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1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1998th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 998th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 98th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1990s decade.
1998 was designated as the
International Year of the Ocean. 
February 3 - Cavalese cable car disaster: a United States military pilot causes the deaths of 20 people near Trento, Italy, when his low-flying EA-6B Prowler severs the cable of a cable-car.
February 4 - The 5.9 Afghanistan earthquake shakes the Takhar Province with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII ( Very strong). With up to 4,000 killed, and 818 injured, damage is considered extreme.
February 7- 22 - The 1998 Winter Olympics are held in Nagano, Japan.
February 16 - China Airlines Flight 676 crashes into a residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, killing 202 people (all 196 on board and 6 on the ground).
February 20 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein negotiates a deal with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, allowing weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad, preventing military action by the United States and Britain.
February 22 - The Palace 2 building collapses at neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, killing 439 people. February 28
On May 21st, Suharto resigns its post as President of Indonesia, ending his 32-year New Order dictatorship in Indonesia.
: Nairobi Embassy bombing.
August 4 - The Second Congo War begins; 5.4 million people die before it ends in 2003, making it the bloodiest war, to date, since World War II.
Yangtze River Floods: in China the Yangtze river breaks through the main bank; before this, from August 1-5, peripheral levees collapsed consecutively in Jiayu County Baizhou Bay. The death toll exceeds 12,000, with many thousands more injured. 1998 U.S. embassy bombings: the bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, kill 224 people and injure over 4,500; they are linked to terrorist Osama bin Laden, an exile of Saudi Arabia.
August 15 - The Omagh bombing is carried out in Northern Ireland by the Real Irish Republican Army.
August 22 - An annular solar eclipse was visible in Sumatra, Borneo and Pacific. The Moon was 10.6 days past perigee and 5.2 days before apogee.
August 26 - Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama wins the Libertadores Cup after a 2-1 win against Barcelona S.C.. August 30 - The First Google Doodle celebrated Burning Man
October 1 - Europol is established when the Europol Convention signed by all of its member states comes into force.
October 3 - 1998 Australian federal election: John Howard's Liberal/ National Coalition Government is re-elected with a substantially reduced majority, defeating the Labor Party led by Kim Beazley. 
October 6 - Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, is beaten and left for dead outside of Laramie, Wyoming. The subsequent media coverage, followed by his death on October 12, opens a larger conversation on homophobia in the United States.
October 10 - Indictment and arrest of Augusto Pinochet: General Augusto Pinochet, Chilean dictator from 1973 to 1990, is indicted for human rights violations he committed in Chile by Spanish magistrate Baltasar Garzón. 6 days later British police place him under house arrest during his medical treatment in the UK. This is a leading case in the law of universal jurisdiction.
October 17 - 1998 Jesse pipeline explosion: An oil pipeline explosion in Jesse, Nigeria results in 1,082 deaths. October 29
Hurricane Mitch makes landfall in Central America, killing an estimated 11,000 people. STS-95: Former astronaut John Glenn returns to space, as a payload specialist.
December 4 – The Space Shuttle launches the first American component to the Endeavour International Space Station, the 25,600 pounds (11,600 kg) Unity module on STS-88. It docks with Zarya two days later.
December 6 – Hugo Chávez, politician and former member of the Venezuelan military, is elected President of Venezuela.
December 14 – The Yugoslav Army ambushes a column of 140 Kosovo Liberation Army militants attempting to smuggle arms from Albania into Kosovo, killing 36.
December 16 – Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
December 17 – Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
December 18 – Mario Party is released in Japan.
December 19 – The U.S. House of Representatives forwards articles of impeachment against President Clinton to the Senate, making him the second president to be impeached in the nation's history.
December 29 – Khmer Rouge leaders apologize for the post- Vietnam War genocide in Cambodia that killed more than one million people in the 1970s. December 31
leap second since June 30, 1997, occurs. In the Eurozone, the currency rates of this day are fixed permanently.
January 1 – Sara Ahmed, Egyptian weightlifter
January 2 – Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Dutch footballer
January 3 – Patrick Cutrone, Italian footballer 
January 4 – Liza Soberano, Filipino actress and singer
January 9 – Kerris Dorsey, American actress and singer
January 12 – Juan Foyth, Argentine footballer
January 13 – Gabrielle Daleman, Canadian figure skater
January 17 – Anthony Zambrano, Colombian sprinter
January 20 – Frances Tiafoe, American tennis player
January 28 – Ariel Winter, American actress and voice actress January 31
April 3 – Paris Jackson, American actress and model
April 6 – Peyton List, American actress and model
April 8 – Renan Lodi, Brazilian footballer
April 9 – Elle Fanning, American actress and model
April 15 – Dorsa Derakhshani, Iranian chess player
April 19 – Patrik Laine, Finnish ice hockey player
April 21 – Jarrett Allen, American basketball player
April 24 – Ryan Newman, American actress and model
April 26 – Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Polish chess grandmaster April 30 – Olivia DeJonge, Australian actress
July 7 – Dylan Sprayberry, American actor
July 9 – Robert Capron, American actor
July 12 – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Canadian basketball player
July 16 – Rina Matsuno, Japanese singer, model, and actress (d. 2017)
July 18 – Devin Bush Jr., American football player
July 21 – Kim Magnus, South Korean Olympic cross-country skier
July 23 – Deandre Ayton, Bahamian basketball player
July 24 – Bindi Irwin, Australian television personality and conservationist
July 28 – Frank Ntilikina, French basketball player July 31 – Rico Rodriguez, American actor
December 2 – Juice Wrld, American rapper and singer (d. 2019) 
December 5 – Conan Gray, American singer
December 4 – Si Yajie, Chinese diver
December 6 – Joe Fraser, British artistic gymnast
December 14 – Maggie Voisin, American freestyle skier
December 16 – Zhou Jieqiong, Chinese singer
December 17 – Martin Ødegaard, Norwegian footballer
December 18 – Simona Quadarella, Italian swimmer
December 19 – Frans Jeppsson Wall, Swedish singer
December 20 – Kylian Mbappé, French football player
December 22 – G Hannelius, American actress and singer
December 24 – Nikita Howarth, New Zealand paralympic swimmer
December 28 – Jared Gilman, American actor
January 5 - Sonny Bono, American singer, actor, and politician (b. 1935)
January 6 - Georgy Sviridov, Soviet and Russian composer (b. 1915)
January 7 - Vladimir Prelog, Croatian chemist (b. 1906)
January 8 - Michael Tippett, English composer (b. 1905)
January 9 - Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist (b. 1918)
January 11 - Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (b. 1926)
January 19 - Carl Perkins, American guitarist (b. 1932)
January 21 - Jack Lord, American actor (b. 1920)
January 26 - Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese musician and educator (b. 1898) January 28 - Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga artist (b. 1938)
April 5 - Cozy Powell, English rock drummer (b. 1947)
April 11 - Rodney Harvey, American actor and model (b. 1967)
April 13 - Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfing pioneer (b. 1960)
April 15 - Pol Pot, 30th Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea and Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader (b. 1925)
April 17 - Linda McCartney, American photographer and musician (b. 1941)
April 18 - Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
April 19 - Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer (b. 1914)
April 21 - Jean-François Lyotard, French philosopher, sociologist, and literary theorist (b. 1924)
April 25 - Christian Mortensen, Danish supercentenarian (b. 1882)
April 30 - Nizar Qabbani, Syrian diplomat, poet and publisher (b. 1923)
May 1 - Eldridge Cleaver, American political activist and writer (b. 1935)
May 5 - Frithjof Schuon, Swiss author, poet and painter (b. 1907)
May 8 - Johannes Kotkas, Estonian heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler (b. 1915)
May 9 - Alice Faye, American actress and singer (b. 1915)
May 10 - Clara Rockmore, American musician (b. 1911)
May 15 - Naim Talu, 15th Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1919)
May 19 - S?suke Uno, 47th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1922)
May 21 - Douglas Fowley, American actor (b. 1911)
May 22 - John Derek, American actor and film director (b. 1926)
May 28 - Phil Hartman, Canadian-American actor, writer, and comedian (b. 1948) May 29
June 2 - Junkyard Dog, American pro wrestler (b. 1952)
June 5 - Jeanette Nolan, American actress (b. 1911)
June 8 - Sani Abacha, 10th President of Nigeria (b. 1943)
June 9 - Lois Mailou Jones, African-American artist (b. 1905)
June 10 - Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
June 11 - Dame Catherine Cookson, English author (b. 1906)
June 13 - Birger Ruud, Norwegian athlete (b. 1911)
June 20 - Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (b. 1942)
June 23 - Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish-American actress (b. 1911) June 25 - Lounès Matoub, Algerian Berber singer (b. 1956)
July 3 - Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
July 6 - Roy Rogers, American singer and actor (b. 1911)
July 8 - Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player, author, and feminist (b. 1905)
July 14 - Nguy?n Ng?c Loan, South Vietnamese general (b. 1930)
July 17 - Joseph Maher, Irish-born American actor (b. 1933)
July 22 - Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
July 27 - Binnie Barnes, British-born American actress (b. 1903)
July 29 - Jerome Robbins, American choreographer and director (b. 1918) July 30 - Buffalo Bob Smith, American children's television host (b. 1917)
September 1 - Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (b. 1921)
September 6 - Akira Kurosawa, Japanese screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1910)
September 8 - Leonid Kinskey, Russian-born actor (b. 1903)
September 9 - Lucio Battisti, Italian singer (b. 1943)
September 11 - Dane Clark, American actor (b. 1912)
September 13 - George Wallace, American politician (b. 1919)
September 15 - Fred Alderman, American sprint runner (b. 1905)
September 17 - Gustav Nezval, Czech actor (b. 1907)
September 19 - Patricia Hayes, British character actress and comedian (b. 1909)
September 20 - Muriel Humphrey Brown, American politician (b. 1912)
September 21 - Florence Griffith Joyner, American runner (b. 1959)
September 23 - Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1943)
September 26 - Betty Carter, American jazz singer (b. 1929) September 30
October 3 - Roddy McDowall, British-born American actor (b. 1928)
October 6 - Rolan Bykov, Soviet and Russian actor, director and producer (b. 1929)
October 9 - Ian Johnson, Australian cricketer (b. 1917)
October 10 - Clark Clifford, American lawyer and politician (b. 1906)
October 11 - Richard Denning, American actor (b. 1914)
October 12 - Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
October 16 - Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
October 17 - Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
October 22 - Eric Ambler, British writer (b. 1909)
October 24 - Pino Dordoni, Italian athlete (b. 1926)
October 26 - Kenkichi Iwasawa, Japanese mathematician (b. 1917)
October 27 - Reidar Kvammen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1914)
October 29 - Ted Hughes, English poet (b. 1930) October 30 - Apo Lazaridès, French cyclist (b. 1925)
December 1 - Freddie Young, American cinematographer (b. 1902)
December 2 - Mikio Oda, Japanese athlete (b. 1905)
December 6 - César Baldaccini, French sculptor (b. 1921)
December 7 - Martin Rodbell, American scientist (b. 1925)
December 8 - Michael Craze, British actor (b 1942)
December 9 - Archie Moore, American professional boxer (b. 1916)
December 12 - Lawton Chiles, American politician (b. 1930)
December 14 - Norman Fell, American actor (b. 1924)
December 16 - William Gaddis, American writer (b. 1922)
December 18 - Lev Dyomin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1926)
December 29 - Don Taylor, American actor and film director (b. 1920) December 30 - Keisuke Kinoshita, Japanese film director (b. 1912)
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