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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 4, 1998 – A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
- 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 4, 1998 – An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
- March 27, 1998 – The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.
- April 6, 1998 – Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of reaching India.
- May 12, 1998 – Four students are shot at Trisakti University, leading to widespread riots and the fall of Suharto
- May 22, 1998 – Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.
- December 4, 1998 – The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
- December 11, 1998 – Thai Airways Flight 261 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101. The pilot flying the Thai Airways Airbus A310-300 is thought to have suffered spatial disorientation.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 1, 1998 – Marlene Lawston, American child actress
- January 12, 1998 – Nathan Gamble, American actor
- January 28, 1998 – Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family)
- February 15, 1998 – Zachary Gordon, American actor
- February 25, 1998 – Brendon Baerg, American actor
- March 24, 1998 – Isabel Suckling, British Choirgirl
- July 22, 1998 – Madison Pettis, American actress
- August 1, 1998 – Khamani Griffin, American actor
- August 19, 1998 – Ella Guevara, Filipino actress
- October 18, 1998 – Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress