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1998 Historical Event(s)
- January 25, 1998 – During a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demands the release of political prisoners and political reforms while condemning US attempts to isolate the country.
- January 28, 1998 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 3, 1998 – Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
- March 24, 1998 – Jonesboro massacre: Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden, aged 11 and 13 respectively, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are killed and ten are wounded.
- 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 31, 1998 – North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1, its first satellite.
- October 14, 1998 – Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with six bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
- October 23, 1998 – Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a “land for peace” agreement.
- October 28, 1998 – An Air China jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 1, 1998 – Marlene Lawston, American child actress
- January 28, 1998 – Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family)
- February 25, 1998 – Brendon Baerg, American actor
- April 9, 1998 – Elle Fanning, American actress
- 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 25, 1998 – China Anne McClain, American actress
- October 18, 1998 – Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress