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1998 News Headlines

DateEvent
6th January 1998The ‘Lunar Prospector’ spacecraft is launched into orbit around the Moon. It later finds evidence for frozen water in the soil of the permanently shadowed craters near the Moon's poles.
28th January 1998Ford Motor Company announces the buyout of Volvo Cars for $6.45 billion.
4th February 1998An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale kills more than 5,000 people in northeast Afghanistan.
7-22nd February 1998The 1998 Winter Olympics are held in Nagano, Japan.
7th April 1998George Michael is arrested in a public toilet at Will Rogers Memorial Park, California, for committing a lewd act in front of a police officer. This incident leads to him coming out as gay following years of speculation.
10th April 1998On Good Friday, eighteen hours after the end of the talks deadline, the Belfast Agreement is signed between the Irish and British governments and most Northern Ireland political parties, with the notable exception of the Democratic Unionist Party.
14th May 1998Frank Sinatra, American entertainer (b. 1915) dies.
26th May 1998Bear Grylls, 23, becomes the youngest British climber to scale the top of Mount Everest.
12th July 1998France defeats Brazil 3-0 to win the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
15th August 1998The Real IRA detonates a car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killing twenty-nine people and injuring over two hundred.
7th September 1998Google Inc. is founded by Stanford University Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
1st October 1998Sky Digital launches in the United Kingdom.
1st November 1998The European Court of Human Rights is instituted.
9th November 1998The death penalty is formally abolished in the United Kingdom.
26th November 1998Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Dáil Éireann, the Republic of Ireland's parliament.
1st December 1998Exxon announces a $73.7 billion deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil; the second-largest company in the world on revenue.
29th December 1998Khmer Rouge leaders apologize for the genocide in Cambodia that claimed over one million lives in the 1970s.


There are many events of particular interest in this year to help you decide on a newspaper date to choose. From the Good Friday peace agreement in Northern Island to France’s World Cup Win, our 1998 headlines capture incredible moments throughout history as they were originally reported.

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