1998 in History – What happened in year 1998

In history, year 1998 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1998.

Know what happened in 1998:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 FebruaryA United States Air Force EA-6B Prowler inadvertently severed a cable supporting a gondola of an aerial tramway in Cavalese, Italy, sending 20 people plummeting to their deaths.
04 September Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in Menlo Park,California, to promote the web search engine that they developed asStanford University students.
08 OctoberGardermoen Airport, the main domestic hub and internationalairport for Norway, opened as Oslo Airport, Fornebu, closed.
12 MayFour students were shot and killed at Trisakti University inIndonesia, leading to widespread riots and eventually the fall ofSuharto.
17 AugustU.S. President Bill Clinton admitted in taped testimony that hehad an 'improper physical relationship' with White House intern MonicaLewinsky.
20 FebruaryAt the age of 15, American figure skater Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold medal winner in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.
26 January In a nationally televised press conference, US President Bill Clinton denied having 'sexual relations' with intern Monica Lewinsky.
27 March The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug sildenafil, better known by the trade name Viagra, for use as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.
29 OctoberHurricane Mitch made landfall, whereupon it dropped up to1,900 mm (75 in) of rain, causing flooding that killed over 11,000people in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
31 AugustNorth Korea claimed to have successfully launchedKwangmyongsong-1, its first satellite, although no objects were evertracked in orbit from the launch.
31 DecemberThe European Exchange Rate Mechanism froze the values of thelegacy currencies in the Eurozone and established the value of the eurocurrency.
19 DecemberThe U.S. House of Representatives impeached President BillClinton following the Lewinsky scandal.
09 NovemberWith the passing of the Human Rights Act, the United Kingdomabolished capital punishment for all criminal offences.
21 NovemberPolish troops and civilians began a three-day pogrom againstJews and Ukrainian Christians in Lwów (now Lviv, Ukraine).
06 OctoberUniversity of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was attacked andfatally wounded for being gay near Laramie, Wyoming, US, dying six dayslater.
29 OctoberThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented its report onApartheid in South Africa, condemning both the Apartheid Government andthe African National Congress for committing atrocities.
02 SeptemberSwissair Flight 111, en route from New York City to Geneva,crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 229 people on board.
07 AugustCar bombs exploded simultaneously at the American embassies inthe East African capital cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi,Kenya, killing more than 200 people and injuring more than 4,500 others.
31 AugustNorth Korea claimed to have successfully launchedKwangmyongsong-1, its first satellite, although no objects were evertracked in orbit from the launch.
07 JuneThree white supremacists murdered African American James Byrd,Jr., by chaining him behind a pick-up truck and dragging him along anasphalt road in Jasper, Texas.
22 AprilDisney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort inFlorida opened, covering more than 500 acres (2 km2), making it thelargest single Disney theme park in the world.
05 AprilJapan's Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (pictured), linking Awaji Islandand Kobe, opened to traffic, becoming the longest suspension bridge in the world to date with a main span length of 1,991 metres (6,532 ft).
08 OctoberGardermoen Airport, the main domestic hub and internationalairport for Norway, began operating as Oslo Airport, Fornebu, closed.
15 AugustA car bomb attack carried out by the Real Irish Republican Armykilled 29 people and injured approximately 220 others in Omagh, NorthernIreland.
18 SeptemberThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN), a nonprofit organization that manages the assignment of domainnames and IP addresses in the Internet, was established.
19 DecemberThe U.S. House of Representatives impeached President BillClinton following the Lewinsky scandal.
20 February At the age of 15, American figure skater Tara Lipinski becamethe youngest gold medal winner in the history of the Winter OlympicGames.
21 MayIndonesian President Suharto resigned as a result of thecollapse of support for his three-decade-long reign.
30 MayA 6.9 Mw earthquake struck northern Afghanistan, killing atleast 4,000 people, destroying more than 30 villages, and leaving 45,000people homeless in the Afghan provinces of Takhar and Badakhshan.
01 NovemberThe European Court of Human Rights was instituted as apermanent court with full-time judges to monitor compliance by thesignatory parties of the European Convention on Human Rights.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1998:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 March Jayson Tatum / Basketball Player / United States of America
05 JuneYulia Lipnitskaya / Figure Skater / Russia
07 OctoberTrent Alexander-Arnold / Footballer / United Kingdom
07 JuneGraham Newberry / Figure Skater / United Kingdom
09 DecemberBJ / Actor / Philippines
12 NovemberFanny Stollár / Tennis Player / Hungary
16 DecemberMira Antonitsch / Tennis Player / Austria
17 January Jeff Reine-Adelaide / Footballer / France
17 DecemberMartin Ødegaard / Footballer / Norway
20 MayJamie Chadwick / Racing Car Driver / United Kingdom
20 MayNam Nguyen / Figure Skater / Canada
22 DecemberG Hannelius / Actress / United States of America
26 March Satoko Miyahara / Figure Skater / Japan
27 SeptemberIoana Mincă / Tennis Player / Romania
28 January Ariel Winter / Actress / United States of America
29 NovemberAyumu Hirano / Snowboarder / Japan
29 OctoberLance Stroll / Racing Car Driver / Canada
30 JuneTom Davies / Footballer / United Kingdom
31 March Jakob Chychrun / Ice Hockey Player / United States of America
31 March Oskar Buur / Footballer / Denmark

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1998:

YearName / Profession / Country
14 MayTaruni Sachdev / Actor / India

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