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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1998 – Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
- January 28, 1998 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 3, 1998 – Cavalese cable car disaster: a United States Military pilot causes the death of 20 people when his low-flying plane cuts the cable of a cable-car near Trento, Italy.
- March 24, 1998 – A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
- April 5, 1998 – In Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshū and costing about $3.8 billion USD, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world.
- April 6, 1998 – Travelers Group announces an agreement to undertake the $76 billion merger between Travelers and Citicorp, and the merger is completed on October 8, of that year, forming Citibank.
- May 12, 1998 – Four students are shot at Trisakti University, leading to widespread riots and the fall of Suharto
- May 22, 1998 – 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.
- August 31, 1998 – North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1, its first satellite.
- December 8, 1998 – Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 1, 1998 – Marlene Lawston, American child actress
- January 28, 1998 – Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family)
- February 8, 1998 – Šarlote Lēnmane, Latvian singer
- February 25, 1998 – Brendon Baerg, American actor
- April 24, 1998 – Ryan Newman, American actress
- May 16, 1998 – Ariel Waller, Canadian actress
- July 1, 1998 – Hollie Steel, English singer
- July 17, 1998 – Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal
- July 22, 1998 – Madison Pettis, American actress
- October 6, 1998 – Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer