Top News Stories from 1998
Population: 4.378 billionpopulation by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: John Hume and David Trimble (Northern Ireland)More World Statistics...
- 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). Background: N. Ireland Peace Negotiations
- 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).
- 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). Background: Middle East Peace Negotiations
- Iraq ends cooperation with UN arms inspectors (Aug. 5). Clinton orders air strikes (Dec. 16–19).
President: William J. Clinton
Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr.
Population: 270,298,524More U.S. Statistics...
- President accused in White House sex scandal; denies allegations of affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky (Jan. 21 et seq.).
- 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).
- Matthew Shepard, gay Wyoming student, fatally beaten in hate crime; two arrested (Oct. 6 et seq.).
- House impeaches President Clinton along party lines on two charges, perjury and obstruction of justice. (Dec. 19).
Federal spending: $1675.88 billion
Federal debt $5750.4 billion
Median Household Income(current dollars): "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin billion
Consumer Price Index: $163
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.32
Super BowlDenver d. Green Bay
World SeriesNew York Yankees d. San Diego
NBA ChampionshipChicago d. Utah
Stanley CupDetroit d. Washington
WimbledonWomen: 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 ChampionReal Quiet
NCAA Basketball ChampionshipKentucky d. Utah
World CupFrance d. Brazil
Entertainment AwardsPulitzer Prizes
American Pastoral, Philip Roth
Music: String Quartet No. 2, Musica Instrumentalis, Aaron Jay Kernis
Drama: How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel
Academy Award, Best Picture: Titanic, James Cameron and Jon Landau, producers (Paramount and 20th Century Fox)
Nobel Prize for Literature: José Saramago (Portugal)
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
- Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family
- Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter
- Michael Cunningham, The Hours
- Donald Hall, Without
- Alice McDermott, Charming Billy
- Gerald Stern, This Time: New and Selected Poems
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