Find out what all happened January to December 1998

In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional. (25. June 1998)

The Second Congo War begins. (2. August 1998)

James Byrd, Jr., of Texas was killed by white supremacists who dragged him behind a pickup truck on asphalt pavement. (7. June 1998)

Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Oireachtas, the parliament of Ireland. (26. November 1998)

The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy. (2. May 1998)

The Gothenburg nightclub fire in Sweden kills 63 and injures 200. (29. October 1998)

Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo. (28. February 1998)

An Air China jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan. (28. October 1998)

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 is landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia to refuel. (29. October 1998)

In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker. (21. May 1998)

Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for US$71.5 million. (19. November 1998)

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. (20. November 1998)

Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University. (4. September 1998)

The Google internet search engine retrospectively claims this as its birthday. (27. September 1998)

Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities. (29. October 1998)

President Soeharto of Indonesia resigns following the killing of students from Tri Sakti University earlier that week by security forces and growing mass protests in Jakarta against his ongoing corrupt rule. (21. May 1998)

Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games. (11. September 1998)

A suicide attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth kills eight and injures 25 others. (25. January 1998)

Four students are shot at Trisakti University, leading to widespread riots and the fall of Suharto (12. May 1998)

President Bill Clinton is impeached by the United States House of Representatives, becoming the second President of the United States to be impeached. (19. December 1998)

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