1998 (MCMXCVIII, in Roman numerals) was a common year of the 20th century that began on a Thursday, according to the Gregorian calendar. Its Sunday letter was D. Shrove Tuesday took place on February 24th and Easter Sunday on April 12th. According to the Chinese horoscope, it was the year of the Tiger, starting on January 28.
International Year of the Ocean, by the ONU. Senator Benedita da Silva is the first woman to preside the session of the National Congress of Brazil.
The 50th Anniversary of the 1st passage of the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fátima is celebrated in the Cathedral of Angra, Angra do Heroísmo. .
January 16 - The movie Titanic, one of the most iconic in history, premieres in Brazilian cinemas.
February 14 - Fidel Castro orders the release of 318 political and common criminal prisoners.
February 7-22 - XVIII Winter Olympics, Nagano, Japan.
February 22 - Collapse of the Palace II building, in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Experts came to the conclusion that the building had miscalculations and was built with beach sand.
March 2 - Abduction of Austrian Natascha Kampusch in Vienna.
March 4 - Disappearance of the young Portuguese Rui Pedro in the city of Lousada, in what became known as the Rui Pedro Case.
March 10 - US soldiers stationed in the Persian Gulf begin receiving their first vaccinations against anthrax (or anthrax).
April 3 - Launch in Brazil of Central do Brasil, one of the most acclaimed Brazilian films.
10 April - Signing of the Belfast Agreement.
5th of May - Foundation of the Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas.
May 7 - Apple announces the launch of the new iMac computer.
May 12 - Beginning of the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea (which would end in the year 2000).
May 14 - Death of Frank Sinatra.
22nd of May - Beginning of Expo98, in Lisbon.
June 10 - The 1998 FIFA World Cup begins
June 25 - Microsoft officially launches the Windows 98 operating system
July 6 - Kai Tak International Airport is closed. July 9 - Strong earthquake shakes the islands of Faial, Pico and São Jorge, Azores. had a magnitude of 5.6 Richter with an epicenter NNE of the island of Faial. It caused major landslides of coastal cliffs. 1700 people were displaced.July 12 - The 1998 FIFA World Cup in France is over, the champion was France, beating Brazil 3-0 in the final.
August 7 - Terrorist attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
August 26 - Vasco wins the Copa Libertadores after a 2-1 victory over Barcelona S.C.
September 2 - Tragedy with Swissair flight 111, which crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. The flight was a regular passenger route from New York (JFK) to Geneva (GVA). A fire caused by a short circuit was responsible for the crash of the aircraft. September 4 - The Google company is born.
September 27 - The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) under Gerhard Schröder wins elections in the Federal Republic of Germany.
October 4 - Fernando Henrique Cardoso is re-elected President of Brazil.
October 16 - Former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet is arrested in the UK.
October 27 - Gerhard Schröder replaces Helmut Kohl as Chancellor of Germany, Kohl was the longest-serving chancellor in German history after World War II ruling the country for 16 years, running from 1982 to 1998.
November 21 - In Japan, the video game developed and published by Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, was released for the Nintendo 64.
November 27 - In Japan, Sega launches its latest video game the Dreamcast.
December 2 — Amber Frank,