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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 28, 1998 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 14, 1998 – An oil tanker train collides with a freight train in Yaoundé, Cameroon, spilling fuel oil. One person scavenging the oil drops a lit cigarette, creating a massive explosion which kills 120.
- April 22, 1998 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
- May 21, 1998 – In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
- May 23, 1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
- June 25, 1998 – In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.
- August 28, 1998 – 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.
- October 7, 1998 – 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.
- October 29, 1998 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
- November 19, 1998 – Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for US$71.5 million.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 28, 1998 – Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family)
- February 8, 1998 – Šarlote Lēnmane, Latvian singer
- April 24, 1998 – Ryan Newman, American actress
- May 16, 1998 – Ariel Waller, Canadian actress
- June 24, 1998 – Coy Stewart, American actor
- July 8, 1998 – Jaden Smith, American actor
- August 1, 1998 – Khamani Griffin, American actor
- August 25, 1998 – China Anne McClain, American actress
- October 6, 1998 – Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
- December 22, 1998 – G. Hannelius, American child actress