1998

Near the end of the 20th Century, the world began to look toward a new millennium. Before the world was ready to move on, though, the events of 1998 gave the world an opportunity to reflect on the past century.

1998

In film, 1998 was dominated by two movies, each of which gave audiences a taste of major historical events of the 20th Century. The first of these films, Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, was actually released late in 1997, but would shatter box office records in 1998. It was the first film in history to gross over one billion USD. Another film, Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, was a World War II epic drama that shocked the world with its graphic and harshly realistic portrayal of combat. The film was a major success and would go on to inspire a renewed interest in World War II history and also a renewed sense of respect for the sacrifices of the “Greatest Generation.”

Tensions between the United States, Great Britain, and Iraq continued throughout the 1990’s after the end of the first Gulf War. In December of 1998, the United States and the United Kingdom engaged in a brief aerial bombing campaign of Iraq called Operation Desert Fox. The U.S. and Britain accused Iraq of failing to cooperate with weapons inspectors, and their four-day bombing campaign caused serious damage to Iraqi infrastructure, aimed at degrading Iraq’s weapon of mass destruction capabilities. The bombing certainly threw Iraqi forces off balance, but the operation incurred some serious criticism within the West.

Some experts wondered if the operation was enough to accomplish its aims and others accused President Bill Clinton of using the operation to distract America from his impeachment. The Drudge Report broke news of Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky in January of 1998 and the scandal lasted throughout the year, eventually resulting in the House of Representatives bringing forward articles of impeachment for Clinton to the Senate in December. Clinton was the second American president to be impeached in U.S. history, with Andrew Johnson being the first.

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Movies

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Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Country: United States of America

American History X

American History X

Directed by: Tony Kaye

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

Country: United States of America

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

Country: United States of America

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Country: United States of America

The Truman Show

The Truman Show

Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Country: United States of America

Books

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

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A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.Speaking

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Cold Mountain

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In 1997, Charles Frazier’s debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing history when it sailed to the top of The New York Times best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to …

We Are Our Mothers' Daughters by Cokie Roberts

We Are Our Mothers' Daughters

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In this revised and expanded tenth-anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller, renowned political commentator Cokie Roberts once again examines the nature of women's roles through the revealing lens

Talking to Heaven by James Van Praagh

Talking to Heaven

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Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death

The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

The Street Lawyer

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Michael Brock is billing the hours, making the money, rushing relentlessly to the top of Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm. One step away from partnership, Michael has it all.

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1998 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. Jacob
  3. Matthew
  4. Joshua
  5. Christopher
  6. Nicholas
  7. Brandon
  8. Tyler
  9. Andrew
  10. Austin
Top #10 female names
  1. Emily
  2. Hannah
  3. Samantha
  4. Sarah
  5. Ashley
  6. Alexis
  7. Taylor
  8. Jessica
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1998?


Events

  • 01 Jan All California bars, clubs and card rooms must be smoke-free
  • 02 Jan Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates and cocaine
  • 03 Jan Side Show, closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • 04 Jan Funny Thing Happened, closes at St. James NYC after 715 performances
  • 05 Jan Ice storm knocks out electricity in QuTbec and Ontario, Canada.
  • 06 Jan Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 08 Jan Roseanne files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas
  • 09 Jan Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever
  • 10 Jan 18th United Negro College Fund raises (rebroadcasted Jan 17th)
  • 11 Jan Proposals, closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • 12 Jan Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • 13 Jan Patti LaBelle On Broadway, opens at St. James Theater, New York City
  • 14 Jan 100th episode of Ellen, airs
  • 15 Jan NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
  • 16 Jan NASA announces that John Glenn, age 76, will return to space when the Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off in October.
  • 17 Jan President Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones
  • 18 Jan Ragtime, opens at Ford Theater, New York City
  • 20 Jan Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tuesday night programming
  • 21 Jan Pope John Paul II visits Cuba.
  • 22 Jan STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
  • 23 Jan Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba.
  • 25 Jan Patti LaBelle On Broadway, closes at St. James Theater, New York City
  • 26 Jan President Clinton says I want to say one thing to the American people I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky
  • 27 Jan WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics and Detroit Shock.
  • 28 Jan Michelangelo, Christ & the Woman of Samaria, sold for $7.4 million
  • 29 Jan Capeman, opens at Marquis Theater, New York City
  • 30 Jan Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
  • 31 Jan STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands
  • 01 Feb Street Corner Symphony, closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances
  • 02 Feb Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • 03 Feb Britain issues a set of Princess Diana stamps
  • 04 Feb An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
  • 05 Feb Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • 06 Feb Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
  • 07 Feb 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano Japan
  • 08 Feb NHL stops season until February 24th to accommodate the Olympics.
  • 09 Feb 6th annual ESPY Awards
  • 10 Feb Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • 11 Feb Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500.
  • 12 Feb Freak, opens at Cort Theater, New York City
  • 14 Feb An oil tanker train collides with a freight train in Yaounde, Cameroon, spilling fuel oil. One person scavenging the oil drops a lit cigarette, creating a massive explosion which kills 120.
  • 15 Feb Daytona 500 race
  • 16 Feb Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million.
  • 17 Feb Diane Zamora, 20, Naval Academy cadet convicted of capital murder
  • 18 Feb Robert Merrill, songwriter ("Funny Girl"), commits suicide at age 76.
  • 19 Feb Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • 20 Feb UN Secretary General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
  • 21 Feb Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • 22 Feb King & I, closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances
  • 23 Feb Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • 24 Feb Elton John knighted
  • 25 Feb 40th Grammy Awards
  • 26 Feb Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4 minutes 9 seconds).
  • 27 Feb 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards
  • 28 Feb View From the Bridge, closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 01 Mar Art, opens at Royale Theater, New York City
  • 02 Mar Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
  • 03 Mar Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee
  • 04 Mar 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.
  • 05 Mar Mariah Carey divorces Tommy Lee Jones
  • 06 Mar Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills four at Connecticut state lottery.
  • 07 Mar The Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan is fined for burning a cross in his garden and infringing air regulations in California.
  • 10 Mar 4th Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
  • 12 Mar Sound of Music, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 13 Mar The High-Z Supernova Search Team becomes the first team to publish evidence that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.
  • 15 Mar Cabaret, opens at Club Expo Theater, New York City
  • 19 Mar Ah Wilderness!, opens at Vivian Beaumont theater
  • 22 Mar 18th Golden Raspberry Awards
  • 23 Mar 70th Academy Awards: Titanic wins 11 Oscars, Jack Nicholson best actor, Helen Hunt best actress.
  • 24 Mar 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.
  • 26 Mar Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people are killed with axes and knives; 32 of the killed are babies under the age of 2.
  • 27 Mar Soul Train Award
  • 29 Mar A series of tornadoes in southern Minnesota kills three people.
  • 31 Mar Tampa Bay Devil Rays' first game; they host Detroit Tigers.
  • 01 Apr World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Russians Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze win.
  • 02 Apr World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Russian Alexei Yagudin wins.
  • 03 Apr World Ice Dance Figure Skating Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Russians Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsyannikov win.
  • 04 Apr NFL Europe (formerly WLAF), kicks off season.
  • 05 Apr 10th Seniors Golf Tradition
  • 06 Apr Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of reaching India.
  • 07 Apr Citicorp and Travelers Group announce plans to merge, creating the largest financial-services conglomerate in the world, Citigroup.
  • 08 Apr A Force 5 tornado strikes the western portion of the Birmingham, Alabama area, killing 32.
  • 12 Apr 62nd Golf Masters Championship: Mark O'Meara wins.
  • 15 Apr Intel announces the 266 MHz Celeron processor with 32 kB Level 1 cache. The Celeron is a Pentium II processor with no secondary cache, making it cheaper and slightly less powerful, targeting home computer users.
  • 16 Apr A Force 3 tornado passes through downtown Nashville, Tennessee - the first tornado in 11 years to directly hit a major city. An F5 tornado travels through rural portions south of Nashville.
  • 18 Apr The Walt Disney Company launches the Toon Disney cable television network in the USA.
  • 19 Apr 59th PGA Seniors Golf Championship
  • 20 Apr German terrorist group the Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
  • 22 Apr Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 23 Apr The Yugoslav Army ambushes a group of Kosovo Liberation Army fighters attempting to smuggle weapons from Albania into Kosovo, killing 19.
  • 26 Apr Wins Chick-fil-A Golf Charity Championship
  • 29 Apr 15th Miss Hawaiian Tropic crowned
  • 02 May The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
  • 03 May Wins Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 04 May 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 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.
  • 07 May Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  • 08 May 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 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by
  • 10 May Wins Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 11 May 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 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.
  • 14 May Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)
  • 16 May 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 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 The US aircraft Yorktown is located by searchers, three miles below the ocean surface, where she sank on June 7, 1942.
  • 21 May 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 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 Indianapolis 500 race
  • 26 May Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs. President Clinton
  • 27 May 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 Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
  • 29 May 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 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
  • 31 May Wins Wegmans Rochester Golf International
  • 02 Jun California voters approve Proposition 227, abolishing the state's bilingual education program.
  • 03 Jun Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths.
  • 04 Jun Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 05 Jun A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).
  • 06 Jun 130th Belmont
  • 07 Jun 68th French Mens Tennis
  • 11 Jun Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
  • 12 Jun A jury in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, convicts 17-year-old Luke Woodham of killing two students and wounding 7 others at Pearl High School.
  • 13 Jun In Portales, New Mexico, USA a meteorite penetrates a barn roof.
  • 14 Jun Comic Relief benefit comedy show
  • 15 Jun 32nd TNN Music City News Country Awards
  • 19 Jun Disney releases the Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film Mulan to theaters in the USA.
  • 21 Jun 98th US Golf Open: at Olympic Club San Francisco
  • 23 Jun Paul Reitsma resigns his seat in the British Columbia legislature; the first elected politician in the British Commonwealth to be removed from office by legally-binding petition.
  • 25 Jun Microsoft releases the Windows 98 operting system. It features integrated Internet Explorer 4.0 Web browser, and Universal Serial Bus support. Code-name during development was Memphis. Total sales on the first day are 271,000 units.
  • 28 Jun Wins ShopRite LPGA Classic
  • 30 Jun Philippine Vice President Joseph Estrada was sworn in as the 13th President of the Philippines.
  • 02 Jul J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is published.
  • 05 Jul Japan launches a probe to Mars, and thus joins the United States and Russia as a space exploring nation.
  • 06 Jul Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.
  • 07 Jul 69th All Star Baseball Game: at Coors Field, Denver
  • 10 Jul The DNA-identified remains of United States Air Force 1st Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie arrive home to his family in St. Louis, Missouri, after being in the Tomb of the Unknowns since 1984.
  • 12 Jul 16th Seniors Players Golf Championship
  • 17 Jul Russia buries tsar Nicholas II and family, 80 years after they died
  • 19 Jul 127th British Golf Open: at Royal Birkdale
  • 20 Jul Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Doctors Without Borders and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban.
  • 24 Jul Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
  • 25 Jul The United States Navy commissions the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and puts her into service.
  • 26 Jul 19th US Senior Golf Open ends at Riviera Country Club - Pacific Palisades, California
  • 30 Jul The Disney Cruise Line launches its first cruise ship, the Disney Magic, from Port Canaveral, Florida.
  • 02 Aug 26th du Maurier Golf Classic
  • 04 Aug Rebel forces revolt against President Laurent Kabila's government in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, starting the Second Congo War; 3,900,000 people are killed before it ends in 2003, making it the bloodiest war, to date, since World War II. Accusations of Rwanda backing them up have been made with Rwanda denying it. (BBC)
  • 05 Aug The United States tells the Democratic Republic of the Congo's neighbours to not get involved with the rebellion in the east of the country. (BBC)
  • 07 Aug 1998 U.S. embassy bombings: The bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, kill 224 people and injure over 4,500; they are linked to terrorist Osama bin Laden, an exile of Saudi Arabia.
  • 09 Aug Star Bank LPGA Classic
  • 10 Aug HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah is proclaimed the crown prince of Brunei with a Royal Proclamation.
  • 14 Aug Gary C. Evans, infamous in New York's Capital Region for killing five people, escapes police custody and kills himself by jumping off a bridge.
  • 15 Aug The Omagh bombing is carried out in Northern Ireland by the Real IRA.
  • 16 Aug 80th PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club - Seattle, Washington
  • 17 Aug Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an ''improper physical relationship'' with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he ''misled people'' about the relationship.
  • 19 Aug On the day of his 52nd birthday, U.S. President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He also admits before the nation that night in a nationally televised address that he "misled people" about his sexual affair with Lewinsky.
  • 20 Aug The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
  • 23 Aug Minnesota LPGA Classic
  • 24 Aug E.G. Marshall, American actor (The Defenders, Nixon, Absolute Power), dies at age 88 (born 1910).
  • 26 Aug Computer virus CIH activates and attacks Windows 9x.
  • 28 Aug Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the ''Qur'an and Sunnah'' the ''supreme law'' but the bill is defeated in the Senate.
  • 30 Aug State Farm Rail Golf Classic
  • 01 Sep Second Congo War:: The Democratic Republic of the Congo says that the rebels are surrounded by forces loyal to President Laurent Kabila in the west. (BBC)The rebels gain control over Goma, Kabila's home area. (BBC)
  • 02 Sep A McDonnell Douglas MD-11 airliner carrying Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, after taking off from New York City en-route to Geneva. All 229 people on board are killed.
  • 04 Sep Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University in California, found Google.
  • 05 Sep The Government of North Korea adopts a military dictatorship on its 50th anniversary.
  • 06 Sep Safeway LPGA Golf Championship
  • 07 Sep Google, Inc. is founded, in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
  • 09 Sep Kenneth Starr submits his report and 18 boxes of supporting documents to the House of Representatives, outlining a case for impeaching Clinton on 11 grounds.
  • 12 Sep Bosnian general election, 1998: Votes in Bosnia and Herzegovina go to the polls for a general election.
  • 13 Sep 112th US Womens Tennis
  • 14 Sep At the end of the day's stock market trading Microsoft stands as America's most valuable company, at US$261.1 billion. Microsoft and General Electric were both valued at over US$300 billion in July, but Microsoft survived a stock market plunge better, putting it on top.
  • 15 Sep With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business.
  • 18 Sep ICANN is formed.
  • 24 Sep The Federal Reserve releases to circulation Series 1996 $20 notes with new designs.
  • 25 Sep (to September 28) Major creditors of Long-Term Capital Management, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund, after days of tough bargaining and some informal mediation by Federal Reserve officials, agree on terms of a re-capitalization.
  • 27 Sep Core States Betsy King Golf Classic
  • 29 Sep The U.S. Congress passes the "Iraq Liberation Act", which states that the United States wants to remove Saddam Hussein from power and replace the government with a democratic institution.
  • 01 Oct Vladimir Putin becomes a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
  • 02 Oct Antz, the first feature film made by DreamWorks, is released.
  • 06 Oct Matthew Shepard is beaten and left to die in a cornfield in Laramie, Wyoming.
  • 07 Oct 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 The House of Representatives authorizes an impeachment inquiry into President Bill Clinton.
  • 10 Oct A Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 41 people.
  • 11 Oct Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail LPGA Tournament
  • 12 Oct The Congress of the United States passes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • 14 Oct New York Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
  • 15 Oct American Airlines becomes the first airline to offer electronic ticketing in all 44 countries it serves.
  • 16 Oct Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.
  • 17 Oct (to October 18) Severe flooding takes place in south Central Texas.
  • 19 Oct Travelers Group changes its company name to Citigroup Incorporated.
  • 23 Oct Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a ''land for peace'' agreement.
  • 24 Oct Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
  • 29 Oct Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, makes landfall in Honduras.
  • 31 Oct Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
  • 01 Nov Nichirei Golf International
  • 03 Nov Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler, is elected Governor of Minnesota.
  • 05 Nov Myra Hindley loses her second appeal in 11 months against her whole life tariff.
  • 08 Nov Japan Golf Classic
  • 09 Nov In the largest civil settlement in United States history, a federal judge approves a US$1.03 billion settlement requiring dozens of brokerage houses (including Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Smith Barney) to pay investors who claim they were cheated in a wide-spread price-fixing scheme on the NASDAQ.
  • 12 Nov New York Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak
  • 13 Nov Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq, then calls them off at the last minute when Iraq promises once again to "unconditionally" cooperate with UNSCOM.
  • 16 Nov Sesame Workshop (back then known as ) launches Elmo's World, the most famous Sesame Street segment, lasting from the late 90' to Sesame Street's 40th anniversary (69-09) and the 10th anniversary of the segment itself (99-09).
  • 17 Nov Voyager 1 overtakes Pioneer 10 as the most distant man-made object from the Solar System, at a distance of 69.419 AU (1.0384910 km).
  • 19 Nov Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for $71.5 million USD.
  • 20 Nov A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden ''a man without a sin'' in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • 21 Nov Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • 22 Nov ITT LPGA Tour Championship
  • 23 Nov Nintendo releases the Game Boy Color handheld video game system in the USA. Price is US$79.95.
  • 24 Nov Second Congo War: Reports from the Republic of the Congo say that twelve people drowned in a Congolese river when a marine patrol boat tried to intercept a canoe in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. River traffic was suspended between the two countries for security reasons after the Second Congo War began. (BBC)
  • 28 Nov Floods devastate Bangladesh's rice fields. (CNN)
  • 30 Nov Exxon and Mobil sign a $73.7 billion USD agreement to merge, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company.
  • 04 Dec The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
  • 05 Dec D.C. United defeats Vasco da Gama 2–1 on aggregate to win the Interamerican Cup.
  • 06 Dec JC Penney Golf Classic
  • 08 Dec Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
  • 11 Dec The House Judiciary Committee approves three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.
  • 14 Dec The Yugoslav Army ambushes a column of 140 Kosovo Liberation Army militants attempting to smuggle arms from Albania into Kosovo, killing 36.
  • 16 Dec Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
  • 19 Dec The US House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice.
  • 21 Dec Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council members France, Germany and Russia call for sanctions to end against Iraq. The 3 Security Council members also call for UNSCOM to either be disbanded or for its role to be recast. The U.S. says it will veto any such proposal.
  • 26 Dec Six sailors die and 5 yachts are lost in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, the biggest disaster in the race's history
  • 29 Dec Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives.
  • 31 Dec US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year