News and Events of 1998
$1675.88 billionFederal debt:
$5750.4 billionConsumer Price Index:
4.5%Cost of a first-class stamp:
Denver d. Green Bay (31-24)
New York Yankees d. San Diego (4-0)
Chicago d. Utah (4-2)
Detroit d. Washington (4-0)
Jana Novotna d. N. Tauziat (6-4 7-6)Men:
Pete Sampras d. G. Ivanisevic (6-7 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-2)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
Kentucky d. Utah (78-69)
France d. Brazil (3-0)
Fiction: American Pastoral, Philip Roth
Music: String Quartet No. 2, Musica Instrumentalis, Aaron Jay Kernis
Drama: How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel
Oscars awarded in 1998
Academy Award, Best Picture: Titanic, James Cameron and Jon Landau, producers (Paramount and 20th Century Fox)
Nobel Prize for Literature: José Saramago (Portugal)
1998 Emmy Awards
1998 Tony Awards
Grammys awarded in 1998
Record of the Year: "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin
Album of the Year: Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan (Columbia Records)
Song of the Year: "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal, songwriters
Miss America: Katherine Shindle (IL)More Entertainment Awards...
- 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.
- NBC agrees to fork over $13 million an episode for the
next three years for broadcast rights to the top-rated
series ER. The total dollar figure, $850 million, eclipses
any price ever paid for a television show.
- Titanic captures a record-tying 11 Academy Awards, including those for Best Picture and Best Director (James Cameron).
- 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.
- Affliction, American History X, Elizabeth, Shakespeare in Love, There's Something about Mary
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Walter Kohn (US) and John A. Pople (UK), for their developments in the study of the properties of molecules and the chemical processes in which they are involved
Physics: Robert B. Laughlin (US), Horst L. Störmer (Germany), and Daniel C. Tsui (US), for their discovery of a new form of quantum fluid with fractionally charged excitations
Physiology or Medicine: Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro, and Ferid Murad (all US), for discovering that nitric oxide acts as a signal in the cardiovascular systemMore Nobel Prizes in 1998...
- 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). Background: US Unstaffed Planetary and Lunar Programs
- The FDA approves the male impotence drug Viagra (Mar. 27). Background: New Medicines
- Astronomers detect giant explosion, second in force only to the "Big Bang," in deep space (May 6). Background: Astronomy
- Dow Corning Corporation agrees on $3.2 billion settlement for tens of thousands of women claiming injury from manufacturer's silicone breast implants (July 8). Background: Health & Nutrition
- 77-year-old Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, returns to orbit in the space shuttle Discovery (Oct. 29). Background: US Staffed Space Flights
- The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour connects first two modules of the international space station (Dec. 6). Background: Space Exploration