Timeline 1998

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  • The unabomber pleads guilty
    He accepted a life term without parole and forgoes a right to appeal.

  • Clinton admits to Lewinsky affair
    After denying the afair for close to a year, the President held a press conference to admit to having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky

  • The House approves impeachment inquiry
    The House of Representatives approved an inquiry into a possible impeachment trial, the Senate later did not approve the inquiry.

  • America bombs Iraq:
    Following a weapons inspector agreement by the UN, on December 17, in the middle of Clinton's impeachment trial, President Clinton orders American and British airstrikes on Iraq.

  • The Wrath of Mother Nature
    1998 was a severe weather season. In the year, Hurricane Mitch devestated the Caribbean Coast, and Hurricane Georges did severe damage to the Florida coastline, the worst since Andrew in 1992. Tornadoes also do a lot of severe damage in the Southeast. A severe heatwave lasted all summer long, killing almost 90 people. Over a billion dollar of damage was due to the weather. It all had to do with El Nino.

  • Peace in Northern Ireland
    A historic agreement was made, which brought a final peace to Northern Ireland.

  • 5,000th Episode
    Bob Barker's game show The Price is Right, aired his 5,000th episode on CBS in the summer.

  • Clinton's Popularity Very High
    During the Clinton sex scandal, the president's approval rating with the public sored to an all-time high at nearly 76%

  • Record High Tempatures
    1998's summer tempatures were some of the highest on record. The so-called Texas Heat Wave killed many people, drought on the east coast killed many also, and tempatures went up to nearly 120, the hottest ever recorded.

  • John Glenn returns to space
    In late October, veteran astronaut Senator John Glenn, now 77, returned to space onboard the space shuttle Discovery. He became the oldest person to ever be in space.

  • Home Run Chase
    Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both chased the homerun recod set by Roger Maris in 1961, in the end, both broke it, with 70 and 66 home runs.

  • 5 Become 4
    Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, anounced through her lawyer that she would be leaving the Spice Girls due to differences in the band. She went on to have a successful solo career.

  • Kurt Kobain Commits Suicide
    April 8 - Kurt Kobain, of grunge rock band Nirvana is found dead by self inflicted gunshot wound.

  • Seinfelds Ends
    May 14 - The "Show About Nothing" ends, much to the dismay of millions of followers.

  • Michael Jordan Retires from N.B.A.
    Michael Jordan retires in 1998, but only for a few years.

  • Viagra, male impotence drug approved
    the best selling prescription drug of recent years approved by FDA

  • The '98 Ice Storm
    the '98 ice storm affected Quebec and some of southern ontario canada, laeving thousans without heat, elctricity, or homes.

  • Bulls Dynasty Ends
    Coach Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, and Luc Longley all leave Chicago in the offseason and the Bulls can only muster a 13-37 record during a lock-out shortened season after winning 6 titles in 8 years.
  • Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500
    After 20 years of bad luck in the Great American Race Dale Earnhardt wins the Daytona 500.

  • Opening Of Disney's Animal Kingdom
    On Earth Day of 1998,Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando,Florida

Sports Highlights of 1998

• Super Bowl XXXII – Denver Broncos won 31–24 over the Green Bay Packers
• Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa each chase the home run record set previously by Roger Maris in 1961. Both men end up breaking the record; McGwire with 70 and Sosa with 66.
• Cal Ripken Jr. ends his consecutive game streak at 2,632 in Baltimore against the New York Yankees. It was the first time he wasn't in the lineup since 1982.
• World Series – New York Yankees win 4 games to 0 over the San Diego Padres. The Series MVP is Scott Brosius, New York
• Grey Cup – Calgary Stampeders win 26–24 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
• Stanley Cup – Detroit Red Wings defeated the Washington Capitals 4 games to 0.
• NASCAR Championship – Jeff Gordon
• NASCAR celebrates its 50th anniversary
• Indianapolis 500 – Eddie Cheever
• CART Racing – Alex Zanardi won the season championship
• Formula One Championship – Mika Häkkinen of Finland


• Worlds first Digital Terrestrial Television Service launched in the UK

• Windows 98 released by Microsoft

• United States Department of Justice (DOJ) brings Anti-Trust Case against Microsoft Corp.

• During 1998 with the technology maturing e-commerce started to take off as more and more companies decided to create a presence on the Internet with their own web sites.

• The Search Engine Google is founded.

• The Worlds largest suspension Bridge 1.234 miles in Japan opens

• 19 European nations agree to forbid human cloning.

• Data sent from the Galileo probe indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice

• The FDA approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, becoming the first pill to be approved to treat this condition in the United States.

• Apple Computer unveils the iMac.

• Danish Catamaran Cat Link V sets new record for fastest crossing of the north Atlantic Blue Ribband in 2 days 17.59 hours

• India and Pakistan test nuclear weapons

Popular Culture 1998

  • The concert by the Three Tenors ( Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti ) For the opening of the World Cup In France is seen by 100,000 live and 3 billion around the world.

Popular Films

• Armageddon
• Titanic
• Saving Private Ryan
• The Big Lebowski
• There’s Something About Mary
• Rush Hour
• Deep Impact
• You’ve Got Mail
• Godzilla
• There's Something About Mary
• A Bug's Life
• Deep Impact
• Mulan
• Dr. Dolittle
• Shakespeare in Love
• Lethal Weapon 4
• The Avengers
• The Mask of Zorro
• The Wedding Singer

Popular Musicians

• All Saints
• Céline Dion
• Madonna
• Chumbawamba
• Jennifer Paige
• Marilyn Manson
• Green Day
• Metallica
• The Offspring
• Spice Girls
• Aerosmith
• Alanis Morissette
• Shania Twain
• Natalie Imbruglia
• Sublime
• Janet Jackson

Popular Television

• Law & Order
• America's Funniest Home Videos
• One Foot in the Grave (UK)
• The Jerry Springer Show
• Dateline NBC
• Frasier
• Late Night with Conan O'Brien
• NYPD Blue
• Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
• The Late Show with David Letterman
• The Nanny
• The X-Files
• ER
• Friends
• Star Trek: Voyager
• The Drew Carey Show
• 7th Heaven
• Touched By An Angel
• Everybody Loves Raymond
• Judge Judy
• Buffy the Vampire Slayer
• Dharma & Greg
• King of the Hill
• South Park
• Cosby
• Beverly Hills 90210
• Dragon Ball
• Stargate SG-1
• The Practice
• Sabrina the Teenage Witch
• Boy Meets World
• Teletubbies (UK)
• Simpsons

Top Songs 

1. Too Close , Next
2. The Boy Is Mine , Brandy and Monica
3. You're Still the One , Shania Twain
4. Truly Madly Deeply , Savage Garden
5. How Do I Live , LeAnn Rimes
6. Together Again , Janet
7. All My Life , K-Ci and JoJo
8. Candle in the Wind , Elton John
9. Nice & Slow , Usher
10. I Don't Want to Wait , Paula Cole