1998 in the United States

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Events from the year 1998 in the United States.

Incumbents[edit]

Federal Government[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

January 26: President Clinton becomes embroiled in the Lewinsky scandal

February[edit]

February 14: Eric Robert Rudolph identified as a bombing suspect

March[edit]

March 27: FDA approves Viagra for erectile dysfunction

April[edit]

  • April – The Unemployment Rate drops to 4.3%, the lowest level since February 1970.
  • April 6 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 9,000 for the first time, and ending a gain of 49.82 points, 9,033.23.
  • April 7 – Citicorp and Travelers Group announce plans to merge, creating the largest financial-services conglomerate in the world, Citigroup.
  • April 8 – April 1998 Birmingham tornado: An F5 tornado strikes the western portion of the Birmingham, Alabama area, killing 32 people.
  • April 16 – An F3 tornado passes through downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the first significant tornado in 11 years to directly hit a major city. An F5 tornado travels through rural portions south of Nashville (see 1998 Nashville tornado outbreak).
  • April 22 – The Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World opens to the public for the first time.
  • April 27 – The Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is imploded to make way for the brand new Aladdin Hotel & Casino
  • April 30 – Daniel V. Jones, a cancer and HIV-positive patient, commits suicide on a Los Angeles freeway after a police standoff. The event was broadcast live on television and caused controversy about airing police chases.

May[edit]

May 18: United States v. Microsoft antitrust suit (Bill Gates pictured in his August deposition)

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

August 7: U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya

September[edit]

September 8: Mark McGwire breaks the single-season home run record

October[edit]

October 29: John Glenn returns to space

November[edit]

December[edit]

Ongoing[edit]

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • March 10 – Nicholas Nip, chessmaster
  • March 25 – Ryan Simpkins, actress
  • March 29 – Shealeigh, singer and songwriter

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Full date unknown[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Rehnquist Biography". biography.com. A&E Television Networks. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Maine Voters Repeal a Law On Gay Rights". The New York Times. 12 February 1998. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Teen guilty in Mississippi school-shooting rampage". CNN.
  4. ^ "Transcript: Fox News Interviews Scott Ritter – Fox News". 13 September 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Corporate Information: Google Milestones". Google, Inc. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 

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