1998

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May 25, 2022

1998 (MCMXCVIII in Roman numerals) is a year of the 20th century.

Events

January

January 2 - the Russian government puts new rubles into circulation to curb inflation and boost confidence. January 4 - Lithuanian-American Valdas Adamkus is elected president in Lithuania. January 13 - Alfredo Ormando sets himself on fire in St. Peter's Square to protest the attitude of the Catholic Church towards homosexuals, he dies ten days later. January 14 - a moratorium on mining and oil exploration in Antarctica is signed by 26 nations. January 17 - Paula Jones accuses US President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. January 20 - in Dubai, following an artificial insemination, the first cama is born, a hybrid produced by the mating of a male camelid (precisely a dromedary) and a female llama. January 21 - apostolic visit of Pope John Paul II to the island of Cuba. It is the first major Catholic demonstration in Cuba since the revolution.

February

February 3 Val di Fiemme, Italy: a Grumman EA-6B Prowler, a US military aircraft under the command of Captain Richard J. Ashby, which departed from the Aviano base, cuts the cable of the Cermis cable car. 20 dead, the only survivor was the driver. The incident will be remembered as the Cermis massacre. Karla Faye Tucker is the first woman executed in the US since 1984. February 7-22 - Nagano, Japan: XVIII Olympic Games February 12 - in Sierra Leone the troops of the ECOMOG (Economic Community of West Africa) free the country from the control of the coup junta of Johnny Paul Koromah. February 28 - Italy: With the song "Without you or with you", Annalisa Minetti wins the 48th Sanremo Festival.

March

March 23 - James Cameron's colossal Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, wins eleven Oscars out of 14 nominations, equaling Ben-Hur's previous record, which ran since 1960.

April

April 1 - The "Kreutzer Strad" is sold for 947,500 pounds (over 1.3 million euros) at Christie's in London. It is the highest price ever paid for a violin made by the Cremonese luthier Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737). April 5 - Japan: the $ 3.8 billion Akashi-Kaikyō bridge connecting Shikoku with Honshu opens to traffic, making it the largest suspension bridge in the world.

May

1 May - Brussels: Ecofin meets to approve the list of Euro countries. 2 May - official birth of the single European currency with a communiqué from the European Council of Ministers. May 5th in Italy, the localities of Sarno, Quindici, Bracigliano and Siano are hit by a very serious landslide phenomenon, consisting of rapid mudslides, the event causing the destruction of many homes and the death of 137 people in Sarno alone. New Caledonia: signing of the Numea agreement. May 6 - Italy: Società Sportiva Lazio is the first Italian football club to be listed on the Milan Stock Exchange in the FTSE Italia Small Cap index. May 9 - Israel wins the Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Birmingham, UK. May 10 - Turin: By beating Bologna 3-2, Juventus won the Scudetto for the twenty-fifth time. May, 20th Indonesia: Suharto resigns after 32 years as president of Indonesia. He is succeeded by his deputy Jusuf Habibe. 1998 Champions League final: Real Madrid wins over Juventus 1 to 0 at the Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. 22 May - Expo 1998 begins in the city of Lisbon. May 26 - Australia: National Sorry Day established to make known the wrongs committed against indigenous families and in memory of the mistreatment of Aboriginal people. May 30 - A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits northern Afghanistan killing more than 5,000 people.

June

June 1st The Cen Bank is established