• August 7, 1998 - U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania are bombed, killing 224 people and injuring over 4,500. The bombings are linked to Osama Bin Laden.

  • August 20 - The United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged Al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.

  • September 2 - A United Nations court finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide, marking the first time that the 1948 law banning genocide is enforced.

  • September 7 - Google Inc. is founded.

  • October 6 - Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student, is found tied to a fence, the victim of gay-bashing. He dies on Monday, October 12, becoming a symbol of victims of gay-bashing and sparking public reflection on homophobia.

  • October 29 - In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.

  • October 29 - Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off with 77-year-old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space. Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in 1962.

  • October 29 - While en route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight is hijacked by a Kurdish militant, who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. The plane instead lands in Ankara after the pilot tricks the hijacker into thinking that he was landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia to refuel.

  • October 31 - The Iraq disarmament crisis begins when Iraq announces it will no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.

  • November 5 - The journal Nature publishes a genetic study showing compelling evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered his slave Sally Hemings' son, Eston Hemings Jefferson.

  • November 19 - The U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton for lying about his relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky.

  • November 24 - America Online announces it will acquire Netscape Communications in a stock-for-stock transaction worth $4.2 billion.

  • December 4 - Chinese government puts Lin Hai on trial for "inciting the overthrow of state power" by providing 30,000 email addresses to a U.S. internet magazine. He is later sentenced to two years in jail.

  • December 6 - Hugo Chávez Frías, Venezuelan politician and ex-paratrooper, is elected President of Venezuela.

  • 1998 - U.S. AIDS deaths drop to 17,000 this year due to drug therapies; AIDS drops to the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S.

  • December 29, 1998 - Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives in the 1970s.

  • 1998 - The earth's human population surpasses six billion.

  • January 1, 1999 - The Euro currency is introduced.

  • January 20 - The China News Service announces new government restrictions on internet use aimed especially at internet cafes.

  • February 12 - President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

  • February - Amazon.Com founder Jeff Bezos, with a fortune estimated at $10.1 billion, reaches number 19 on Forbes' global rich list.

  • February 22 - First internet Bank of Indiana, the first full-service bank available only on the internet, opens for business.

  • February 23 - White supremacist John William King is found guilty of kidnapping and killing African American James Byrd Jr. by dragging him behind a truck for two miles.

  • February 27 - Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since 1983.

  • March 1 - The Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines comes into force.

  • March 12 - Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic join NATO.

  • March 22 - U.S. pro-euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian goes on trial for murder in Pontiac, Michigan. He is later convicted of second-degree murder.

  • March 23 - Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's vice president, Luis Maria Argana.

  • March 24 - NATO launches air strikes in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which has refused to sign a peace treaty. This marks the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.

  • March 26 - The Melissa worm attacks the internet.

  • March 29 - For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark, at 10,006.78.

  • April 5 - In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and murder in order to avoid a possible death penalty conviction for the hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard.

  • April 7 - Kosovo's main border crossings are closed by Serbian forces to prevent ethnic Albanians from leaving.

  • April 20 - Two Littleton, Colorado teenagers open fire on their teachers and fellow students at Columbine High School. The teenagers kill 12 students and one teacher, then turn their guns on themselves.

  • May 7 - In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.

  • May 17 - Ehud Barak is elected prime minister of Israel.

  • May 27 - The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milosevic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.

  • May 28 - In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo de Vinci's newly-restored masterpiece, "The Last Supper," is put back on display.

  • June 9 - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty. NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milosevic agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.

  • June 18, 1999 - Activists internet-wide target the world's financial centers, timed to coincide with the G8 Summit. Little actual impact is reported.

Prizes 1998-1999

  • Nobel Prize for Literature: José Saramago
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Philip Roth, American Pastoral
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Charles Wright, Black Zodiac

More Technology News 1998-1999

  • Open source software comes of age
  • Emerging Technologies: E-Trade, XML, Intrusion Detection

Source for world timeline: www.wikipedia.org. Source for internet timeline: Hobbes' Internet Timeline 7.0

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