October 1998 calendar

October 1998

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in October 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 October 1998: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1998?


  • 01 Oct 1998 Vladimir Putin becomes a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
  • 02 Oct 1998 Antz, the first feature film made by DreamWorks, is released.
  • 06 Oct 1998 Matthew Shepard is beaten and left to die in a cornfield in Laramie, Wyoming.
  • 07 Oct 1998 The United States Congress passes the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which gives copyright holders 20 more years of copyright privilege on work they control. This effectively freezes the public domain to works created before 1923 in the United States.
  • 08 Oct 1998 The House of Representatives authorizes an impeachment inquiry into President Bill Clinton.
  • 10 Oct 1998 A Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 41 people.
  • 11 Oct 1998 Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail LPGA Tournament
  • 12 Oct 1998 The Congress of the United States passes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • 14 Oct 1998 New York Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
  • 15 Oct 1998 American Airlines becomes the first airline to offer electronic ticketing in all 44 countries it serves.
  • 16 Oct 1998 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.
  • 17 Oct 1998 (to October 18) Severe flooding takes place in south Central Texas.
  • 19 Oct 1998 Travelers Group changes its company name to Citigroup Incorporated.
  • 23 Oct 1998 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a ''land for peace'' agreement.
  • 24 Oct 1998 Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
  • 29 Oct 1998 Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, makes landfall in Honduras.
  • 31 Oct 1998 Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • British writer, England’s poet laureate from 1984, perhaps the most famous contemporary poet in the world until his death of cancer in late...

  • Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1998).

  • American writer, author of "Who Killed Society," and "Proper Bostonians.

  • American white male, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student, the victim of the lowest level of brutal bigotry.

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Music charts

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

  1. - The First Nightyoutube
  2. - One Weekyoutube
  3. - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
  4. - How Deep Is Your Love
  5. - Crush

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - No Matter What
  2. - Rollercoaster
  3. - One For Sorrow
  4. - Perfect 10
  5. - Millennium


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Life of Birds

The Life of Birds

Release year: 1998

Starring: David Attenborough

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

American History X

American History X

Release year: 1998

Directed by: Tony Kaye

Starring: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Country: United States of America



Release year: 1998

Directed by: Martin Koolhoven



Release year: 1998

Directed by: Nicholas J. DeMicco

Show Me Love

Show Me Love

Release year: 1998

Directed by: Lukas Moodysson

Starring: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust


Which were the most popular books released in October 1998?
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Birds Of America by Lorrie Moore

Birds Of America


A New York Times Book of the Year FinalistWinner of the Salon Book AwardA Village Voice Book of the YearBirds of America has been acclaimed

The Reef by Nora Roberts

The Reef


An exciting story by Nora Roberts, #1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author comes to you.

The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian

The Hundred Days


"One of Jane Austen's greatest novelists ....The Hundred Days might be the best .... I give O'Brian's lovers joy of it. "--Philadelphia

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie


Perhaps it was a grandparent or teacher or a friend. For those who are older and more patient, wiser, and can help you navigate the world, they will be able to give you sound advice and help you find your …

Point of Origin by Patricia Cornwell

Point of Origin