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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 28, 1998 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 1, 1998 – Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
- February 3, 1998 – Cavalese cable car disaster: a United States Military pilot causes the death of 20 people when his low-flying plane cuts the cable of a cable-car near Trento, Italy.
- 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.
- March 2, 1998 – Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
- April 6, 1998 – Travelers Group announces an agreement to undertake the $76 billion merger between Travelers and Citicorp, and the merger is completed on October 8, of that year, forming Citibank.
- June 3, 1998 – Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths.
- July 6, 1998 – Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.
- August 15, 1998 – Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles
- November 20, 1998 – A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden “a man without a sin” in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 1, 1998 – Marlene Lawston, American child actress
- January 12, 1998 – Nathan Gamble, American actor
- February 15, 1998 – Zachary Gordon, American actor
- March 24, 1998 – Isabel Suckling, British Choirgirl
- May 16, 1998 – Ariel Waller, Canadian actress
- July 10, 1998 – Haley Pullos, American actress
- July 31, 1998 – Rico Rodriguez II, American child actor
- August 1, 1998 – Khamani Griffin, American actor
- October 6, 1998 – Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
- October 18, 1998 – Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress