1998: On This Year


1998 (MCMXCVIII in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1998th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1998 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1998 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1998, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1998, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1998, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1998, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1998.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1998 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1998 known for ?

  • 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.
  • 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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1998: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1998, during the 71st Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 21/03/1999 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 1998:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1998?

Shakespeare in Love
The Oscar for Best Movie went to Shakespeare in Love, directed by John Madden, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1998?

Saving Private Ryan
The Oscar for Best Director went to Steven Spielberg, for the movie Saving Private Ryan , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1998?

Life Is Beautiful
The Oscar for Best Actor went to Roberto Benigni, for the movie Life Is Beautiful, starring Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1998?

Shakespeare in Love
The Oscar for Best Actress went to Gwyneth Paltrow, for the movie Shakespeare in Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1998?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to James Coburn, for the movie Affliction, starring Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, Brigid Tierney produced in the .

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1998?

Shakespeare in Love
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Judi Dench, for the movie Shakespeare in Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson produced in the United States of America.
world population

1998: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Bill Clinton
In 1998, Bill Clinton was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. As President of the United States, Clinton was impeached in 1998 following the Lewinsky scandal. The Senate acquitted him of the charges.

1998: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1998 were:

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha


This is the story of a literary sensation and a runaway bestseller.

Message In A Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Message In A Bottle


Theresa Osborne, a divorcee and disillusioned in her relationships, is out jogging when she spots a bottle at the beach. The bottle contains a love letter and longing letter to Catherine, signed simply by Garrett.

Talking to Heaven by James Van Praagh

Talking to Heaven


Talking to Heaven: A medium's message of life after death

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


In the early morning hours of May 2, 1981, shots rang out from Savannah's grandest mansion. Is it murder? Or self-defense? The shooting and its aftermath were heard throughout the hauntingly beautiful city of shaded squares and moss-hung oaks for …

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes


Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt's bestselling memoir about his childhood in Ireland, is a Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Tiger chinese zodiac sign

1998: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1998?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1998 was the Year of the Tiger.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Tiger sign.

Nobel Prize

1998: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • John Hume

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Robert B. Laughlin
  • Horst Ludwig Störmer
  • Daniel C. Tsui

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Amartya Sen

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Louis Ignarro

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Walter Kohn

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • John Pople

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Robert F. Furchgott

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • José Saramago

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Ferid Murad

1998: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • David Trimble
world population

1998: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1998 were Michael, Jacob and Matthew for boys and Emily, Hannah and Samantha for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1998: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1998 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Michael
  • Jacob
  • Matthew
  • Joshua
  • Christopher
  • Nicholas
  • Brandon
  • Tyler
  • Andrew
  • Austin

1998: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1998 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Emily
  • Hannah
  • Samantha
  • Sarah
  • Ashley
  • Alexis
  • Taylor
  • Jessica
  • Madison
  • Elizabeth

vinyl songs

1998: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1998, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden

1998: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1998 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
  2. Too Close by Next
  3. You're Still The One by Shania Twain
  4. The Boy Is Mine by Brandy & Monica
  5. Crush by Jennifer Paige
  6. My Way by Usher
  7. The First Night by Monica
  8. Nice & Slow by Usher
  9. Adia by Sarah McLachlan
  10. All My Life by K-Ci & JoJo

1998: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1998, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

1998: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1998 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
  2. Believe by Cher
  3. Heartbeat / Tragedy by Steps
  4. C'est La Vie by B*Witched
  5. Never Ever by All Saints
  6. It's Like That by Run-DMC vs Jason Nevins
  7. Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) by Pras Michel featuring ODB & Mya
  8. No Matter What by Boyzone
  9. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
  10. Frozen by Madonna

1998: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1998 were:

The Life of Birds

The Life of Birds

Release year: 1998

Starring: David Attenborough

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Release year: 1998

Written by:

Directed by: Hirokazu Yamada

Starring: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Kevin Seymour, Steve Blum

Country: Japan

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

Release year: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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

Country: United States of America

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

Any Day Now

Any Day Now

Release year: 1998

Directed by: Travis Fine

world population

1998: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1998 was 5,984,793,942 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 46.0% of the total population, which is roughly 2.8 billion individuals.The annual population change in 1998 was an increase of +79.7 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.35% over the previous year.The average population density in 1998 was 25 persons per square mile (or 40 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 1998?

Here's what happened in 1998:

  • Jan 1, 1998: All California bars, clubs and card rooms must be smoke-free
  • Jan 2, 1998: Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates and cocaine
  • Jan 3, 1998: Side Show, closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • Jan 4, 1998: Funny Thing Happened, closes at St. James NYC after 715 performances
  • Jan 5, 1998: Ice storm knocks out electricity in QuTbec and Ontario, Canada.
  • Jan 6, 1998: Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Jan 8, 1998: Roseanne files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas
  • Jan 9, 1998: Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever
  • Jan 10, 1998: 18th United Negro College Fund raises (rebroadcasted Jan 17th)
  • Jan 11, 1998: Proposals, closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • Jan 12, 1998: Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
  • Jan 13, 1998: Patti LaBelle On Broadway, opens at St. James Theater, New York City
  • Jan 14, 1998: 100th episode of Ellen, airs
  • Jan 15, 1998: NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
  • Jan 16, 1998: NASA announces that John Glenn, age 76, will return to space when the Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off in October.
  • Jan 17, 1998: President Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones
  • Jan 18, 1998: Ragtime, opens at Ford Theater, New York City
  • Jan 20, 1998: Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tuesday night programming
  • Jan 21, 1998: Pope John Paul II visits Cuba.
  • Jan 22, 1998: STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
  • Jan 23, 1998: Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba.
  • Jan 25, 1998: Patti LaBelle On Broadway, closes at St. James Theater, New York City
  • Jan 26, 1998: President Clinton says I want to say one thing to the American people I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky
  • Jan 27, 1998: WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics and Detroit Shock.
  • Jan 28, 1998: Michelangelo, Christ & the Woman of Samaria, sold for $7.4 million
  • Jan 29, 1998: Capeman, opens at Marquis Theater, New York City
  • Jan 30, 1998: Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
  • Jan 31, 1998: STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands
  • Feb 1, 1998: Street Corner Symphony, closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances
  • Feb 2, 1998: Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • Feb 3, 1998: Britain issues a set of Princess Diana stamps
  • Feb 4, 1998: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
  • Feb 5, 1998: Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • Feb 6, 1998: Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
  • Feb 7, 1998: 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano Japan
  • Feb 8, 1998: NHL stops season until February 24th to accommodate the Olympics.
  • Feb 9, 1998: 6th annual ESPY Awards
  • Feb 10, 1998: Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 11, 1998: Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500.
  • Feb 12, 1998: Freak, opens at Cort Theater, New York City
  • Feb 14, 1998: 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.
  • Feb 15, 1998: Daytona 500 race
  • Feb 16, 1998: Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million.
  • Feb 17, 1998: Diane Zamora, 20, Naval Academy cadet convicted of capital murder
  • Feb 18, 1998: Robert Merrill, songwriter ("Funny Girl"), commits suicide at age 76.
  • Feb 19, 1998: Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • Feb 20, 1998: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
  • Feb 21, 1998: Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 22, 1998: King & I, closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances
  • Feb 23, 1998: Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • Feb 24, 1998: Elton John knighted
  • Feb 25, 1998: 40th Grammy Awards
  • Feb 26, 1998: Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4 minutes 9 seconds).
  • Feb 27, 1998: 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards
  • Feb 28, 1998: View From the Bridge, closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • Mar 1, 1998: Art, opens at Royale Theater, New York City
  • Mar 2, 1998: Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
  • Mar 3, 1998: Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Mar 4, 1998: Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc.: 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 5, 1998: Mariah Carey divorces Tommy Lee Jones
  • Mar 6, 1998: Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills four at Connecticut state lottery.
  • Mar 7, 1998: The Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan is fined for burning a cross in his garden and infringing air regulations in California.
  • Mar 10, 1998: 4th Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
  • Mar 12, 1998: Sound of Music, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • Mar 13, 1998: The High-Z Supernova Search Team becomes the first team to publish evidence that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.
  • Mar 15, 1998: Cabaret, opens at Club Expo Theater, New York City
  • Mar 19, 1998: Ah Wilderness!, opens at Vivian Beaumont theater
  • Mar 22, 1998: 18th Golden Raspberry Awards
  • Mar 23, 1998: 70th Academy Awards: Titanic wins 11 Oscars, Jack Nicholson best actor, Helen Hunt best actress.
  • Mar 24, 1998: 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, 1998: Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people are killed with axes and knives; 32 of the killed are babies under the age of 2.
  • Mar 27, 1998: Soul Train Award
  • Mar 29, 1998: A series of tornadoes in southern Minnesota kills three people.
  • Mar 31, 1998: Tampa Bay Devil Rays' first game; they host Detroit Tigers.
  • Apr 1, 1998: World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Russians Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze win.
  • Apr 2, 1998: World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Russian Alexei Yagudin wins.
  • Apr 3, 1998: World Ice Dance Figure Skating Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Russians Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsyannikov win.
  • Apr 4, 1998: NFL Europe (formerly WLAF), kicks off season.
  • Apr 5, 1998: 10th Seniors Golf Tradition
  • Apr 6, 1998: Nuclear weapons testing: Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of reaching India.
  • Apr 7, 1998: Citicorp and Travelers Group announce plans to merge, creating the largest financial-services conglomerate in the world, Citigroup.
  • Apr 8, 1998: A Force 5 tornado strikes the western portion of the Birmingham, Alabama area, killing 32.
  • Apr 12, 1998: 62nd Golf Masters Championship: Mark O'Meara wins.
  • Apr 15, 1998: 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.
  • Apr 16, 1998: 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.
  • Apr 18, 1998: The Walt Disney Company launches the Toon Disney cable television network in the USA.
  • Apr 19, 1998: 59th PGA Seniors Golf Championship
  • Apr 20, 1998: German terrorist group the Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
  • Apr 22, 1998: Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • Apr 23, 1998: The Yugoslav Army ambushes a group of Kosovo Liberation Army fighters attempting to smuggle weapons from Albania into Kosovo, killing 19.
  • Apr 26, 1998: Wins Chick-fil-A Golf Charity Championship
  • Apr 29, 1998: 15th Miss Hawaiian Tropic crowned
  • May 2, 1998: The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
  • May 3, 1998: Wins Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 4, 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.
  • May 6, 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.
  • May 7, 1998: Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  • May 8, 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.
  • May 9, 1998: ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by
  • May 10, 1998: Wins Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • May 11, 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.
  • May 13, 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.
  • May 14, 1998: Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)
  • May 16, 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.
  • May 18, 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.
  • May 19, 1998: The US aircraft Yorktown is located by searchers, three miles below the ocean surface, where she sank on June 7, 1942.
  • May 21, 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.
  • May 22, 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.
  • May 24, 1998: Indianapolis 500 race
  • May 26, 1998: Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs. President Clinton
  • May 27, 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.
  • May 28, 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.
  • May 29, 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.
  • May 30, 1998: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
  • May 31, 1998: Wins Wegmans Rochester Golf International
  • Jun 2, 1998: California voters approve Proposition 227, abolishing the state's bilingual education program.
  • Jun 3, 1998: Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths.
  • Jun 4, 1998: Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Jun 5, 1998: 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).
  • Jun 6, 1998: 130th Belmont
  • Jun 7, 1998: 68th French Mens Tennis
  • Jun 11, 1998: Compaq Computer pays US$9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
  • Jun 12, 1998: A jury in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, convicts 17-year-old Luke Woodham of killing two students and wounding 7 others at Pearl High School.
  • Jun 13, 1998: In Portales, New Mexico, USA a meteorite penetrates a barn roof.
  • Jun 14, 1998: Comic Relief benefit comedy show
  • Jun 15, 1998: 32nd TNN Music City News Country Awards
  • Jun 19, 1998: Disney releases the Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film Mulan to theaters in the USA.
  • Jun 21, 1998: 98th US Golf Open: at Olympic Club San Francisco
  • Jun 23, 1998: 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.
  • Jun 25, 1998: 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.
  • Jun 28, 1998: Wins ShopRite LPGA Classic
  • Jun 30, 1998: Philippine Vice President Joseph Estrada was sworn in as the 13th President of the Philippines.
  • Jul 2, 1998: J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is published.
  • Jul 5, 1998: Japan launches a probe to Mars, and thus joins the United States and Russia as a space exploring nation.
  • Jul 6, 1998: Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.
  • Jul 7, 1998: 69th All Star Baseball Game: at Coors Field, Denver
  • Jul 10, 1998: 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.
  • Jul 12, 1998: 16th Seniors Players Golf Championship
  • Jul 17, 1998: Russia buries tsar Nicholas II and family, 80 years after they died
  • Jul 19, 1998: 127th British Golf Open: at Royal Birkdale
  • Jul 20, 1998: Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Doctors Without Borders and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban.
  • Jul 24, 1998: 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.
  • Jul 25, 1998: The United States Navy commissions the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and puts her into service.
  • Jul 26, 1998: 19th US Senior Golf Open ends at Riviera Country Club - Pacific Palisades, California
  • Jul 30, 1998: The Disney Cruise Line launches its first cruise ship, the Disney Magic, from Port Canaveral, Florida.
  • Aug 2, 1998: 26th du Maurier Golf Classic
  • Aug 4, 1998: 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)
  • Aug 5, 1998: 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)
  • Aug 7, 1998: 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.
  • Aug 9, 1998: Star Bank LPGA Classic
  • Aug 10, 1998: HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah is proclaimed the crown prince of Brunei with a Royal Proclamation.
  • Aug 14, 1998: 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.
  • Aug 15, 1998: The Omagh bombing is carried out in Northern Ireland by the Real IRA.
  • Aug 16, 1998: 80th PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club - Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 17, 1998: 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.
  • Aug 19, 1998: 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.
  • Aug 20, 1998: The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
  • Aug 23, 1998: Minnesota LPGA Classic
  • Aug 24, 1998: E.G. Marshall, American actor (The Defenders, Nixon, Absolute Power), dies at age 88 (born 1910).
  • Aug 26, 1998: Computer virus CIH activates and attacks Windows 9x.
  • Aug 28, 1998: 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.
  • Aug 30, 1998: State Farm Rail Golf Classic
  • Sep 1, 1998: 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)
  • Sep 2, 1998: 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.
  • Sep 4, 1998: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University in California, found Google.
  • Sep 5, 1998: The Government of North Korea adopts a military dictatorship on its 50th anniversary.
  • Sep 6, 1998: Safeway LPGA Golf Championship
  • Sep 7, 1998: Google, Inc. is founded, in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
  • Sep 9, 1998: 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.
  • Sep 12, 1998: Bosnian general election, 1998: Votes in Bosnia and Herzegovina go to the polls for a general election.
  • Sep 13, 1998: 112th US Womens Tennis
  • Sep 14, 1998: 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.
  • Sep 15, 1998: With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business.
  • Sep 18, 1998: ICANN is formed.
  • Sep 24, 1998: The Federal Reserve releases to circulation Series 1996 $20 notes with new designs.
  • Sep 25, 1998: (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.
  • Sep 27, 1998: Core States Betsy King Golf Classic
  • Sep 29, 1998: 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.
  • Oct 1, 1998: Vladimir Putin becomes a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
  • Oct 2, 1998: Antz, the first feature film made by DreamWorks, is released.
  • Oct 6, 1998: Matthew Shepard is beaten and left to die in a cornfield in Laramie, Wyoming.
  • Oct 7, 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.
  • Oct 8, 1998: The House of Representatives authorizes an impeachment inquiry into President Bill Clinton.
  • Oct 10, 1998: A Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 41 people.
  • Oct 11, 1998: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail LPGA Tournament
  • Oct 12, 1998: The Congress of the United States passes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • Oct 14, 1998: New York Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
  • Oct 15, 1998: American Airlines becomes the first airline to offer electronic ticketing in all 44 countries it serves.
  • Oct 16, 1998: Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.
  • Oct 17, 1998: (to October 18) Severe flooding takes place in south Central Texas.
  • Oct 19, 1998: Travelers Group changes its company name to Citigroup Incorporated.
  • Oct 23, 1998: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a ''land for peace'' agreement.
  • Oct 24, 1998: Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
  • Oct 29, 1998: Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, makes landfall in Honduras.
  • Oct 31, 1998: Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
  • Nov 1, 1998: Nichirei Golf International
  • Nov 3, 1998: Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler, is elected Governor of Minnesota.
  • Nov 5, 1998: Myra Hindley loses her second appeal in 11 months against her whole life tariff.
  • Nov 8, 1998: Japan Golf Classic
  • Nov 9, 1998: 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.
  • Nov 12, 1998: New York Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak
  • Nov 13, 1998: 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.
  • Nov 16, 1998: 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).
  • Nov 17, 1998: 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).
  • Nov 19, 1998: Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for $71.5 million USD.
  • Nov 20, 1998: 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.
  • Nov 21, 1998: Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • Nov 22, 1998: ITT LPGA Tour Championship
  • Nov 23, 1998: Nintendo releases the Game Boy Color handheld video game system in the USA. Price is US$79.95.
  • Nov 24, 1998: 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)
  • Nov 28, 1998: Floods devastate Bangladesh's rice fields. (CNN)
  • Nov 30, 1998: Exxon and Mobil sign a $73.7 billion USD agreement to merge, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company.
  • Dec 4, 1998: The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
  • Dec 5, 1998: D.C. United defeats Vasco da Gama 2–1 on aggregate to win the Interamerican Cup.
  • Dec 6, 1998: JC Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 8, 1998: Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
  • Dec 11, 1998: The House Judiciary Committee approves three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.
  • Dec 14, 1998: Yugoslav Wars: The Yugoslav Army ambushes a group of Kosovo Liberation Army fighters attempting to smuggle weapons from Albania into Kosovo, killing 36.
  • Dec 16, 1998: Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
  • Dec 19, 1998: 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.
  • Dec 21, 1998: 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.
  • Dec 26, 1998: Six sailors die and 5 yachts are lost in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, the biggest disaster in the race's history
  • Dec 29, 1998: Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives.
  • Dec 31, 1998: US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year
  • Jan 1, 1998: Argentinian physicist Juan Maldacena published a landmark paper initiating the study of AdS/CFT correspondence, which links string theory and quantum gravity.


What does the year 1998 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1998 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 99th year of the 20th century and the 8th year of the 1990s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1997 and precedes 1999.

calendars for year 1998

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