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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1998 – Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
- January 4, 1998 – Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
- January 25, 1998 – A suicide attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on Sri Lanka’s Temple of the Tooth kills 8 people and injures 25 others.
- January 26, 1998 – Lewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
- January 28, 1998 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 28, 1998 – 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.
- May 11, 1998 – India conducts three underground atomic tests in Pokhran to include a thermonuclear device.
- May 30, 1998 – Nuclear Testing: Pakistan conducts an underground test in the Kharan Desert. It is reported to be a plutonium device with yield of 20kt.
- August 7, 1998 – The United States embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people.
- October 17, 1998 – At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 1, 1998 – Marlene Lawston, American child actress
- February 25, 1998 – Brendon Baerg, American actor
- April 9, 1998 – Elle Fanning, American actress
- July 8, 1998 – Jaden Smith, American actor
- July 17, 1998 – Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal
- July 22, 1998 – Madison Pettis, American actress
- July 31, 1998 – Rico Rodriguez II, American child actor
- August 25, 1998 – China Anne McClain, American actress
- October 18, 1998 – Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress
- November 23, 1998 – Bradley Steven Perry, American child actor