Information for the Year 1998
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- Serbs battle ethnic Albanians in Kosovo (March 5 et seq.). Serbs renew attack on Kosovo rebels (June 1). NATO, on verge of air strikes, reaches settlement with Milosevic on Kosovo (Oct. 12).
- Good Friday Accord is reached in Northern Ireland (April 10). Irish Parliament backs peace agreement (April 22).
- Europeans agree on single currency, the euro (May 3).
- India conducts three atomic tests despite worldwide disapproval (May 11, 13). Pakistan stages five nuclear tests in response (May 29, 30).
- Indonesian dictator Suharto steps down after 32 years in power (May 21).
- Iraq ends cooperation with UN arms inspectors (Aug. 5). Clinton orders air strikes (Dec. 16–19).
- US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania bombed (Aug. 7). US cruise missiles hit suspected terrorist bases in Sudan and Afghanistan (Aug. 20).
- Russia fights to avert financial collapse (Aug. 17).
- Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet arrested in London (Oct. 16).
- Wye Mills Agreement between Netanyahu and Arafat moves Middle East peace talks forward (Oct. 23).
- Population: 5.918 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: John Hume and David Trimble (Northern Ireland)
- President outlines first balanced budget in 30 years (Feb. 3).
- US Supreme Court rules line-item veto unconstitutional (Feb. 12).
- Unabomber sentenced to four life terms (May 4).
- Life sentence meted out to Terry Nichols, convicted in Oklahoma City bombing fatal to 168 (June 4).
- Starr Report by independent counsel outlines case for impeachment proceedings against President (Sept. 11).
- House impeaches President Clinton along party lines on two charges, perjury and obstruction of justice. (Dec. 19).
- President: William J. Clinton
- Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr
- Population: 270,298,524
- Life expectancy: 76.7 years
- US GDP (2002 dollars): $8508.90 billion
- Federal spending: $1675.88 billion
- Federal debt: $5750.4 billion
- Median Household Income(2001 dollars):$46,737
- Consumer Price Index: 163
- Unemployment: 4.5%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.32
- Super Bowl Denver Broncos defeated Green Bay Packers (SCORE 31-24)
- World Series of Baseball New York Yankees defeated San Diego
- National Basketball Association Championship Chicago defeated Utah
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Detroit Red Wings defeated Washington Capitals
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Jana Novotna defeated N. Tauziat (6-4 7-6)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Pete Sampras defeated G. Ivanisevic (6-7 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-2)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Real Quiet
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Kentucky defeated Utah (SCORE 78-69)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Tennessee(RECORD 13-0-0)
- World Cup SoccerFrance defeated Brazil
- The 1998 Winter Olympics were held in Nagano, Japan
- Titanic becomes the highest-grossing film of all time, raking in more than $580 million domestically.
- An estimated 76 million viewers watch the last episode of Seinfeld.
- Legendary crooner Frank Sinatra dies of a heart attack at age 82.
- The American Film Institute announces its list of the top 100 films of all time. Citizen Kane tops the list.
- Tina Brown, editor of The New Yorker sends shockwaves through the publishing world with her resignation from the venerable weekly. David Remnick is hired to replace her.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Titanic
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Frasier - NBC
- Miss America: Katherine Shindle (Illinois)
- The Athena probe finds frozen water on moon. Scientists say ice crystals mixed with soil could provide fuel for rockets exploring solar system (Mar. 5).
- 77-year-old Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, returns to orbit in the space shuttle Discovery (Oct. 29).
- The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour connects first two modules of the international space station (Dec. 6).
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