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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 11, 1998 – Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed.
- January 28, 1998 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 23, 1998 – Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and “Crusaders”; the latter term is commonly interpreted to refer to the people of Europe and the United States.
- 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.
- July 6, 1998 – Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.
- August 20, 1998 – The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.
- August 31, 1998 – North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1, its first satellite.
- September 18, 1998 – ICANN is formed.
- October 29, 1998 – ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.
- December 22, 1998 – Hurricane Quinto strikes the Cayman Islands, knocking out power to the entire island for 2 days. Looting is rampant, but contained after 12 hours.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 1, 1998 – Marlene Lawston, American child actress
- February 8, 1998 – Šarlote Lēnmane, Latvian singer
- February 15, 1998 – Zachary Gordon, American actor
- June 24, 1998 – Coy Stewart, American actor
- July 1, 1998 – Hollie Steel, English singer
- July 17, 1998 – Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal
- 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