1998

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1998 was the 127th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.

Contents

Events

Establishments

Business

Media

Sports

Works

Books

Buildings

Music

Individuals

Births

Awards

Graduations

Deaths

See also List of Birmingham homicides in 1998

See also

Context

1998 was the "International Year of the Ocean". California banned smoking in all bars and restaurants. Ted Kacszinsky pleaded guilty to a string of letter bombs. The Broncos beat the Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII. Ford bought Volvo. A USMC EA-6B Prowler cut a cable car line in Cavalese, Italy, killing 20. The S&P index broke 1000 for the first time. The Winter Olympic games were held in Nagano, Japan. Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500. Viagra was approved by the FDA. The iMac was launched by Apple Computer. Seinfeld aired its final episode. Michael Jordan played his last game for the Chicago Bulls. The International Criminal Court was founded. France won the FIFA World Cup. US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Al-Qaeda. Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris' record of 61 home runs in a season. Jesse Ventura became governor of Minnesota. John Glenn returned to outer space for Discovery mission STS-95. Daimler-Benz merged with Chrysler. President Clinton was impeached over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Exxon merged with Mobil Oil. The Petronas Towers were completed in Kuala Lumpur.

Deaths in 1998 included those of Sonny Bono, Carl Perkins, Harry Carey, Benjamin Spock, Pol Pot, Frank Sinatra, Phil Hartman, Barry Goldwater, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. The top-grossing films included Armageddon, Saving Private Ryan, and There's Something About Mary. Shakespeare in Love won the "Best Picture" Oscar. Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for American Pastoral.

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