What Happened in 1998 inc. Pop Culture, Prices and Events (2023)

Other Major Events From 1998

Canada - Canadian Supreme Court Case on Secession

The legality of the potential secession of Quebec is argued in the Canadian Supreme Court.

More Information for Quebec Court Case

1. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on the legality of Quebec’s potential secession from the country.

2. The court ruled that Quebec could not secede from Canada on its own.

3. They also made it clear that if a referendum was held on the question it would lead to negotiations between Quebec and the rest of Canada regarding the terms of the secession.

4. The court also stated that any act of secession would need a constitutional amendment to be completed.

5. The ruling was important in that it provided more clarity regarding the question of Quebec’s independence and could be potentially important to future discussions on referendums in international law.

Financial Crisis South East Asia

Financial Crisis hits much of South East Asia

Hong Kong Worlds biggest airport

Worlds biggest airport in the world opens in Hong Kong

Kenya Terrorist Bombing

Terrorist Bombing attacks at two US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam killing 250 people

Good Friday peace agreement

Good Friday peace agreementis accepted by Sinn Fein the leader of the political wing of the republican IRA on May 10 in Northern Ireland

Monica Lewinsky

Bill Clinton denies he had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. starting the Lewinsky scandal and investigations

Afghanistan earthquake

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.

Afghanistan cruise missile strikes

US launch cruise missile strikes against al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan

Azores Earthquake

A 5.9 Earthquake strikes the Azores killing at least 10 with many more still missing in the rubble

Sudan famine

Official famine Southern Sudan declared with estimates that over 1 million people could die from starvation

Iceland Free Willy star

Free Willy star Keiko goes to Iceland for eventual release back into the wild.

James Byrd Jr

James Byrd Jr, a 49-year-old African-American man is dragged to his death behind a pickup truck

New Zealand blackout

66-day blackout begins in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dow Jones drops over 500 points

Dow Jones drops over 500 points on August 31st on the New York Stock Exchange

U.S. budget surplus

US Announces first budget surplus in 30 years

U.S. Tornadoes

Tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42

Forest Fires in Florida

Forest Fires in Florida force 120,000 to flee their homes

Afghanistan Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden publishes fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

Belfast Agreement

The Belfast Agreement is signed between the Irish and British governments and most Northern Ireland political parties ending many years of terrorist activity in Northern Ireland and mainland Britain

IRA Bombing

The splinter terrorist organisation "The Real IRA" plant massive car bomb on August 15 Omagh, Northern Ireland killing 27

Papua New Guinea tsunami

A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 1,500,

Yangtze River Flooding

In China the Yangtze River breaks through the main bank. The death toll was more than 12,000 injuring many thousands more.

Russia rouble Devaluation

Devaluation of the rouble. The ruble lost 70% of its value against US dollar in 6 months . Several of the largest Russians banks collapsed, and millions of people lost their savings.

Russia $22bn loan

IMF offers $22bn loan to Russia to stabilize economy with strict conditions

Honduras Hurricane Mitch

Hurricane Mitch makes landfall in Central America on October 26th killing an estimated 18,000 people

Japan recession

The Japanese economy enters a recession due to the collapse of land and property prices

Japan rescue package banks

The Japanese government implements a rescue package for Japanese banks following the collapse of the property market and $500bn in bad debts

Algeria massacre

Islamic extremists attack two villages in Algeria and massacre 400 local villagers

European Union single currency

Europeans agree on a single currency the Euro

European Union Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights becomes a permanent court with full-time judges

European Union Maastricht Treaty

The Maastricht Treaty comes into force

President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton Impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice.

U.S. Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) is signed between Tobacco Companies and US States becoming the largest civil settlement in United States history,

U.S. Jonesboro

Two boys Mitchell Johnson ( 13 yrs old ) and Andrew Golden ( 11 Years Old ) shoot and kill four fellow students in Jonesboro, Arkansas .

European Central Bank

The European Central Bank is Established in Frankfurt Germany


U.N.I.C.E.F. reports over 130 million children worldwide do not attend school and their is approximately 250 million child laborers worldwide

Exxon and Mobil merge

The two oil companies Exxon and Mobil merge to create the worlds largest petroleum company

$20.00 bills

New harder to counterfeit $20.00 bills enter circulation

Philippines Typhoon Babs

Typhoon Babs strikes the Philippines killing 100 people

Canada Quebec

Quebec demands independence from Canada


Microsoft becomes biggest Company in the World valued at $261bn on the New York Stock Exchange

US Military jet severs the cable of a ski lift

Low Flying US Military jet severs the cable of a ski lift in Italy and 20 people plunge to their death

Israel 50th Anniversary

Israel celebrates it's 50th Anniversary of it's founding

Yugoslavia Kosova

Serbian troops in Yugoslavia target villages occupied by ethnic Albanians in Kosova

Nigeria oil pipeline

An oil pipeline running through a village in Nigeria, explodes killing 700 people with the resulting fire burning for nearly a week.

Worlds Longest Suspension Bridge

The Worlds Longest Suspension Bridge ( as of 2007 ) in Akashi, Japan is Completed

Iraq UN weapons inspectors

Iraq prevents UN weapons inspectors from conducting a search and President Bill Clinton orders a series of air strikes against Iraq

Canada ice storm

A severe ice storm in Canada and Northern United States leaves millions without power

UK MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorders

UK Reports of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorders in the UK are answered by The World Health Organisation who say no link exists and that thanks to the use of the MMR vaccine death from diseases like measles and diphtheria have almost been eradicated


BMW buys Rolls-Royce cars for $570 million

France Wins World Cup

France Wins 1998 World Cup in France

Winter Olympic Games

The Winter Olympic Games are held in Nagano, Japan

Technology 1998

Worlds first Digital Terrestrial Television Service launched in the UK

Windows 98 released by Microsoft on June 26th

United States Department of Justice (DOJ) brings Anti-Trust Case against Microsoft Corp.

During 1998 with the technology maturing e-commerce started to take off as more and more companies decided to create a presence on the Internet with their own web sites.

The Search Engine Google is founded.

The Worlds largest suspension Bridge 1.234 miles in Japan opens

19 European nations agree to forbid human cloning.

Data sent from the Galileo probe indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice

The FDA approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, becoming the first pill to be approved to treat this condition in the United States.

Apple Computer unveils the iMac.

Danish Catamaran Cat Link V sets new record for fastest crossing of the north Atlantic Blue Ribband in 2 days 17.59 hours

India and Pakistan test nuclear weapons

Popular Culture 1998

The concert by the Three Tenors ( Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti ) For the opening of the World Cup In France is seen by 100,000 live and 3 billion around the world.

Popular Films



Saving Private Ryan


There's Something About Mary

A Bug's Life

Deep Impact


Dr. Dolittle

Shakespeare in Love

Lethal Weapon 4

The Avengers

The Mask of Zorro

The Wedding Singer

Popular Musicians

All Saints

Céline Dion



Jennifer Paige

Marilyn Manson

Green Day


The Offspring

Spice Girls


Alanis Morissette

Shania Twain

Natalie Imbruglia


Janet Jackson

Popular TV

Law & Order

America's Funniest Home Videos

One Foot in the Grave (UK)

The Jerry Springer Show

Dateline NBC


Late Night with Conan O'Brien


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Late Show with David Letterman

The Nanny

The X-Files




Star Trek: Voyager

The Drew Carey Show

7th Heaven

Everybody Loves Raymond

Judge Judy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Dharma & Greg

King of the Hill

South Park

Stargate SG-1

The Practice

Teletubbies (UK)


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