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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 14, 1998 – An Afghan cargo plane crashes into a mountain in southwest Pakistan killing more than 50 people.
- 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.
- April 5, 1998 – In Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshū and costing about $3.8 billion USD, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world.
- May 2, 1998 – The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union’s monetary policy.
- June 4, 1998 – Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
- August 7, 1998 – The United States embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people.
- November 19, 1998 – Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.
- November 20, 1998 – The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched.
- December 26, 1998 – Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 28, 1998 – Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family)
- February 8, 1998 – Šarlote Lēnmane, Latvian singer
- May 16, 1998 – Ariel Waller, Canadian actress
- July 17, 1998 – Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal
- July 24, 1998 – Bindi Irwin, Australian entertainer
- August 1, 1998 – Khamani Griffin, American actor
- August 19, 1998 – Ella Guevara, Filipino actress
- October 6, 1998 – Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
- November 23, 1998 – Bradley Steven Perry, American child actor
- December 22, 1998 – G. Hannelius, American child actress