All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke-free
Mongolia switches from a 46 hour to 40 hour work week
US Census Bureau estimates population at 268,921,733
Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
The European Central Bank is established.
Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine
"Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
"Funny Thing Happened," closes at St James NYC after 715 perform
"Ivanov," closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 51 performances
"Triumph of Love," closes at Royale Theater NYC
Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec & Ontario
Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
Barry Switzer resigns as Dallas Cowboy coach
Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton
NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position
Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer
World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life
Anatoly Karpov defeats Viswanathan Anand to retain chess title
Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov spacewalk record 3 hrs 8 mins
Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving
Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned
Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever
18th United Negro College Fund raises (rebroadcasted Jan 17th)
"Proposals," closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
AFC Championship: Denver Broncos beat Pitt Steelers 24-21
NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers beat SF 49'ers 23-10
US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed.
24th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)
Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
"Patti LaBelle On Broadway," opens at St James Theater NYC
CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years
100th episode of "Ellen," airs
Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge
Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).
NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers
President Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones
"Ragtime," opens at Ford Theater NYC
48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver
ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando
Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00
Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles
Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming
Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild
Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time
STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe
Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba
"Grease," closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance
"Patti LaBelle On Broadway," closes at St James Theater NYC
Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement
Helen Alfredsson wins Office Depot LPGA tournament
Spice Girl Victoria Adams (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged
Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers 31-24
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.
25th American Music Award: Spice Girls & Babyface win
Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip
President Bill Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"
Crane crashes into Roosevelt Island tram (NYC), injuring 10
Roland Clarkson discovers 2^3021377-1 (37th known Mersenne prime)
WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock
Michelangelo, "Christ & the Woman of Samaria," sold for $7.4 million
"Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR
Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die
Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed
All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
Paul Simon's "The Capeman," premieres
72nd Australian Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats C Martinez (63 63)
STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands
"Street Corner Symphony," closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 perf
86th Australian Mens Tennis: Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (62 62 62)
Australian Mixed: J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (62 61)
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 29-24
Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli's is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals
NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
Stamps commemorating Princess Diana go on sale in Britain
US military plane clips cable car lines in northern Italy, kills 20
Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby
Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)
Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years
In Corsica, the prefect Claude Erignac is assassinated in Ajaccio, presumably by Yvan Colonna.
Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.
18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano Japan
NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC
NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics
Failed assassination attempt on Georgian Pres Eduard Shevardnadze
6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win
AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law.
KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview
Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997," auctioned for $442,500
"Freak," opens at Cort Theater NYC
250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt
Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional
Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
Daytona 500 race
Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
Soyuz TM-26 lands
US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
UN Sec-Gen Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)
Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
"King & I," closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances
18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31
Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.
Elton John knighted
NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics
Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist
Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen
Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
Apple discontinues developing Newton computer
FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
Britain's House of Lords agree's to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win
14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
"View From the Bridge," closes at Criterion Theater NYC
Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points
First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
"Art," opens at Royale Theater NYC
Australian Ladies Masters Golf
Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee
Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
1st time the British flag is flown over Buckingham Palace
Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Conn state lottery
The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in "Titanic") with their Founders Award
"Sound of Music," opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran.
"Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater NYC
Welch's/Circle K Golf Championship
Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.
"Ah Wilderness!" opens at Vivian Beaumont theater
Good Friday Agreement signed in Northern Ireland.
18th Golden Raspberry Awards: The Postman wins
70th Academy Awards - "Titanic," Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt win
Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.
A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at Kemper Arena KC
27th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship
Vasco da Gama Road bridge opens in Lisbon, Portugal as the longest bridge in Europe
60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Alamodome San Antonio
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1st game they host Detroit Tigers
World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Minn
World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Minn
World Ice Dance Figure Skating Championship in Minn
NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
10th Seniors Golf Tradition:
Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish goverments
62nd Golf Masters Championship: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279
An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.
59th PGA Seniors Golf Championship:
TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
33rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait wins
15th Miss Hawaiian Tropic crowned
124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20
The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.
Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, in addition to the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
Last episode of seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)
124th Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80
44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak
David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins
United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
Suharto, the Indonesian dictator who had ruled for 32 years, resigns.
Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.
The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton
The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.
Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths.
Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).
"The Truman Show", starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris, is released
130th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Victory Gallop wins in 2:29
68th French Womens Tennis:
68th French Mens Tennis:
James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
52nd Tony Awards: The Lion King & 'Art' win
Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
"Comic Relief" benefit comedy show
World Bowl in Frankfurt Germany
52nd NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 4 games to 2
32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus wins
98th US Golf Open: Lee Janzen shoots a 280 at Olympic Club SF
In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.
Opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
Sega Channel, cable's 1st on-demand video game service, closes down
105th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat (6-4 7-6)
53rd US Women's Open Golf Championship at Blackwolf Run GC, Kohler WI
112th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats G Ivanišević (6-7 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-2)
Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.
69th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-8 at Coors Field, Denver
Roman Catholic sex abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos.
16th Seniors Players Golf Championship:
Jamie Farr Kroger Golf Classic
France beats Brazil 3-0 for soccer's 16th World Cup (1st title)
Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London
Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party
Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died
127th British Golf Open: Mark O'Meara shoots a 280 at Royal Birkdale
JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban.
Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
19th US Senior Golf Open ends at Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif
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26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton
30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl
The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC
The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei.
Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela
Winnie Mandela sued by the South Africa government
Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, killed 29 people and injured about 220
80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club
Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.
South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden
The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
U.S. embassy bombings: the United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate.
State Farm Rail Golf Classic
North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.
Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.
The UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide.
Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University
Jerry Lewis' 33rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises
15th MTV Awards: Madonna & Will Smith wins
Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.
Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games.
112th US Womens Tennis
118th US Mens Tennis
SAFECO Golf Classic
50th Emmy Awards: The Practice, Frasier, Andre Braugher & Christine Lahti win
Week of Fed Cup
Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom complete their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.
With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is formed.
32nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait wins
Core States Betsy King Golf Classic
Google is launched.
Vladimir Putin became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found tied to a fence after being savagely beaten by two young adults in Laramie, Wyoming.
Oslo Gardermoen airport opening after the close down of Fornebu.
A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people.
NY Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.
At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf
The Earth Liberation Front sets fire to the Vail Mountain ski resort in Vail, Colorado, causing $12 million in damage.
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement.
Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
An Air China (Mainland China) jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.
Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
While en route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight with a crew of 6 and 33 passengers is hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. The plane instead lands in Ankara after the pilot tricked the hijacker into thinking that he was landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia to refuel.
Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras.
Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.
Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
Nichirei Golf International
The European Court of Human Rights is instituted.
Japan Golf Classic
Brokerage houses are ordered to pay 1.03 billion USD to cheated NASDAQ investors to compensate for their price-fixing. This is the largest civil settlement in United States history.
Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences.
NY Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak
Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol.
Monica Lewinsky signs a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with US President Clinton
Tori Amos release a compilation of her videos, "Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998"
Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"
Mariah Carey releases "#1's"
Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for $71.5 million USD.
Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.
A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched.
86th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 26-24
Agreement between Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his rival, prince Norodom Ranariddh.
Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament.
The people of Albania vote for their new Constitution in a referendum.
Deutsche Bank announces a $10 billion USDdeal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world.
Exxon announces a $73.7 billion USD deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company.
The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
JC Penney Golf Classic
Hugo Chávez Frías, Venezuelan military and politician, is elected President of Venezuela.
87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1)
Tadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
Thai Airways Airbus A310-200 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101
Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.
Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.
Wendy's Three-Tour Golf Challenge
Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.
Severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power outages in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.
Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million.
US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year
Exchange rates between the euro and legacy currencies in the Eurozone become fixed.
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