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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 16, 1998 – China Airlines Flight 676 crashes into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan, killing all 196 aboard and six more on the ground.
- March 4, 1998 – Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
- May 4, 1998 – A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
- May 7, 1998 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
- June 7, 1998 – James Byrd, Jr. of Texas is killed when white supremacists drag him behind a pickup truck along an asphalt pavement.
- October 29, 1998 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
- December 4, 1998 – The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
- December 8, 1998 – The Australian Cricket Board’s cover-up of Shane Warne and Mark Waugh’s involvement with bookmakers is revealed.
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
- April 24, 1998 – Ryan Newman, American actress
- July 1, 1998 – Hollie Steel, English singer
- July 10, 1998 – Haley Pullos, American actress
- July 17, 1998 – Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal
- August 25, 1998 – China Anne McClain, American actress
- October 18, 1998 – Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress
- December 22, 1998 – G. Hannelius, American child actress