1998 events in history

Jan 1 Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence
Jan 4 A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction
Jan 4 Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages
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
Jan 25 During a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demands political reforms and the release of political prisoners while condemning US attempts to isolate the country
Jan 26 Lewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky
Jan 29 In Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing one and severely wounding another. Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph is suspected as the culprit
Feb 1 Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral
Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas, becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984
Feb 3 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
Feb 4 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000
Feb 6 Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport
Feb 10 Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon such a law
Feb 14 An oil tanker train collides with a freight train in Yaoundé, Cameroon, spilling fuel oil. One person scavenging the oil created a massive explosion which kills 120
Feb 16 China Airlines Flight 676 crashes into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan, killing all 196 aboard and seven more on the ground
Feb 20 American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan
Feb 23 In the United States, tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42
Feb 28 Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo
Feb 28 First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace
Mar 1 Titanic became the first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide
Mar 2 Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice
Mar 4 Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex
Mar 24 A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India, killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others
Mar 24 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
Mar 26 Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: Fifty-two people are killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of two
Mar 27 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
Apr 5 In Japan, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge linking Awaji Island with Honshū and costing about $3.8 billion USD, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world
Apr 6 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
Apr 6 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of reaching India
Apr 10 Northern Ireland peace deal reached (Good Friday Agreement)
Apr 12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec
Apr 20 German terrorist group the Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years
Apr 22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States
May 2 The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy
May 4 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty
May 6 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start
May 7 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history
May 11 India conducts three underground atomic tests in Pokhran to include a thermonuclear device
May 12 Four students are shot at Trisakti University, leading to widespread riots and the fall of Suharto
May 13 India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India
May 13 Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese descent are looted and women raped
May 21 President Suharto of Indonesia resigns following the killing of students from Tri Sakti University earlier that week by security forces and growing mass protests in Jakarta against his ongoing corrupt rule
May 21 In Miami, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker
May 22 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
May 23 The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes
May 26 The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York
May 26 The first "National Sorry Day" was held in Australia, and reconciliation events were held nationally, and attended by over a million people