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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 25, 1998 – During a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demands the release of political prisoners and political reforms while condemning US attempts to isolate the country.
- January 28, 1998 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 10, 1998 – Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon such a law.
- 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.
- March 24, 1998 – Jonesboro massacre: Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden, aged 11 and 13 respectively, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are killed and ten are wounded.
- May 30, 1998 – Nuclear Testing: Pakistan conducts an underground test in the Kharan Desert. It is reported to be a plutonium device with yield of 20kt.
- July 5, 1998 – Japan launches a probe to Mars, and thus joins the United States and Russia as a space exploring nation.
- September 18, 1998 – ICANN is formed.
- November 9, 1998 – A US federal judge ordered 37 US brokerage houses to pay 1.03 billion USD to cheated NASDAQ investors to compensate for price-fixing. This is the largest civil settlement in United States history.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 1, 1998 – Marlene Lawston, American child actress
- February 15, 1998 – Zachary Gordon, American actor
- March 24, 1998 – Isabel Suckling, British Choirgirl
- April 24, 1998 – Ryan Newman, American actress
- May 16, 1998 – Ariel Waller, Canadian actress
- July 31, 1998 – Rico Rodriguez II, American child actor
- August 1, 1998 – Khamani Griffin, American actor
- August 19, 1998 – Ella Guevara, Filipino actress
- August 25, 1998 – China Anne McClain, American actress
- November 23, 1998 – Bradley Steven Perry, American child actor