1998

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July 6, 2022

1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on a Thursday in the Gregorian calendar. It was also the number 1998 anno Dómini or of the designation of the Christian Era, in addition to the ninety-ninety-eighth of the second millennium, the ninety-eighth of the 20th century and the ninth of the 1990s. It was declared the International Year of the Ocean by the Organization of the United Nations,[1] and it was also the year of the tiger according to the Chinese horoscope.

Ephemeris

October 27: 50th anniversary in Peru of the coup perpetrated by Manuel A. Odría against José Luis Bustamante y Rivero. November 11: 80th anniversary of the end of World War I December 10: 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Events

January

January 2: New Russian rubles begin to circulate to contain inflation and promote confidence. January 2: in Mexico, President Ernesto Zedillo dismisses the Secretary of the Interior Emilio Chuayffet, responsible for the Acteal Massacre that occurred eleven days earlier. January 6: In Algeria, during the first week of the month of Ramadan, armed fundamentalist groups kill more than 500 people. January 6: in Ecatepec (Mexico) the construction of the cathedral begins. January 7 – The United States launches the Lunar Prospector spacecraft to orbit the Moon. You'll discover evidence of frozen water in permanently shadowed craters (more than 200°C below zero) near the poles. January 8 – In the United States, Ramzi Yousef is sentenced to life in prison for planning the first attack on the Twin Towers in 1993. January 10: a strong earthquake violently hits Guatemala, causing severe damage in some departments such as Quetzaltenango, Sacatepequez and Guatemala City. January 11: General elections are held in Cuba with a turnout of 98.35% of the electoral roll. January 12: leaders of the Communist Party of Chile present the first lawsuit against the dictator and General Augusto Pinochet. January 20: The first Community Development Bank is created in Brazil, named Banco Palmas January 21-25: Pope John Paul II makes a pastoral visit to Cuba. January 25: the Monumental stadium in Guayaquil reaches a historic capacity of 91,283 people on the final date of the final hexagonal of the 1997 Ecuadorian Soccer Championship. January 27: in Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Carlos Roberto Flores assumes as president of Honduras.

February

February 1 – In Sri Lanka, the army kills more than 3,000 Tamil rebels during a battle in the north of the country. February 2: in Costa Rica, the liberal Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría wins the presidential elections. February 3: In the United States, Karla Tucker, sentenced to death for double murder, becomes the second woman executed since the restoration of capital punishment in 1976. February 4 – In Bosnia Herzegovina, the government unveils the new flag, where national or religious symbols have been removed. February 4: in Bogotá (Colombia), the organization Amnesty International (AI) announces the closure of its office in this capital, due to the growing threats received. February 4: in Portugal, the Assembly approves by a simple majority the bill to decriminalize abortion during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. February 4: a combination of three drugs, used in adults with satisfactory results in controlling the AIDS virus, is successfully tested in children. February 5: in the new financial area of ​​Caracas (Venezuela), the 14-story Europa Tower is destroyed by fire. February 6: in Corsica two terrorists assassinate the Prefect of the French State, Claude Erignac, after the breaking of the armed truce announced by the National Liberation Front of Corsica. February 7 – German Chancellor Helmut K.