1998 in history

1998 events chronologically

Jan 1 Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence
Jan 4 Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages
Jan 4 A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction
Jan 11 Over 100 people are killed in the Sidi-Hamed massacre in Algeria
Jan 12 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning
Jan 17 Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report
Jan 25 A suicide attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth kills eight and injures 25 others

Top 7 most famous people born in 1998

Jan 28 Ariel Winter an American actress, voice actress and singer. She is best known as Alex Dunphy in the TV series Modern Family for which she, along with the rest of the show's cast, won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She also provides the voice of Sofia in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First
Apr 9 Elle Fanning an American teen actress. She is the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning and mainly known for her starring roles in Phoebe in Wonderland, Somewhere, We Bought a Zoo, and as Aurora in 2014's Maleficent. In 2011, Fanning starred in her breakout role as Alice Dainard in J. Abrams' sci-fi-drama blockbuster, Super 8. For this role she received overwhelming critical acclaim and was often cited as one of the film's best aspects. She received nominations for a Saturn Award, a Young Artist Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, a Teen Choice Award, a Scream Award, an MTV Movie Award, and more including a special Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival
Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda an American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology.
Jun 5 Yulia Lipnitskaya a Russian figure skater.
Jul 8 Jaden Smith an American actor and rapper. He is the son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, elder brother of singer Willow Smith and younger half-brother of Trey Smith. His first movie role was in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness, with his father. He has also appeared in the remakes of The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Karate Kid, as well as the 2013 film After Earth - also with his father
Aug 8 Ronan Parke an English singer from Poringland, Norfolk, UK who came runner-up in the fifth series of ITV show Britain's Got Talent, despite being the bookies' favourite to win. After the show it was reported that Ronan had signed a joint record deal with Sony Music. He released his debut album Ronan Parke on 24 October 2011. On 3 May 2012, Parke, Epic records, and Syco ceased working together after the one album
Aug 25 China Anne McClain an American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and dancer. Her father and mother are singers and producers. She has two sisters namely: Sierra and Lauryn, forming the group McClain Sisters. China's career began in 2005 when she was seven years old acting in the movie The Gospel; however, she became nationally known after 2007, when she joined the cast of the series Tyler Perry's House of Payne as Jazmine Payne, and internationally as Chyna Parks, the star of the Disney Channel television series A.N.T. Farm

Top 7 most famous people died in 1998

Feb 8 Enoch Powell an English politician, classical scholar, linguist, and poet. He served as a Conservative Member of Parliament , Ulster Unionist Party MP , and Minister of Health. He attained most prominence in 1968, when he made a controversial speech on immigration, now widely referred to as the "Rivers of Blood" speech. In response, he was dismissed from his position as Shadow Defence Secretary in the Shadow Cabinet of Edward Heath. Thirty years later Heath commented that Powell's remarks on the "economic burden of immigration" had been "not without prescience."
Apr 15 Pol Pot a Cambodian communist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea. As such, he became the leader of Cambodia on 17 April 1975, when his forces captured Phnom Penh. From 1976 to 1979, he also served as the prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea
Apr 19 Octavio Paz a Mexican poet-diplomat and writer. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature
May 14 Frank Sinatra an American singer, actor, and filmmaker. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943. Being the idol of the "bobby soxers", he released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. His professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, but it was reborn in 1953 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity. He signed with Capitol Records in 1953 and released several critically lauded albums. Sinatra left Capitol to found his own record label, Reprise Records in 1961 , toured internationally, was a founding member of the Rat Pack and fraternized with celebrities and statesmen, including John Kennedy
May 29 Barry Goldwater a businessman and five-term United States Senator from Arizona and the Republican Party's nominee for president in the 1964 election. An articulate and charismatic figure during the first half of the 1960s, he was known as "Mr. Conservative"
Jul 21 Alan Shepard an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, flag officer, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and businessman, who in 1961 became the second person and the first American to travel into space. This Mercury flight was designed to enter space, but not to achieve orbit. Ten years later, at age 47 and the oldest astronaut in the program, Shepard commanded the Apollo 14 mission, piloting the lander to the most accurate landing of the Apollo missions. He became the fifth and oldest person to walk on the Moon, and the only astronaut of the Mercury Seven to walk on the Moon. During the mission, he hit two golf balls on the lunar surface
Sep 6 Akira Kurosawa a Japanese filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years