Australian Ladies Masters Golf 
Mar 2
Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice. 
Mar 3
Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee 
Mar 4
Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex. 
Mar 6
1st time the British flag is flown over Buckingham Palace 
Mar 6
Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Conn state lottery 
Mar 8
The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in "Titanic") with their Founders Award 
Mar 12
"Sound of Music," opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC 
Mar 14
An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran. 
Mar 15
"Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater NYC 
Mar 15
Welch's/Circle K Golf Championship 
Mar 16
Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust. 
Mar 19
"Ah Wilderness!" opens at Vivian Beaumont theater 
Mar 21
Good Friday Agreement signed in Northern Ireland. 
Mar 22
18th Golden Raspberry Awards: The Postman wins 
Mar 23
70th Academy Awards - "Titanic," Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt win 
Mar 24
Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded. 
Mar 24
A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others. 
Mar 26
Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2. 
Mar 29
17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at Kemper Arena KC 
Mar 29
27th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship 
Mar 29
Vasco da Gama Road bridge opens in Lisbon, Portugal as the longest bridge in Europe 
Mar 30
60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Alamodome San Antonio 
Mar 31
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1st game they host Detroit Tigers 
Apr 1
World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Minn 
Apr 2
World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Minn 
Apr 3
World Ice Dance Figure Skating Championship in Minn 
Apr 4
NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season 
Apr 5
10th Seniors Golf Tradition: 
Apr 6
Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India. 
Apr 10
The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish goverments 
Apr 12
62nd Golf Masters Championship: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279 
Apr 12
An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec. 
Apr 19
59th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: 
Apr 20
TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53. 
Apr 20
German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years. 
Apr 22
Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States. 
Apr 22
33rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait wins 
Apr 29
15th Miss Hawaiian Tropic crowned 
May 2
124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20 
May 2
The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy. 
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 6
Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start. 
May 7
Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history. 
May 11
India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device. 
May 13
Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped. 
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 14
Last episode of seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds) 
May 16
124th Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80 
May 17
44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak 
May 17
David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins 
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. 
May 21
Suharto, the Indonesian dictator who had ruled for 32 years, resigns. 
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. 
May 24
Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h) 
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. 
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 5
"The Truman Show", starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris, is released 
Jun 6
130th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Victory Gallop wins in 2:29 
Jun 6
68th French Womens Tennis: 
Jun 7
68th French Mens Tennis: 
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. 
Jun 7
52nd Tony Awards: The Lion King & 'Art' win 
Jun 11
Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition. 
Jun 14
"Comic Relief" benefit comedy show 
Jun 14
World Bowl in Frankfurt Germany 
Jun 14
52nd NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 4 games to 2 
Jun 15
32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus wins 
Jun 21
98th US Golf Open: Lee Janzen shoots a 280 at Olympic Club SF 
Jun 25
In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional. 
Jun 27
Opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. 
Jun 30
Sega Channel, cable's 1st on-demand video game service, closes down 
Jul 4
105th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat (6-4 7-6) 
Jul 5
53rd US Women's Open Golf Championship at Blackwolf Run GC, Kohler WI 
Jul 5
112th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats G Ivanišević (6-7 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-2) 
Jul 6
Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational. 
Jul 7
69th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-8 at Coors Field, Denver 
Jul 10
Roman Catholic sex abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos. 
Jul 12
16th Seniors Players Golf Championship: 
Jul 12
Jamie Farr Kroger Golf Classic 
Jul 12
France beats Brazil 3-0 for soccer's 16th World Cup (1st title) 
Jul 12
Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London 
Jul 14
Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party 
Jul 17
Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died 
Jul 19
127th British Golf Open: Mark O'Meara shoots a 280 at Royal Birkdale 
Jul 19
JAL Big Apple Golf Classic 
Jul 20
Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban. 
Jul 24
Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial. 
Jul 26
19th US Senior Golf Open ends at Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif 
Aug 1
-8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam 
Aug 2
26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton 
Aug 2
30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US) 
Aug 2
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl 
Aug 5
The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC 
Aug 10
The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei. 
Aug 11
Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela 
Aug 14
Winnie Mandela sued by the South Africa government 
Aug 15
Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, killed 29 people and injured about 220 
Aug 16
80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club 
Aug 16
Weetabix Women's British Golf Open 
Aug 17
Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship. 
Aug 19
South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden 
Aug 20
The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval. 
Aug 20
U.S. embassy bombings: the United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack. 
Aug 21
P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 
Aug 24
The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing. 
Aug 24
First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom. 
Aug 28
Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate. 
Aug 30
State Farm Rail Golf Classic 
Aug 31
North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite. 
Sep 2
Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed. 
Sep 2
The UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide. 
Sep 4
Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University 
Sep 7
Jerry Lewis' 33rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises 
Sep 10
15th MTV Awards: Madonna & Will Smith wins 
Sep 11
Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses. 
Sep 11
Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games. 
Sep 13
112th US Womens Tennis 
Sep 13
118th US Mens Tennis 
Sep 13
SAFECO Golf Classic 
Sep 13
50th Emmy Awards: The Practice, Frasier, Andre Braugher & Christine Lahti win 
Sep 14
Week of Fed Cup 
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. 
Sep 20
Solheim Cup 
Sep 23
32nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait wins 
Sep 27
Core States Betsy King Golf Classic 
Sep 27
Google is launched. 
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. 
Oct 8
Oslo Gardermoen airport opening after the close down of Fornebu. 
Oct 11
A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people. 
Oct 14
NY Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak 
Oct 14
Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia. 
Oct 16
Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain 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 18
Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf 
Oct 19
The Earth Liberation Front sets fire to the Vail Mountain ski resort in Vail, Colorado, causing $12 million in damage. 
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 comet/asteroid mission 
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
While en route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight with a crew of 6 and 33 passengers is hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. The plane instead lands in Ankara after the pilot tricked the hijacker into thinking that he was landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia to refuel. 
Oct 29
Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras. 
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 29
ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission. 
Oct 31
Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors. 
Nov 1
Nichirei Golf International 
Nov 1
The European Court of Human Rights is instituted. 
Nov 8
Japan Golf Classic 
Nov 9
Brokerage houses are ordered to pay 1.03 billion USD to cheated NASDAQ investors to compensate for their price-fixing. This is the largest civil settlement in United States history. 
Nov 9
Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences. 
Nov 12
NY Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak 
Nov 12
Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol. 
Nov 16
Monica Lewinsky signs a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with US President Clinton 
Nov 17
Tori Amos release a compilation of her videos, "Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998" 
Nov 17
Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love" 
Nov 17
Mariah Carey releases "#1's" 
Nov 19
Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for $71.5 million USD. 
Nov 19
Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton
Nov 20
A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. 
Nov 20
The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched. 
Nov 22
86th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 26-24 
Nov 23
Agreement between Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his rival, prince Norodom Ranariddh. 
Nov 26
Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament. 
Nov 28
The people of Albania vote for their new Constitution in a referendum. 
Nov 30
Deutsche Bank announces a $10 billion USDdeal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world. 
Dec 1
Exxon announces a $73.7 billion USD deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company. 
Dec 4
The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched. 
Dec 6
JC Penney Golf Classic 
Dec 6
Hugo Chávez Frías, Venezuelan military and politician, is elected President of Venezuela. 
Dec 6
87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1) 
Dec 8
Tadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria. 
Dec 11
Thai Airways Airbus A310-200 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101 
Dec 16
Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq. 
Dec 19
Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate. 
Dec 20
Wendy's Three-Tour Golf Challenge 
Dec 26
Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones. 
Dec 26
Severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power outages in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. 
Dec 29
Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million. 
Dec 31
US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year 
Dec 31
Exchange rates between the euro and legacy currencies in the Eurozone become fixed. 
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