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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 23, 1998 – Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and “Crusaders”; the latter term is commonly interpreted to refer to the people of Europe and the United States.
- 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.
- June 11, 1998 – Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
- August 20, 1998 – The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.
- October 29, 1998 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
- November 19, 1998 – Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for US$71.5 million.
- December 8, 1998 – The Australian Cricket Board’s cover-up of Shane Warne and Mark Waugh’s involvement with bookmakers is revealed.
Who Were Born On 1998?
- January 1, 1998 – Marlene Lawston, American child actress
- January 28, 1998 – Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family)
- February 8, 1998 – Šarlote Lēnmane, Latvian singer
- February 15, 1998 – Zachary Gordon, American actor
- April 24, 1998 – Ryan Newman, American actress
- July 1, 1998 – Hollie Steel, English singer
- July 8, 1998 – Jaden Smith, American actor
- July 22, 1998 – Madison Pettis, American actress
- November 23, 1998 – Bradley Steven Perry, American child actor
- December 22, 1998 – G. Hannelius, American child actress