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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 4, 1998 – Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
- 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.
- 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.
- May 7, 1998 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
- May 27, 1998 – Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
- August 10, 1998 – HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah is proclaimed the crown prince of Brunei with a Royal Proclamation.
- 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 17, 1998 – At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
- 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 28, 1998 – Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family)
- February 8, 1998 – Šarlote Lēnmane, Latvian singer
- February 15, 1998 – Zachary Gordon, American actor
- March 24, 1998 – Isabel Suckling, British Choirgirl
- May 16, 1998 – Ariel Waller, Canadian actress
- June 24, 1998 – Coy Stewart, American actor
- July 8, 1998 – Jaden Smith, American actor
- October 6, 1998 – Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
- October 18, 1998 – Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress
- November 23, 1998 – Bradley Steven Perry, American child actor