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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1998 – Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
- January 14, 1998 – An Afghan cargo plane crashes into a mountain in southwest Pakistan killing more than 50 people.
- 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.
- 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.
- May 6, 1998 – 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 28, 1998 – Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own codenamed Chagai-I, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions. Pakistan celebrates Youm-e-Takbir annually.
- July 5, 1998 – Japan launches a probe to Mars, and thus joins the United States and Russia as a space exploring nation.
- August 10, 1998 – HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah is proclaimed the crown prince of Brunei with a Royal Proclamation.
- December 16, 1998 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox – The United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 1, 1998 – Marlene Lawston, American child actress
- January 12, 1998 – Nathan Gamble, American actor
- February 15, 1998 – Zachary Gordon, American actor
- March 24, 1998 – Isabel Suckling, British Choirgirl
- April 9, 1998 – Elle Fanning, American actress
- July 8, 1998 – Jaden Smith, American actor
- July 24, 1998 – Bindi Irwin, Australian entertainer
- October 6, 1998 – Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
- October 18, 1998 – Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress
- December 22, 1998 – G. Hannelius, American child actress