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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 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 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.
- July 17, 1998 – A diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
- August 7, 1998 – The United States embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people.
- August 15, 1998 – Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles
- August 28, 1998 – Pakistan’s National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the “Qur'an and Sunnah” the “supreme law” but the bill is defeated in the Senate.
- 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 4, 1998 – The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 28, 1998 – Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family)
- February 8, 1998 – Šarlote Lēnmane, Latvian singer
- February 25, 1998 – Brendon Baerg, American actor
- March 24, 1998 – Isabel Suckling, British Choirgirl
- May 16, 1998 – Ariel Waller, Canadian actress
- July 1, 1998 – Hollie Steel, English singer
- July 31, 1998 – Rico Rodriguez II, American child actor
- August 1, 1998 – Khamani Griffin, American actor
- August 25, 1998 – China Anne McClain, American actress
- October 18, 1998 – Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress