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  • Indonesia
    Friday Jan 9, 1998

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    11,000 rupiah to 1 U.S. dollar

    Indonesia
    Friday Jan 9, 1998

    The rate plunged to over 11,000 rupiah to 1 U.S. dollar on 9 January 1998, with spot rates over 14,000 during 23–26 January and trading again over 14,000 for about six weeks during June–July 1998.




  • U.S.
    Monday Jan 12, 1998

    Impeachment of Bill Clinton

    Commit Perjury

    U.S.
    Monday Jan 12, 1998

    On January 12, 1998, Linda Tripp, who had been working with Jones' lawyers, informed Starr that Lewinsky was preparing to commit perjury in the Jones case and had asked Tripp to do the same. She also said Clinton's friend Vernon Jordan was assisting Lewinsky. Based on the connection to Jordan, who was under scrutiny in the Whitewater probe, Starr obtained approval from Reno to expand his investigation into whether Lewinsky and others were breaking the law.




  • Croatia
    Thursday Jan 15, 1998

    Croatian War of Independence

    The UNTAES mandate ended

    Croatia
    Thursday Jan 15, 1998

    The transitional period was subsequently extended by a year. On 15 January 1998, the UNTAES mandate ended and Croatia regained full control of the area.




  • San Jose, California, U.S.
    Monday Jan 19, 1998

    Dwayne Johnson

    Royal Rumble (1998)

    San Jose, California, U.S.
    Monday Jan 19, 1998

    On January 19, 1998, at Royal Rumble, The Rock defeated Shamrock by disqualification to retain the Intercontinental title. Later that night, he entered the Royal Rumble match and lasted until the final two before he was eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin.




  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 28, 1998

    Dwayne Johnson

    King of the Ring (1998)

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 28, 1998

    The Rock and The Nation then feuded with Triple H and D-Generation X, with the two stable leaders first meeting in the quarter-final of the 1998 King of the Ring tournament, which The Rock won. At King of the Ring, The Rock defeated Dan Severn in the semi-final match and lost to rival Ken Shamrock in the final.




  • Chiang Kai-shek International Airport
    Monday Feb 16, 1998
    20 PM

    Plane Accidents

    Airbus A300B4-622R

    Chiang Kai-shek International Airport
    Monday Feb 16, 1998
    20 PM

    Airbus A300B4-622R, China Airlines Flight 676, On February 16, 1998, en route from Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Indonesia, to Chiang Kai-shek International Airport (now Taoyuan International Airport), Taiwan, crashed into a road and residential neighborhood in Taoyuan, Taiwan, killing 182 passengers, 14 crew, and 7 people on the ground. An investigation determined that when the control tower ordered the pilot to abort his landing and "go around" for a second attempt, the pilot, who had unintentionally released the plane's autopilot, did nothing to take control of the plane for 11 seconds as he apparently thought the autopilot would initiate the go-around. As the aircraft approached the airport, the pilot executed a sudden steep ascent that produced a stall and crash.




  • Naples, Italy
    Sunday Feb 22, 1998

    Francesco Totti

    Win goal against Napoli

    Naples, Italy
    Sunday Feb 22, 1998

    Totti finished the league season reaching double figures in goals scored for the first time in his career; including a goal in the club's 2–0 away win against Napoli on 22 February 1998, Totti scored 13 goals in Serie A in total, and contributed to Roma's fourth-placed league finish that year.


  • Afghanistan
    Monday Feb 23, 1998

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders

    Afghanistan
    Monday Feb 23, 1998

    On February 23, 1998, al-Zawahiri issued a joint fatwa with Osama bin Laden under the title "World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders". Zawahiri, not bin Laden, is thought to have been the actual author of the fatwa.


  • El Billar, Caquetá
    Monday Mar 2, 1998

    Colombian conflict

    The Attack on El Billar

    El Billar, Caquetá
    Monday Mar 2, 1998

    A New Significant attack took place in El Billar, Caquetá on March 2, 1998, where a Colombian Army counterinsurgency battalion was patrolling, resulting in the death of 62 soldiers and the capture of some 43.


  • Kosovo
    Thursday Mar 5, 1998

    Kosovo War

    A massive firefight at the Jashari compound

    Kosovo
    Thursday Mar 5, 1998

    Despite some accusations of summary executions and killings of civilians, condemnations from Western capitals were not as voluble as they would become later. Serb police began to pursue Jashari (was one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)) and his followers in the village of Donje Prekaze. On March 5, 1998, a massive firefight at the Jashari compound led to the massacre of 60 Albanians, of which eighteen were women and ten were under the age of sixteen.


  • Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 1998

    Atari, Inc.

    Hasbro Interactive

    Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 1998

    On March 13, 1998, JTS sold the Atari name and assets to Hasbro Interactive for $5 million, less than a fifth of what Warner Communications had paid 22 years earlier. This transaction primarily involved the brand and intellectual property, which now fell under the Atari Interactive division of Hasbro Interactive. The brand name changed hands again in December 2000 when French software publisher Infogrames took over Hasbro Interactive.


  • Libya
    Monday Mar 16, 1998

    Bin Laden

    First official Interpol arrest warrant

    Libya
    Monday Mar 16, 1998

    On March 16, 1998, Libya issued the first official Interpol arrest warrant against bin Laden and three other people. They were charged for killing Silvan Becker, agent of Germany's domestic intelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, in the Terrorism Department, and his wife Vera in Libya on March 10, 1994.


  • Glodjane, Kosovo
    Tuesday Mar 24, 1998

    Kosovo War

    Yugoslav forces surrounded the village of Glodjane

    Glodjane, Kosovo
    Tuesday Mar 24, 1998

    On March 24, Yugoslav forces surrounded the village of Glodjane and attacked a rebel compound there.


  • Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 29, 1998

    Dwayne Johnson

    WrestleMania XIV

    Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 29, 1998

    On March 29, at WrestleMania XIV, Johnson defeated Shamrock by disqualification once again to retain the title.


  • U.S.
    Monday Mar 30, 1998

    Dwayne Johnson

    New Intercontinental Championship Design

    U.S.
    Monday Mar 30, 1998

    On Raw is War, The Rock debuted a new Intercontinental Championship design and would later overthrow Faarooq as leader of the Nation of Domination to spark a feud between the two.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 8, 1998

    James Bond

    The Facts of Death was published

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 8, 1998

    The Facts of Death, first published in 1998, was the third novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond (including Benson's novelization of Tomorrow Never Dies).


  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles,California, U.S.
    Thursday May 14, 1998

    Frank Sinatra

    Death

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles,California, U.S.
    Thursday May 14, 1998

    Sinatra died with his wife at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on May 14, 1998, aged 82, after a heart attack.


  • Belgrade, Serbia
    Friday May 15, 1998

    Kosovo War

    the only meeting between Milošević and Ibrahim Rugova happened on 15 May in Belgrade

    Belgrade, Serbia
    Friday May 15, 1998

    During this time, Yugoslav President Milošević reached an arrangement with Boris Yeltsin of Russia to stop offensive operations and prepare for talks with the Albanians, who refused to talk to the Serbian side throughout the crisis, but would talk with the Yugoslav government. In fact, the only meeting between Milošević and Ibrahim Rugova (first President of the Republic of Kosova) happened on 15 May in Belgrade, two days after Richard Holbrooke announced that it would take place. Holbrooke threatened Milošević that if he did not obey, "what's left of your country will implode". A month later, Holbrooke visited the border areas affected by the fighting in early June, where he was famously photographed with the KLA. The publication of these images sent a signal to the KLA, its supporters and sympathisers, and to observers in general, that the US was decisively backing the KLA and the Albanian population in Kosovo.


  • Moscow, Russia
    Monday May 25, 1998

    Vladimir Putin

    Chief of Presidential Staff

    Moscow, Russia
    Monday May 25, 1998

    On 25 May 1998, Putin was appointed First Deputy Chief of Presidential Staff for regions, replacing Viktoriya Mitina.


  • Serbia
    Sunday May 31, 1998

    Kosovo War

    An Operation to clear the border of the KLA

    Serbia
    Sunday May 31, 1998

    On May 31, 1998, the Yugoslav army and the Serb Ministry of the Interior police began an operation to clear the border of the KLA. NATO's response to this offensive was mid-June's Operation Determined Falcon, a NATO show of force over the Yugoslav borders.


  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
    Sunday May 31, 1998

    Dwayne Johnson

    Over the Edge: In Your House

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
    Sunday May 31, 1998

    Johnson successfully defended the Intercontinental title against Faarooq at Over the Edge: In Your House on May 31. The stable would then refer to themselves as simply "The Nation".


  • Los Angeles, California,U.S.
    Monday Jun 1, 1998

    Jim Carrey

    Taking a pay cut

    Los Angeles, California,U.S.
    Monday Jun 1, 1998

    In 1998, he decided to take a pay cut to play the serious role of Truman Burbank in the satirical comedy-drama film The Truman Show (1998). The film was highly praised and brought Carrey further international acclaim, leading many to believe he would be nominated for an Oscar. The Truman Show was a commercial success also, earning $264 million worldwide against a budget of $60 million.


  • U.S.
    Monday Jun 8, 1998

    Bin Laden

    First indicted by a grand jury of the United States

    U.S.
    Monday Jun 8, 1998

    Osama bin Laden was first indicted by a grand jury of the United States on June 8, 1998 on a charges of "conspiracy to attack defense utilities of the United States" and prosecutors further charged that bin Laden was the head of the terrorist organization called al-Qaeda, and that he was a major financial backer of Islamic fighters worldwide.


  • FIFA headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland
    Monday Jun 8, 1998

    Sepp Blatter

    1998 Election

    FIFA headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland
    Monday Jun 8, 1998

    Sepp Blatter's 1998 election to the presidency of FIFA over UEFA President Lennart Johansson occurred amidst much controversy.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 9, 1998

    Kosovo War

    National Emergency

    U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 9, 1998

    On 9 June 1998, US President Bill Clinton declared a "national emergency" (state of emergency) due to the "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States" imposed by Yugoslavia and Serbia over the Kosovo War.


  • Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 14, 1998

    Michael Jordan

    Delta Center

    Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 14, 1998

    The Bulls returned to the Delta Center for Game 6 on June 14, 1998, leading the series 3–2.


  • Afghanistan
    Tuesday Jun 23, 1998

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    Al-Qaeda congress

    Afghanistan
    Tuesday Jun 23, 1998

    Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri organized an al-Qaeda congress on June 24, 1998. A week prior to the beginning of the conference, a group of well-armed assistants to al-Zawahiri had left by jeeps in the direction of Herat. Following the instructions of their patron, in the town of Koh-i-Doshakh, they met three unknown Slavic-looking men who had arrived from Russia via Iran. After their arrival in Kandahar, they split up. One of the Russians was directly escorted to al-Zawahiri and he did not participate in the conference.


  • Afghanistan
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1998

    Bin Laden

    Al-Qaeda congress

    Afghanistan
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1998

    Bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri organized an al-Qaeda congress on June 24, 1998.


  • Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 7, 1998

    Kobe Bryant

    The youngest NBA All-Star starter in NBA history

    Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 7, 1998

    In Bryant's second season, he received more playing time and began to show more of his abilities as a talented young guard. As a result, Bryant's point averages more than doubled, from 7.6 to 15.4 points per game. Bryant would see an increase in minutes when the Lakers "played small", which would feature Bryant playing small forward alongside the guards he would usually back up. Bryant was the runner-up for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award, and through fan voting, he also became the youngest NBA All-Star starter in NBA history. He was joined by teammates O'Neal, Van Exel, and Jones, making it the first time since 1983 that four players on the same team were selected to play in the same All-Star Game. Bryant's 15.4 points per game were the highest of any non-starter in the season.


  • France
    Friday Jul 10, 1998

    FIFA World Cup

    A 32 teams World Cup

    France
    Friday Jul 10, 1998

    The 1998 World Cup was held in France, and had an expanded format featuring 32 teams.


  • Saint-Denis, France
    Sunday Jul 12, 1998

    Zinedine Zidane

    World Cup 1998

    Saint-Denis, France
    Sunday Jul 12, 1998

    The 1998 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match that was played on 12 July 1998 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis to determine the winner of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.


  • Kosovo
    Friday Jul 17, 1998

    Kosovo War

    Villages were captured

    Kosovo
    Friday Jul 17, 1998

    The tide turned in mid-July when the KLA captured Orahovac. On 17 July 1998, two nearby villages, Retimlije and Opteruša, were also captured, while less systematic events took place in the larger Serb-populated village of Velika Hoča.


  • South Africa
    Saturday Jul 18, 1998

    Nelson Mandela

    3rd Marriage

    South Africa
    Saturday Jul 18, 1998

    Mandela's relationship with Machel had intensified; in February 1998, he publicly stated that he was "in love with a remarkable lady", and under pressure from Tutu, who urged him to set an example for young people, he organised a wedding for his 80th birthday, in July that year.The following day, he held a grand party with many foreign dignitaries.


  • Fresno, California, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 26, 1998

    Dwayne Johnson

    Fully Loaded: In Your House

    Fresno, California, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 26, 1998

    The Rock resumed his feud with Triple H, as the two had a two out of three falls match at Fully Loaded: In Your House for the Intercontinental title, which The Rock retained in controversial fashion.


  • Bogota, Colombia
    Friday Aug 7, 1998

    Colombian conflict

    Andrés Pastrana Arango was sworn in as The President of Colombia

    Bogota, Colombia
    Friday Aug 7, 1998

    On August 7, 1998, Andrés Pastrana Arango was sworn in as the President of Colombia. A member of the Conservative Party, Pastrana defeated Liberal Party candidate Horacio Serpa in a run-off election marked by high voter turn-out and little political unrest. The new president's program was based on a commitment to bring about a peaceful resolution of Colombia's longstanding civil conflict and to cooperate fully with the United States to combat the trafficking of illegal drugs.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Aug 15, 1998

    Apple Inc.

    A New all-in-one Computer

    U.S.
    Saturday Aug 15, 1998

    On August 15, 1998, Apple introduced a new all-in-one computer reminiscent of the Macintosh 128K: the iMac. The iMac design team was led by Ive, who would later design the iPod and the iPhone.


  • Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
    Saturday Aug 15, 1998

    Tony Blair

    Omagh bombing

    Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
    Saturday Aug 15, 1998

    Following the Omagh bombing on 15 August 1998, by members of the Real IRA opposed to the peace process, which killed 29 people and wounded hundreds, Blair visited the County Tyrone town and met with victims at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.


  • Burbank, California, U.S.
    Friday Aug 21, 1998

    Marvel Studios

    First film packaged and licensed by Marvel Studios

    Burbank, California, U.S.
    Friday Aug 21, 1998

    The first film packaged and licensed by Marvel Studios was Blade, based on the vampire hunter Blade. The film was directed by Stephen Norrington and starred Wesley Snipes as Blade. It was released on August 21, 1998, grossing $70,087,718 in the United States and Canada and $131,183,530 worldwide.


  • Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Friday Sep 4, 1998

    Google LLC

    The Company Was Incorporated

    Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Friday Sep 4, 1998

    The company was incorporated on September 4, 1998. It was based in the garage of a friend (Susan Wojcicki) in Menlo Park, California. Craig Silverstein, a fellow PhD student at Stanford, was hired as the first employee.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Friday Sep 18, 1998

    Jackie Chan

    Hollywood breakthrough

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Friday Sep 18, 1998

    Chan's first huge blockbuster success came when he co-starred with Chris Tucker in the 1998 buddy cop action comedy Rush Hour, grossing US$130 million in the United States alone.


  • Kosovo
    Wednesday Sep 23, 1998

    Kosovo War

    The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1199

    Kosovo
    Wednesday Sep 23, 1998

    On 23 September 1998, acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1199. This expressed 'grave concern' at reports reaching the Secretary General that over 230,000 people had been displaced from their homes by 'the excessive and indiscriminate use of force by Serbian security forces and the Yugoslav Army', demanding that all parties in Kosovo and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia cease hostilities and maintain a ceasefire.


  • Kosovo
    Thursday Sep 24, 1998

    Kosovo War

    NATO issued an "activation warning"

    Kosovo
    Thursday Sep 24, 1998

    On 24 September the North Atlantic Council (NAC) of NATO issued an "activation warning" taking NATO to an increased level of military preparedness for both a limited air option and a phased air campaign in Kosovo.


  • Germany
    Sunday Sep 27, 1998

    Angela Merkel

    The Kohl Government Defeat

    Germany
    Sunday Sep 27, 1998

    After the Kohl Government was defeated at the 1998 election, Merkel was appointed Secretary-General of the CDU, a key position as the party was no longer part of the federal government.


  • Colombia
    Tuesday Sep 29, 1998

    Shakira

    Releasing Her 4th Album

    Colombia
    Tuesday Sep 29, 1998

    Her fourth studio album was titled Dónde Están los Ladrones? This, produced entirely by Shakira herself and Emilio Estefan, Jr. as the executive producer, was released in September 1998. The album, inspired by an incident in an airport in which a suitcase filled with her written lyrics was stolen, became a bigger hit than Pies Descalzos. The album has reached a peak position of number 131 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and held the top spot on the U.S. Latin Albums chart for 11 weeks. It has since sold over 7 million copies worldwide and 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it one of the best selling Spanish albums in the U.S. Eight singles were taken from the album including "Ciega, Sordomuda", "Moscas En La Casa", and "No Creo", which became her first single to chart on the U.S. Billboard Billboard Hot 100, "Inevitable", "Tú", "Si Te Vas", "Octavo día", and "Ojos Así". The latter two songs won Shakira one Latin Grammy each, with six of the eight singles reaching the top 40 on the U.S. Latin chart.


  • House of Representatives, Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Oct 8, 1998

    Impeachment of Bill Clinton

    Commence Impeachment Proceedings Against Clinton

    House of Representatives, Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Oct 8, 1998

    The Republican controlled House of Representatives voted 258-176 to commence impeachment proceedings against Clinton on October 8, 1998. Since Ken Starr had already completed an extensive investigation, the House Judiciary Committee conducted no investigations of its own into Clinton's alleged wrongdoing and held no serious impeachment-related hearings before the 1998 midterm elections. Impeachment was one of the major issues in those elections.


  • Italy
    Saturday Oct 10, 1998

    Francesco Totti

    First Senior Cap

    Italy
    Saturday Oct 10, 1998

    Totti earned his first senior cap for Italy under the recently appointed international manager Dino Zoff during a 2–0 Euro 2000 qualifying victory against Switzerland on 10 October 1998.


  • Kosovo
    Tuesday Oct 13, 1998

    Kosovo War

    The North Atlantic Council issued activation orders

    Kosovo
    Tuesday Oct 13, 1998

    On 13 October 1998, the North Atlantic Council issued activation orders for the execution of both limited air strikes and a phased air campaign in Yugoslavia which would begin in approximately 96 hours.


  • Kosovo
    Thursday Oct 15, 1998

    Kosovo War

    The NATO Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM)

    Kosovo
    Thursday Oct 15, 1998

    On 15 October the NATO Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM) Agreement for a ceasefire was signed, and the deadline for withdrawal was extended to 27 October.


  • U.S.
    Friday Oct 16, 1998

    Amazon

    Walmart sued Amazon

    U.S.
    Friday Oct 16, 1998

    Walmart sued Amazon on October 16, 1998, alleging that Amazon had stolen Walmart's trade secrets by hiring former Walmart executives. Although this suit was also settled out of court, it caused Amazon to implement internal restrictions and the reassignment of the former Walmart executives.


  • Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
    Sunday Oct 18, 1998

    Dwayne Johnson

    Judgment Day: In Your House

    Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
    Sunday Oct 18, 1998

    The Rock saw a big uptick in fan support during this time, causing him to be booked in a feud with fellow Nation members Mark Henry and D'Lo Brown, turning babyface in the process. Henry defeated him at Judgment Day: In Your House, after interference from Brown, effectively breaking up the stable.


  • Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico
    Thursday Oct 22, 1998

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    Hurricane Mitch

    Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico
    Thursday Oct 22, 1998

    Hurricane Mitch is the second-deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record, causing over 11,000 fatalities in Central America in 1998, including approximately 7,000 in Honduras and 3,800 in Nicaragua due to catastrophic flooding from the slow motion of the storm.


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