May 1998 calendar

May 1998

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1998.
The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1998: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1998?


  • 02 May 1998 The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
  • 03 May 1998 Wins Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 04 May 1998 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Buzz Lightyear attend the re-opening of the Moonliner attraction in Disneyland, California. The original Moonliner was removed in 1966.
  • 06 May 1998 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 fifth career start.
  • 07 May 1998 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  • 08 May 1998 CBS telecasts ''The Wizard of Oz'' for the last time. Beginning in 1999, ''The Wizard of Oz'' will be shown on cable, and in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 it will be telecast by the WB Television Network in addition to its cable showings.
  • 09 May 1998 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by
  • 10 May 1998 Wins Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 11 May 1998 The first euro coins are minted in Pessac, France. Because the final specifications for the coins were not finished in 1998, they will have to be melted and minted again in 1999.
  • 13 May 1998 India carries out two nuclear weapon tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • 14 May 1998 Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)
  • 16 May 1998 First Global Street Party, with events in Czech Republic, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, USA, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, England. Total of 30 Reclaim The Streets events are held in 20 countries, on sections of public roads, by hundreds or thousands of people.
  • 18 May 1998 The US Department of Justice and twenty state attorneys general file a lawsuit against Microsoft, charging the company with violations of the Sherman Act: exclusive dealing and unlawful tying, monopoly maintenance in the operating system market, and attempted monopoly of the browser market.
  • 19 May 1998 The US aircraft Yorktown is located by searchers, three miles below the ocean surface, where she sank on June 7, 1942.
  • 21 May 1998 At Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, Kipland Kinkel (who was suspended for bringing a gun to school) shoots a semi-automatic rifle into a room filled with students, killing two and wounding 25 others, after killing his parents at home.
  • 22 May 1998 DisneyQuest opens at Downtown Disney West Side in Walt Disney World in Florida. It provides five stories of high-tech attractions, including Explore Zone, Create Zone, and Replay Zone.
  • 24 May 1998 Indianapolis 500 race
  • 26 May 1998 Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs. President Clinton
  • 27 May 1998 Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
  • 28 May 1998 Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own codenamed Chagai-I, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions. Pakistan celebrates Youm-e-Takbir annually.
  • 29 May 1998 US President Bill Clinton signs Public Law 105-176 authorizing the US Mint to move certain emblems from the reverse to the obverse of coins, to leave more room for State quarter dollar designs.
  • 30 May 1998 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
  • 31 May 1998 Wins Wegmans Rochester Golf International
  • 06 May 1998 Steve Jobs of Apple Inc. unveils the first iMac.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1998?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Too Closeyoutube
  2. - My Allyoutube
  3. - You're Still The One
  4. - Let's Ride
  5. - I Get Lonely

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - It's Like That
  2. - Under The Bridge / Lady Marmalade
  3. - My Heart Will Go Onyoutube
  4. - Feel It
  5. - Truly Madly Deeplyyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1998?

Cities Of The Plain by Cormac McCarthy

Cities Of The Plain


The National Book Award-winning author, All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing, has created a stunning new novel that is a beautiful elegy about the American frontier. The

You Belong to Me by Mary Higgins Clark

You Belong to Me


"The mistress of tension" (The New Yorker), Mary Higgins Clark is back with another New York Times bestseller. USA TODAY called it "her page-turning favorite". It's about a murderer who targets lonely cruise ship women. This novel combines classic mystery …

A Widow For One Year by John Irving

A Widow For One Year


Ruth Cole is complex and often contradictory, making her a "difficult woman." Although she is not "nice", she is still a complex, self-contradictory character. What was it like to be Ruth?

Consilience by Edward O. Wilson



It is an incredible intellectual adventure. This groundbreaking book by Edward O. Wilson, an American biologist and one of the most respected living scientists in the world, advocates for the fundamental unity of

The Long Road Home by Danielle Steel

The Long Road Home


From Danielle Steel, best-selling author, takes us on a terrifying journey into America's hidden shame. This novel explores forgiveness, the dark side childhood and one woman's unbreakable spirit.