Timeline 1998 January - March

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1998        The UN and the US Congress designated this year as "the year of the Ocean."
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.C10)

1998        Jan 1, The 109th Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena was held and Univ. of Michigan beat Washington State 21-16, Florida State downed Ohio State 31-14 in the Sugar Bowl.
    (SFC, 1/2/98, p.A1,22)(AP, 1/1/08)
1998        Jan 1, A new anti-smoking law went into effect in California, prohibiting people from lighting up in bars.
    (AP, 1/1/99)
1998        Jan 1, Scientists of the Supernova Cosmology Project (SCP) reported in Nature that the apparent fate of the universe is endless expansion.
    (CW, Spring ‘99, p.6)
1998        Jan 1, Some 1-2 thousand Hutu rebels attacked a military base and near the main airport and 150 civilians, 30 rebels and 2 soldiers were reported killed. Later reports said as many as 300 were killed and that the army had sealed up the area.
    (WSJ, 1/2/98, p.A1)(SFC, 1/2/98, p.A14)(SFC, 1/3/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 1, In Brazil the new law making all Brazilian adults potential organ donors went into effect. New traffic laws also went into effect. It was reported that 50,000 people die annually from car accidents because drivers routinely ignore traffic laws.
    (SFC, 1/7/98, p.A8)(SFEC, 2/1/98, p.T12)
1998        Jan 1, In Chechnya the president asked Shamil Basayev to form a government.
    (WSJ, 1/2/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 1, In Italy navy patrols intercepted a 2nd ship with 386 refugees, mostly Kurds,
    (WSJ, 1/2/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 1, Mongolia switched from a 46 hour to 40 hour work week.
    (MC, 1/1/02)
1998        Jan 1, In Russia the government knocked 3 zeroes off the national currency. The old ruble notes will be exchangeable until 2002.
    (SFC, 1/2/98, p.A15)

1998        Jan 2, The defense in the Terry Nichols trial rested its case in the penalty phase after calling nine witnesses who pleaded for his life. Nichols had already been convicted of conspiracy, which carried a potential death sentence, and involuntary manslaughter for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. Nichols was sentenced to life in prison on federal convictions of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter involving the deaths of eight federal law enforcement officers. He was later convicted of state murder charges in Oklahoma, and sentenced to 161 consecutive life sentences.
    (AP, 1/2/99)(AP, 1/2/08)
1998        Jan 2, In Canada Mayor Mel Lastman began running the new municipality of greater Toronto.
    (SFC,12/897, p.A18)
1998        Jan 2, In the Czech Republic Josef Tosovsky was sworn in as the prime minister. He pledged economic reforms, privatization, and efforts to fight crime and corruption.
    (SFC, 1/3/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 2, Italy pledged to grant political asylum to genuine Kurdish immigrants. Another 1,300 were scheduled to soon arrive from Turkey. German and Austrian officials feared the immigrants would spill over to their countries.
    (SFC, 1/3/98, p.A9)
1998        Jan 2, In Mexico Judge Maria Claudia Campuzano freed 5 suspects who were held in connection with the Dec 15 murder of John Peter Zarate. The judge claimed conflicting evidence as grounds for the release.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A10)

1998        Jan 3, Peter Christoff, Prof. of Russian history at SF State Univ., died at age 86. His dissertation was on Alexander Herzen and Mikhail Bakunin and he later specialized on the Slavophil movement, which attempted to reinforce Orthodox Christian values and Slavic cultural traditions in the former USSR. His main work was a 4-volume "History of Russian Slavism."
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.A19)
1998        Jan 3, In Meknassa, Algeria, a 117 people were killed. In Chekala some 200 people were killed. Villagers fled their homes and sought shelter in big-city public squares.
    (SFC, 1/7/98, p.A8)

1998        Jan 4, The History of the Future Museum, a part of the Star Trek: The Experience, a $70 million attraction, was scheduled to open at the Las Vegas Hilton.
    (SFEC,12/28/97, Par p.18)
1998        Jan 4, In Oakland, Ca., Dante Jones (2) died of internal bleeding. Damon Valery was later convicted of the boy’s murder. Investigators said he had beaten his girlfriend’s nephew as punishment over toilet-training problems. Valery (40) died in prison in 2012.
    (SFC, 3/8/12, p.C3)
1998        Jan 4, Four residents of Vallejo, Ca., were injured by a bomb disguised as a batch of holiday goodies left a front porch.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A14)
1998        Jan 4, Actress Mae Questel (89), who had supplied the voices of cartoon characters Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, died in New York.
    (AP, 1/4/08)
1998        Jan 4, In Canada Nirmal Singh Gill (65) was found beaten and bleeding in the parking lot of a Sikh temple in Surrey near Vancouver. He soon died. 5 young men linked to a white supremacist group, White Power,  were later jailed on charges of murder.
    (SFC, 4/23/98, p.A16)
1998        Jan 4, In Israel David Levy, the foreign minister, resigned. He denounced Netanyahu’s government for abandoning the peace process and not addressing problems with the poor and unemployed.
    (SFC, 1/5/98, p.A1)

1998        Jan 5, Balloonist Steve Fosset was forced down in Russia after completing 7,300 miles in four days in his effort to circle the globe.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A3)
1998        Jan 5, Volkswagen rolled out a new version of the Beetle at the annual Detroit Auto Show.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A2)
1998        Jan 5, Sonny Bono (62), former 1960's pop singer and later Republican congressman, died when he struck a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Mary Bono later revealed that he was a heavy user of pain pills. His gravestone contained the epithet: "And the beat goes on."
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A1)(SFC, 11/20/98, p.A5)(AP, 1/5/99)(SFEC, 5/16/99, Par p.2)
1998        Jan 5, A Canada ice storm knocked out electricity in Quebec & Ontario.
    (MC, 1/5/02)
1998        Jan 5, In China Stanford scholar Hua Di (63) was arrested in Beijing on charges of treason for allegedly leaking military secrets. Di was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1999. In 2000 the High Court ordered the lower court to retry Di because the evidence did not warrant his conviction.
    (SFC, 10/29/98, p.A23)(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A12)(SFC, 4/4/00, p.A1)
1998        Jan 5, In Denmark the bronze head of the Little Mermaid was again sawed off in Copenhagen harbor.
    (SFC, 1/7/98, p.A9)(MC, 1/5/02)
1998        Jan 5, In India a train crash in Uttar Pradesh killed at least 48 people.
    (WSJ, 1/7/98, p.1)
1998        Jan 5, In Kenya Daniel arap Moi was scheduled to be inaugurated as president after the elections gave him 40% or 2,445,801 votes.
    (SFC, 1/5/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 5, In Lithuania Vladas Adamkus (71), former administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, won the presidency in a runoff election with 49.9% vs. 49.3% for Arturas Paulauskas.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 5, In Mexico Francisco Labastida took over as the chief of internal security after Emilio Chuayffet resigned under pressure from the Chiapas massacre.
    (SFC, 1/5/98, p.A10)

1998        Jan 6, In a bid to expand health insurance, President Clinton unveiled a proposal to offer Medicare coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Americans between the ages of 55 to 64.
    (AP, 1/6/99)
1998        Jan 6, A NASA Lunar Prospector, the 3rd robot mission of the Discovery Program, first scheduled for Jan 5, was launched.
    (SFEC, 1/4/98, p.A14)(SFC, 1/7/98, p.A3)
1998        Jan 6, In Bangladesh it was reported that frigid weather killed at least 165 people over the last 2 weeks.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 6, In Guatemala Danita Gonzalez Plank de Orellana (32) of Philadelphia was kidnapped with her 6-month old daughter near Quezaltenango. the baby was soon found in a cardboard box. The mother’s body was found 8 days later. Police alleged that a gang under Rigoberto Antonio Morales (23) was responsible. Morales was recaptured 4 days after escaping from prison in June.
    (SFEC, 6/21/98, p.A13)
1998        Jan 6, In South Korea thousands went to their banks to sell and donate gold in a nationwide campaign to raise dollars.
    (SFC, 1/7/98, p.A8)

1998        Jan 7, The jury in the Terry Nichols case deadlocked over his punishment when it failed to decide on how active his role in the Oklahoma bombing was. This saved him from a death penalty and forced Judge Richard Matsch to decide on a sentence.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.A1)(AP, 1/7/99)
1998        Jan 7, In Mustang, Nevada, two blasts at the Sierra Chemical Co. plant left 4 workers feared killed.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.A3)
1998        Jan 7, In Afghanistan it was reported that some 600 civilians were dragged from their homes and shot by the Taliban army in the northwest, prompting thousands to flee the area. Most of the victims were said to be Uzbeks.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.B3)
1998        Jan 7, In Canada the government apologized to the nation’s indigenous peoples for past acts of oppression and pledged $245 million for counseling and treatment programs. The aboriginal population is about 810,000 that includes 38,000 Inuits and 139,000 Metis, people of mixed Indian and white ancestry.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.A13)(AP, 1/7/99)
1998        Jan 7, Pres. Mohhamad Khatami of Iran endorsed cultural relations with the US but no political ties in a preliminary effort to "crack the wall" of hostility between the two countries.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 7, In Mexico Chiapas Gov. Julio Cesar Ruiz Ferro submitted his resignation due to the massacre in Acteal.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 7, In South Africa the attorney general announced that former Pres. Peter Botha would be prosecuted for refusing to appear before the Truth Commission and for hindering its work.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.A12)

1998        Jan 8, At the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Philadelphia, Michelle Kwan received seven perfect presentation marks out of nine for her short program.
    (AP, 1/7/99)
1998        Jan 8, Ramzi Yousef was sentenced in New York to life in prison for the 1994 bombing of a Philippines airliner and 240 years for masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
1998        Jan 8, Air traffic control over the Pacific broke down for 16 hours; officials said the outage posed no real danger.
    (AP, 1/7/99)
1998        Jan 8, Walter Diemer (93), inventor (bubble gum 1928), died of heart failure.
    (MC, 1/8/02)
1998        Jan 8, Sir Michael Tippett, British composer, died at age 93.
    (SFC, 1/10/98, p.A19)
1998        Jan 8, The EU decided to send a fact-finding mission to Algeria. New reports said 30 more people were killed in the region of Relizane.
    (SFC, 1/9/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 8, French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin was forced to meet with protestors angry over the nation’s 12.4% unemployment.
    (SFC, 1/9/98, p.A11)
1998        Jan 8, In Indonesia the currency and stock market dropped and panic buying hit retailers after the budget failed to address the nation’s urgent needs. The rupiah fell at one point to 10,550 to the dollar and the market dipping 19%.
    (SFC, 1/9/98, p.A8)

1998        Jan 8-1998 Jan 9, The US Northeast and Canada were hit with a severe ice storm and at least 16 people were reported killed. Millions of people were left without power in upper New York, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.
    (SFC, 1/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A8)

1998        Jan 9, Anatoly Karpow, defending champion, defeated Viswanathan Anand in the FIDE World Chess Championship.
    (SFC, 1/10/98, p.A4)
1998        Jan 9, Barry Switzer's era with the Dallas Cowboys ended with the announcement of the coach's resignation.
    (AP, 1/9/99)
1998        Jan 9, The US Dow Jones stock market average dropped 222 points or 2.9% over fears about the financial crises in Asia.
    (SFC, 1/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 9, It was reported that the oceans have risen 6 inches this century and that the Alaska permafrost was melting.
    (WSJ, 1/9/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 9, In Algeria another 35 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 9, In Wuhan, China, a thousand factory workers marched after being laid off with little compensation.
    (SFC, 1/10/98, p.A9)
1998        Jan 9, The decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid was returned.
    (MC, 1/9/02)
1998        Jan 9, In France Prime Minister Jospin pledged $160 million to help the unemployed, in an attempt to end over a month of sit-ins at unemployment offices across the country.
    (SFC, 1/10/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 9, In Northern Ireland, the British secretary, Mo Mowlam, met with prisoners at the Maze prison and got their endorsement for the Ulster Democratic Party to return to peace talks. Talks with the Progressive Unionist were scheduled for the next day.
    (SFC, 1/10/98, p.A8)(AP, 1/9/99)
1998        Jan 9, From Pakistan it was reported that investigators have uncovered a pattern of secret payments by foreign governments for business favors during the 2 terms when Benazir Bhutto served as Prime Minister. These included a $10 million payment, deposited into a Asif Zardari account by a Middle East gold bullion dealer, for a monopoly contract to sustain Pakistan’s jewelry industry. Officials said $80 million may be in Swiss banks.
    (SFC, 1/9/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/9/98, p.A1)

1998        Jan 10, In his weekly radio address, President Clinton denounced Chicago physicist Richard Seed's expressed desire to clone humans, calling it "morally unacceptable."
    (AP, 1/10/99)
1998        Jan 10, Michelle Kwan won the ladies' U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Philadelphia; Tara Lipinski came in second and Nicole Bobek, third.
    (AP, 1/10/99)
1998        Jan 10, In China a 6.2 earthquake hit Zhangbei County in northern Hebei province and 50 people were reported killed and over 11,440 injured. The quake reportedly left cracks in the Great Wall.
    (SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A15)(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A12)(SFC, 1/22/98, p.E3)
1998        Jan 10, In Zambia a court filing accused Kenneth Kaunda of paying army officers $270 to stage an October coup, promising another $13,300 if the insurrection was successful.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A1)

1998        Jan 11, The Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-21, to win the American Football Conference Championship; the Green Bay Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 23-10, to claim the National Football Conference Championship.
    (AP, 1/11/99)
1998        Jan 11, Klaus Tennstedt (71), German-born conductor, died.
1998        Jan 11, In Algeria 11 more people were killed over the weekend.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 11, From China it was reported that parrots had become a speculative rage in Beijing where a green-faced parrot could fetch $2,400.
    (SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A29)
1998        Jan 11, In Northern Ireland Terry Enwright (28), a relative of Gerry Adams, was slain outside the Space nightclub in Belfast. The Protestant Loyalist Volunteer Force claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 11, In Lahore, Pakistan, 24 Shiite Muslims were killed in an attack by the Sipah-e-Sahabah (Friends of the Guardians of the Prophet), a militant Sunni group. The Shiites were at a ceremony marking the 2-year anniversary of the death of their teacher, Mohammed Hussein Rizwan.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 11, In the UAR a large oil spill resulted when an 11,000-ton oil barge ran aground. Some 4,000 tons spilled on beaches and threatened marine and bird life.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A12)

1998        Jan 12, The music groups Santana, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also inducted were rockabilly legend Gene Vincent, and New Orleans musician Lloyd Price as well as jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton and New Orleans producer Allen Toussaint.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, p.D3)
1998        Jan 12, Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
    (AP, 1/12/99)
1998        Jan 12, Former Senator Robert Dole signed a $30,000 per month contract as a foreign agent for Taiwan.
    (WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 12, CBS signed a $4 billion eight-year deal to televise American Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons; Fox signed a $4.4 billion eight-year contract to continue showing National Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons.
    (AP, 1/12/99)
1998        Jan 12, A human-cloning ban was signed in Paris by 19 European nations.
    (WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)(AP, 1/12/99)
1998        Jan 12, In Algeria gangs of men hurled bombs into a mosque in Haouche Sahraoui  and a movie theater in Sidi Ahmed and up to 120 people were killed. It coincided with the 6th anniversary of the coup that thwarted the Islamic Salvation Front’s rise to power by cancelled elections. The number killed was reported by local papers to be at least 400.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A11)(SFC, 1/14/98, p.C2)(www.tkb.org/Incident.jsp?incID=10201)
1998        Jan 12, Britain and Ireland proposed a power-sharing compromise to reconcile the divided Protestants and Roman Catholics. Home rule was offered to Northern Ireland under an assembly elected by proportional representation.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 12, In Burundi Hutu rebels attacked army positions and at least 55 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 12, Germany announced that it will pay $110 million over 5 years in pensions to Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A11)
1998        Jan 12, In Hong Kong the Peregrine finance house collapsed due to a debt burden to an Indonesian cab company of $260 million.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 12, Iraq authorities said they would block a UN inspection team led by former US Marine captain Scott Ritter.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 12, Japan announced that the nation’s banks carried only about $580 billion in bad or questionable loans.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 12, In Mexico Chiapas state police opened fire on stone-throwing Indian protestors and 1 woman was killed and 2 others wounded. The government said the army arrested 27 state police at the site of the shooting near Ocosingo. Separately Chiapas state police commander Felipe Vazquez Espinosa was indicted for helping arm the paramilitary gunmen of the Acteal massacre.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 12, In Nigeria an underwater pipeline from a Mobil Oil production platform broke and released 40,000 barrels of oil into the Niger delta.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, p.A26)
1998        Jan 12, It was reported that Turkish police rounded up 1,374 people, mostly Kurds, around Istanbul in an effort to stem illegal emigration.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 12, From Venezuela it was reported that over 140 dead dolphins were recently washed ashore on La Tortuga Island. There were no external wounds other than some reddish marks on the abdomen.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A8)

1998        Jan 13, The National Football League completed a blockbuster $9.2 billion deal with the Walt Disney Co., which got to keep "Monday Night Football" for ABC and won the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.
    (AP, 1/13/99)
1998        Jan 13, Linda Tripp, a Pentagon aide, met with Monica Lewinsky while wearing a secret listening device, and recorded a conversation concerning Lewinsky’s 1995 alleged affair with Pres. Clinton. It was later reported that she had visited the White House over 3 dozen times after leaving her job there to work at the Pentagon in 1996. Tripp came forward with allegations that Lewinsky was planning to commit perjury in the Jones vs. Clinton case.
    (SFC, 1/22/98, p.A3)(SFC, 2/3/98, p.A2)(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 13, Three robbers stole $1.17 million at the NYC World Trade Center from guards delivering money to a currency exchange center. They returned to their Brooklyn neighborhood where neighbors reported them and 2/3 were arrested. The robbers were dubbed the blundering bandits after authorities said they removed their masks while under video surveillance; three suspects were arrested.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/16/98, p.A3)(AP, 1/13/99)
1998        Jan 13, In SF four to five men robbed a jewelry salesman in Chinatown near 3 plainclothes police officers for some $2 million in jewels and escaped.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, p.A16)
1998        Jan 13, It was reported that scientists at Geron Corp. demonstrated a method to reproduce human cells without signs of aging. the process incorporated the use of the telomerase protein.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 13, It was reported that bycatch (unintended catch that is discarded) from overfishing depletes the world’s oceans of 20 million tons a year, or roughly one of every four pounds caught. This wasted bycatch is equivalent to about 10 pounds of food for every person on Earth.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A6)
1998        Jan 13, An Afghan Russian-made cargo plane crashed in southwestern Pakistan with as many as 90 Taliban militia and all were killed.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, p.C2)
1998        Jan 13, In Australia a federal court upheld the armed forces’ right to expel HIV-positive soldiers.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, p.C3)
1998        Jan 13, Iraq blocked a UN weapons inspection tem led by an American.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)
1998        Jan 13, In Israel the Cabinet adopted a 12-page list of conditions for the Palestinians to meet before the transfer of any more West Bank land.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, p.C2)
1998        Jan 13, From Rwanda The government reported that 9 Roman Catholic nuns were killed last week by Hutu rebels near the Congo border.
    (WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)

1998        Jan 14, Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for 10 minutes about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees. Sources quoted Mrs. Clinton as saying she knew nothing about any such collection of files.
    (AP, 1/14/99)
1998        Jan 14, NBC agreed to pay Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the highly-rated TV show "ER."
    (AP, 1/14/99)
1998        Jan 14, Internal company documents revealed that R.J. Reynolds actively advertised to lure teenagers as young as 12 to smoke cigarettes.
    (SFC, 1/15/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 14, An int’l. agreement on Antarctica took effect that banned mining and oil drilling for 50 years and forbade a wide range of environmental hazards including pesticides and dogs.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.C16)
1988        Jan 14, The IMF and Indonesia agreed to a strengthened economic restructuring plan.
    (SFC, 1/15/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 14, In Montenegro riot police clashed with some 10,000 protestors who attacked government buildings the day before the inauguration of Milan Djukanovic, who favors autonomy from Serbia.
    (WSJ, 1/15/98, p.A1)

1998        Jan 15, The Feb issue of the American Demographics magazine noted that American adults on average reported 58 sexual episodes a year.
    (SFC, 1/15/98, p.A2)
1998        Jan 15, Pres. Clinton presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 15 honorees. James Farmer (d.1999 at 79), principal founder of the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) was one of the honorees.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.A1,13)(SFC, 7/10/99, p.A4)
1998        Jan 15, The US and Singapore announced an agreement for US ships to use a planned $35 million naval base beginning in 2000.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.B4)
1998        Jan 15, Henry Cisneros' ex-mistress, Linda Medlar Jones, pleaded guilty to misleading federal authorities investigating the former US housing secretary's payment of alleged hush money to her. She served nearly 18 months in prison and was later pardoned by Pres. Clinton.
    (AP, 1/15/08)
1998        Jan 15, US Labor Secretary Alexis Herman denied allegations that she had sold her influence in the White House. Herman was cleared in 2000 by Independent Counsel Ralph I. Lancaster.
    (AP, 1/15/08)
1998        Jan 15, Junior Wells (63), Chicago Blues harmonica star, died. His album "Hoodoo Man Blues" was recorded in the 1960s and considered by many as one of the best all-time blues albums.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A19)(MC, 1/15/02)
1998        Jan 15, In Algeria the government agreed to a revamped EU delegation to seek ways to end the violence.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.B4)
1998        Jan 15, Eastern Slavonia reintegrated into Croatia. Some 75,000 Croat refugees promised friction with the Serbs occupying their homes. The 2-year UN peace mission ended but 180 int’l. observers were to remain as monitors.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, Par p.2)(WSJ, 1/15/98, p.A1)(SFC, 1/16/98, p.B2)
1998        Jan 15, In Sri Lanka a Jaffna library of Tamil literature was reopened as a gesture conciliatory gesture toward separatist rebels.
    (WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 15, In Turkey the parliament passed legislation allowing husbands to be indicted for domestic abuse even if their wives refuse to press charges.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.B4)

1998        Jan 16, Texas settled with the tobacco industry for $15.3 billion.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A6)(AP, 1/16/99)
1998        Jan 16, NASA officially announced that John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, would fly aboard the space shuttle later in the year.
    (AP, 1/16/99)
1998        Jan 16, Baltic leaders signed an agreement, the US-Baltics Charter of Partnership, at the White House strengthening US and NATO ties with Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. The leaders also established a $15 million fund with equal contributions from the Agency for Int’l. Development and George Soros to promote nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
    (WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A1)(SFC, 1/17/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 16, In El Salvador Israel Job Pineda, a fisherman in La Herradura, was shot and killed by a pirate intruder. Pirates had become a growing threat to the local shrimp fisherman. Police later arrested nine fishermen linked to the attack.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, p.A26)
1998        Jan 16, In Germany the Bonn Parliament took steps to allowing private phones to be bugged. The Bundestag (lower house) voted to secure a 2/3 majority needed to change the constitution to give police greater powers.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 16, In Guatemala 13 college students and 3 faculty members from St. Mary's College of Maryland were robbed and 5 women were raped after their bus was ambushed near Santa Lucia. 4 suspects were later arrested and 3 more were sought by police. In 1999 three men, Cosbi Gamaliel Ortiz (38), Rony Leonel Polanco Sil (29) and Reyes Guch Ventura (25), were convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/19/98, p.A8)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A8)
1998        Jan 16, From Indonesia it was reported that Pres. Suharto and his six children have an estimated net worth of $40 billion, equal to about half the country’s gross domestic product.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.B3)
1998        Jan 16, In Kenya the WHO recommended that travelers take precautions against Rift Valley Fever, a mosquito born disease that has killed 300 people.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 16, It was reported that Nevis planned to withdraw from St. Kitts if 2/3 of the voters approved a midyear referendum. The 9,000 citizens of Nevis lived on 36 square miles, while the 35,000 people of St. Kitts lived on 65 square miles. Nevisians were particularly upset about drug barons on St. Kitts, especially Charles "Little Nut" Miller.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.B2)
1998        Jan 16, In Turkey the Islamist Welfare Party was banned by the Constitutional Court for "activities against the secular regime." Former Welfare deputies created the Virtue Party.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/4/02)

1998        Jan 17, Pres. Clinton was interrogated in his deposition In the Paula Jones case. It was the first time a sitting president was interrogated in a court case. During the nearly six hours of sworn testimony, Clinton denied that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
    (SFEC, 1/18/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A12)(AP, 1/17/99)
1998        Jan 17, Matt Drudge reported over the Internet that Monica Lewinsky had paid numerous service calls to the White House.
    (WSJ, 10/24/00, p.A22)
1998        Jan 17, It was reported that the US military had begun to clear away over 50,000 land mines around Guantanamo Naval base. The base was defended by 400 marines.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 17, It was reported that motorists in Cairo were switching to compressed natural gas (CNG) to fuel their vehicles. It was both cheaper and burned cleaner. Over 5,000 vehicles had made the switch.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 17, In Iraq Sadam Hussein threatened to expel all UN arms inspectors in 6 months if the country is not cleared of suspicions about weapons programs and if sanctions are not lifted.
    (SFEC, 1/18/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 17, In South Korea some 2,500 workers marched in Seoul to protest the government’s labor reform plan. Kim Dae-jung called for a smaller labor force to attract more funds from the IMF and foreign investors.
    (SFEC, 1/18/98, p.A14)

1998        Jan 18, The annual Golden Globes awards in Beverly Hills awarded "Titanic" the best drama, best director for James Cameron, best score and best original song. "As Good as it Gets" won as best film comedy/musical, best actor for Jack Nicholson, and best actress for Helen Hunt. "Ally McBeal" beat "Seinfeld" as best TV comedy.
    (SFC, 1/19/98, p.E1)(AP, 1/18/99)
1998        Jan 18, Pope John Paul II named 22 new cardinals, including Archbishop Francis Eugene George of Chicago and James Francis Stafford, the former archbishop of Denver.
    (AP, 1/18/99)
1998        Jan 18, The Bosnian Serb Parliament named a coalition government led by Milorad Dodik, a pro-western leader of the Independent Social Democrats.
    (SFC, 1/19/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 18, In Jordan assailants assassinated 8 people in a hilltop villa that included a top Iraqi diplomat, Hikmet Hajou, and Iraqi businessman Namir Ochi, who handled food imports to Iraq for Saddam Hussein.
    (SFC, 1/19/98, p.B2)
1998        Jan 18, In Northern Ireland Fergal McCusker (28) was killed by the Loyalist Volunteer Force in Maghera.
    (SFC, 1/19/98, p.A8)

1998        Jan 19, This was the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. During a ceremony in Atlanta commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Vice President Gore announced that the Clinton administration would propose increasing spending on civil rights by $86 million.
    (AP, 1/19/98)(AP, 1/19/99)
1998        Jan 19, The US and China signed an accord designed to avoid naval and air conflicts at sea.
    (SFC, 1/19/98, p.B2)
1998        Jan 19, The FDA decided that is has the authority to regulate human cloning, and that it would be a violation of federal law to try the procedure without its approval.
    (SFC, 1/20/98, p.A3)
1998        Jan 19, Carl Perkins, rockabilly king, died at age 65 in Jackson, Tenn. He wrote and recorded the  hit "Blue Suede Shoes" in 1955 and it hit the top of the charts in 1956. He also wrote "Daddy Sang Bass" recorded by Johnny Cash.
    (SFC, 1/20/98, p.A1,8)(AP, 1/19/99)
1998          Jan 19, European diplomats arrived in Algeria to discuss ways to end the violence after another 16 people were killed in an eastern province.
    (SFC, 1/20/98, p.D2)(WSJ, 1/20/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 19, In Northern Ireland Jim Guiney (38), a Protestant shopkeeper, was shot and killed in his Belfast carpet store. Later a 52-year-old Catholic taxi driver was shot and killed in Belfast in apparent retaliation for Guiney.
    (SFC, 1/20/98, p.D1)
1998        Jan 19, Peru and Ecuador signed an accord pledging to settle their longtime 49-mile border conflict by May.
    (WSJ, 1/20/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 19, In Rwanda Hutu rebels killed 35 brewery workers and wounded 25 near Gisenyi.
    (WSJ, 1/20/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 19, In Harare, Zimbabwe, people rioted over soaring food prices. The price of corn meal, the staple food, rose 21%, the 3rd increase in 4 months.
    (SFC, 1/20/98, p.D2)

1998        Jan 20, The Idaho Coeur d’Alene Indian tribe planned to begin a national online lottery called US Lottery. US residents will be restricted by their local state laws.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 20, In Texas jury selection in the multi-million-dollar lawsuit trial of Oprah Winfrey began. She was being sued by Texas cattlemen for remarks on her Apr 16, 1996 show about mad cow disease. The case was initially a test of the state’s 1995 "veggie libel" law that protected perishable food products from false and defamatory statements, but was ruled to proceed as a common-law business defamation case. Winfrey won the case on Feb 26.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.A3)(www.cnn.com/US/9802/26/oprah.verdict/)   
1998        Jan 20, In Algeria the European envoys concluded their mission as 3 people were killed by a bomb in Ben Aknoun District, another 3 by a bomb in the village of Ziralda. 2 people died from a bomb thrown into a cafe in Boussaken. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia offered his nation’s assistance to end the bloodshed.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 20, The 1st criminal suit was filed against Chile’s Gen’l. Pinochet for human rights violations.
    (SFC, 12/11/06, p.A4)
1998        Jan 20, In the Congo Joseph Olengankoy, opposition leader, was arrested in Kinshasa. He had refused to meet with Pres. Kabila to discuss his criticism.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.C12)
1998        Jan 20, In the Czech Republic Pres. Vaclav Havel won re-election by a slim margin in a 2nd round vote of parliament.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.C12)
1998        Jan 20, In Indonesia Pres. Suharto (76) announced plans for another 5-year term. He hinted that his vice-pres. would be Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (61).
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.C12)
1998        Jan 20, In Zimbabwe army troops were ordered into Harare to quell 2 days of unrest.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.C12)

1998        Jan 21, Pres. Clinton angrily denied charges that he had a sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky (24), a White House aide in 1995, and that he encouraged Lewinsky to lie under oath about their involvement.
     (SFC, 1/22/98, p.A1)(AP, 1/1/99)
1998        Jan 21, The FBI arrested dozens of prison guards and police officers in the Cleveland area following a 2-year sting operation on cocaine trafficking.
    (SFC, 1/22/98, p.A7)
1998        Jan 21, Jack Lord, TV star of "Hawaii Five-O" fame, died in Honolulu at age 77. In 2006 it was revealed that he left behind $40 million to a dozen local charities.
    (AP, 1/1/99)(SSFC, 2/26/06, Par p.2)
1998        Jan 21, In Bosnia Western mediators unveiled a common currency and ordered that it be accepted by the Muslims, Serbs and Croats.
    (SFC, 1/22/98, p.B2)
1988        Jan 21, In Burundi Hutu rebels killed 45 people in 2 attacks, and 20 rebels died in a subsequent battle with the army.
    (WSJ, 1/22/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 21, Pope John Paul II arrived in Cuba for a 4-day historic visit.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.B2)(AP, 1/1/99)

1998        Jan 22, Theodore J. Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to the Unabomber killings in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole. In Dec. co-authors Chris Waits and Dave Shors published "Unabomber: The Secret Life of Ted Kaczynski. His 25 Years in Montana." In 1999 Michael Mello published "The United States of America Versus Theodore John Kaczynski: Ethics, Power and the Invention of the Unabomber."
    (SFC, 1/22/98, p.A1)(AP, 1/22/99)(SFEC, 9/12/99, BR p.5)
1998        Jan 22, Microsoft under court pressure signed an agreement giving PC makers the freedom to install Windows 95 without an Internet Explorer icon.
    (WSJ, 11/8/99, p.A30)
1998        Jan 22, The Endeavour space shuttle shot up on its way to meet with the Mir space station. Astronaut Andrew Thomas traded places with David Wolf for a 4-month stint.
    (SFC, 1/23/98, p.A5)
1998         Jan 22, Goran Jelisic (29) was detained by UN peace troops in Bijeljina. An indictment against him held that he commanded the Luka prisoner camp in Brcko in May 1992 and killed 16 Muslims, and that he was responsible for the deaths of countless detainees. In 1999, he was found guilty on all counts of crimes against humanity and violating the customs of war. He was acquitted on the charge of genocide as the court did not believe the prosecution had proved this beyond reasonable doubt. On May 29, 2003, Jelisić was transferred to Italy to serve the remainder of his sentence with credit for time served since his arrest.
    (SFC, 1/22/98, p.E2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goran_Jelisi%C4%87)
1998        Jan 22, On the first full day of his visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass, preaching the message, "Be not afraid."
    (AP, 1/22/99)
1998        Jan 22, In Pristina, Serbia, ethnic Albanians clashed with Serbian police. There was one death and 2 were injured.
    (SFC, 1/24/98, p.A10)

1998        Jan 23, Fighting scandal allegations involving Monica Lewinsky, President Clinton assured his Cabinet that he was innocent.
    (AP, 1/23/99)
1998        Jan 23, A judge in Fairfax, Va., sentenced Mir Aimal Kasi to death for an assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two men and wounded three other people. Kasi was executed November 2002.
    (AP, 1/23/03)
1998        Jan 23, In Albania troops stormed into Shkorda to end 2 days of looting and burnings. Rioters were demanding the release from jail of 2 men loyal to former Pres. Berisha. Berisha denounced the violence and ties to the jailed men.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 23, Pres. Carlos Menem ordered the navy to expel Alfredo Astiz, a former death squad officer. Astiz was sentenced in absentia to life in prison in France for the murder of 2 nuns and was wanted in Sweden for the murder of Dagmar Hagelin, a teenage girl. Astiz surrendered to Interpol in 2001. In 2009 Astiz went on trial for the deaths of 2 French nuns, a journalist and 3 founders of a human rights group.
    (SFC, 1/24/98, p.A10)(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A7)(SFC, 12/11/09, p.A2)
1998        Jan 23, From China it was reported that millions of workers were being laid off in the northeast industrial belt cities like Harbin and Shenyang.
    (SFC, 1/22/98, p.E2)
1998        Jan 23, Pope John Paul II condemned the US embargo against Catholic Cuba.
1998        Jan 23, In France a massive avalanche killed at least 11 people near the Italian border.
    (SFC, 1/24/98, p.A9)
1998        Jan 23, In Belfast, Northern Ireland, Liam Conway, a Catholic worker, was shot and killed. The Ulster Freedom Fighters earlier claimed responsibility for 3 Catholic deaths since new year’s Eve. The Ulster Volunteer Force was suspected in Conway’s death.
    (SFC, 1/24/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 23, In Papua New Guinea warring parties on Bougainville signed a peace agreement that would go into effect on April 30. An estimated 10,000 people died during the 10 year civil strife, mostly non-combatants from untreated disease. Some 1,000 rebels died and about 2,200 government sympathizers.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1,14)
1998        Jan 23, In Venezuela Alicia Machado (21), a former Miss Universe, drove the getaway car following an attempted murder by her boyfriend, Juan Rodriguez Reggeti.
    (SFC, 1/24/98, p.A10)

1998        Jan 24, President Clinton, in his weekly radio address, unveiled a proposal to root out Medicare fraud.
    (AP, 1/24/99)
1998        Jan 24, Walter D. Edmonds, writer, died at age 94. His work included historic novels such as "Drums Along the Mohawk" in 1936.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.B2)
1998        Jan 24, Pope John Paul II, delivering blunt political messages during his visit to Cuba, called for the release of "prisoners of conscience" and respect for freedom of expression, initiative and association.
    (AP, 1/24/99)
1998        Jan 24, In Mexico former Gen’l. Jorge Maldonado Vega was arrested for allegedly trying to arrange a pact between two of the largest drug cartels. Captain Rigoberto Silva Ortega was also charged.
    (SFC, 1/26/98, p.B12)
1998        Jan 24, From Turkey it was reported that an estimated 50,000 illegal immigrants move from Turkey to Greece each year across a sparsely populated 80 mile border.
    (SFC, 1/24/98, p.A8)

1998        Jan 25, "Grease" closed at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performances.
1998        Jan 25, In Superbowl XXXII the Denver Broncos faced the Green Bay Packers. The Broncos led by John Elway won their first Super Bowl title in four tries, defeating the Green Bay Packers 31-24.
    (SFEC, 1/25/98, p.C1)(AP, 1/25/99)
1998        Jan 25, American astronaut Andrew Thomas moved from the space shuttle Endeavour into the Russian space station Mir as the relief for David Wolf.
    (AP, 1/25/99)
1998        Jan 25, In Algeria 20 people had their throats cut in the village of Frenda. Local media reported that 50 people were killed in Kaid Ben Larbi. Ambushes and bombings were widespread as the celebration of Leilat El Qadr (night of destiny) began in recognition of the end of Ramadan. The government reported 29 rebels killed in 3 clashes in the last few days.
    (SFC, 1/26/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 25, In Cuba Pope John Paul II spoke in Revolution Square on his final day in the country. He urged Castro to respect human rights.
    (WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 25, In Wandhama, India, north of Srinagar, Muslim separatists killed 23 Hindus.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 25, In Israel the chief rabbinate proposed that the state recognize Reform and Conservative converts as Jews.
    (SFC, 1/26/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 25, In Italy kidnappers of industrialist Giuseppe Soffiantini sent a slice of his ear and a note to a TV news station. The ransom was reportedly reduced to about $6 million.
    (SFC, 1/26/98, p.B12)
1998        Jan 25, In Sri Lanka suicide bombers killed themselves and 8 others as their truck crashed through the gates of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. The temple reportedly held a tooth of the Buddha brought from India in the 4th century. Enraged Sinhalese burned down a Hindu cultural center in Kandy in retaliation.
    (SFC, 1/26/98, p.A9)
1998        Jan 25, In Turkey Prime Minister Yilmaz disclosed that the Ciller government’s security forces used death squads against Kurds and engaged in drug trafficking. This was a result of the 7-month investigation of the Susurluk scandal.
    (WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A15)

1998        Jan 26, Pres. Clinton firmly denied, with a finger shaking at the camera, having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman…I never told anybody to lie."
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A3)(SFC, 12/30/99, p.C7)
1998        Jan 26, Stung by a drop in profits, AT&T said it would cut at least 15,000 jobs, freeze executive salaries and shake up management to reduce costs.
    (AP, 1/26/99)
1998        Jan 26, Compaq Computer Corp. announced that it would buy Digital Equipment Corp. for $9.6 billion.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 26, Intel introduced a 333 MHz chip. It was code-named Deschutes and was expected to reach 450Mhz speed by the end of the year.   
    (WSJ, 1/26/98, p.B5)
1998        Jan 26, In Chile Gen’l. Pinochet (82) backed away from scheduled retirement after the Christian Democratic Party filed suit to prevent him from becoming a senator for life.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A11)
1998        Jan 26, In Japan public prosecutors raided the Ministry of Finance and arrested 2 bank regulators, Koichi Miyagawa (53) and Toshimi Taniuchi (48), on bribery charges.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 26, Shinichi Suzuki (99), pioneer of the 1950s Suzuki method for teaching music to young children, died in Japan.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A20)(www.suzukiassociation.org/about/suzuki/)
1998        Jan 26, In Jordan the Supreme Court suspended an amendment to the press law, passed last May, and cleared the way for 12 newspapers to resume publishing.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 26, In Northern Ireland the Ulster Democratic Party, the largest pro-British paramilitary group, withdrew from peace talks.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A8)

1998        Jan 27, Shaken by scandal, Pres. Clinton made his State of the Union address and proposed bolstering Social Security with the current surplus, improving schools by reducing class size and building more, raising the minimum wage, and making child care more available for low-income families before cutting taxes or increasing spending. He also issued a warning to Sadam Hussein of Iraq and asked Congress to support NATO expansion. Earlier in the day, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC's "Today" show, charged the allegations against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
    (SFC, 1/28/98, p.A1)(AP, 1/27/99)
1998        Jan 27, The UN named Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway as the head of the World Health Organization (WHO).
    (SFC, 1/28/98, p.A6)
1998        Jan 27, In Britain poet laureate Ted Hughes won the $33,000 Whitbread Book of the Year award for his "Tales of Ovid."
    (SFC, 1/28/98, p.E6)
1998        Jan 27, The Chinese lunar year of 4696, the year of the tiger, began. According to ancient legend the count began when Buddha called all the animals of the world and promised to name a year after each one in exchange for eternal loyalty and obeisance. Only 12 answered the call in the following order: rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, serpent, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and bear.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A19)(SFC, 1/28/98, p.A16)
1998        Jan 27, In Japan Hiroshi Mitsuzuka, the finance minister, announced that he will resign following the arrests of 2 senior officials on bribery charges.
    (SFC, 1/28/98, p.A6)
1998        Jan 27, In Sierra Leone fighting broke out between junta troops and Nigerian peacekeepers trying to restore Pres. Kabbah.
    (WSJ, 1/28/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 27, The UN Security Council approved a 3-month extension for peacekeeping operations in Angola.
    (WSJ, 1/28/98, p.A1)

1998        Jan 28, The day after his State of the Union address, President Clinton barnstormed in the nation's heartland, where he was warmly received; accompanying him was Vice President Al Gore, who urged Americans to "join me in supporting him and standing by his side."
    (AP, 1/28/99)
1998        Jan 28, Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million.
    (MC, 1/28/02)
1998        Jan 28, In Algeria the military reported 3 more civilian massacres that killed 34 people and said that 18 Muslim rebels were killed.
    (WSJ, 1/29/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 28, In Burundi Colonel Firmin Sinzoyiheba, the Tutsi minister of defense, was killed in a helicopter crash in the Gihinga Hills.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.A11)
1998        Jan 28, In the Czech Republic prime minister Josef Tosovsky’s government won a vote of confidence in the parliament 123-71.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.A11)
1998        Jan 28, Israel’s finance minister, Yaakov Neeman, met with US officials and outlined a plan to end the $1.2 billion annual economic package over 10-12 years with an increase in annual military aid from $1.8 billion to 2.4 billion.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 28, From Kenya it was reported that 77 people died in the month in attacks aimed at ethnic Kikuyus, who opposed Pres. Moi’s re-election.
    (WSJ, 1/28/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 28, In India the 26 people accused of the May 21, 1991 assassination of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi were sentenced to death by hanging. Authorities braced for possible unrest. Only 2 of the 26 were charged with murder, the rest were charged with conspiracy.
    (WSJ, 1/28/98, p.A1)(SFC, 1/29/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 28, In Japan two more finance ministry officials resigned and a 3rd committed suicide. Separately the lower house passed a $16 billion income tax cut.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.A11)
1998        Jan 28, In Chiapas, Mexico, Rubicel Ruiz Gamboa, a peasant organizer in Ocosingo, was gunned down in an ambush.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A22)
1998        Jan 28, In Mexico federal police in Guerrero came upon the anti-kidnapping squad of Morelos with the tortured body of a 17-year-old member of a kidnapping gang. They suspected that the body was to be dumped and arrested the state officers that included Armando Martinez Salgado, chief of the squad.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 28, From Switzerland 3 balloonists set out to circle the globe in the Breitling Orbiter 2. They failed to get clearance from flying over China in time and were forced down in Burma on Feb 7 after traveling a record 4,730 miles.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.11)
1998        Jan 28, In Thailand officials at Chulalongkorn Univ. posted posters forbidding the wearing of miniskirts.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.A11)

1998        Jan 29, The judge in the Paula Jones case ruled that allegations in the current Clinton-Lewinsky scandal will not be admitted in the Jones case.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 29, Yah Lin Trie ("Charlie Trie"), a Little Rock restaurateur, was indicted under 15 counts in relation to fund raising for the Democratic Party. In 1999 Trie agreed to plead guilty to 2 counts of violating federal election laws, one felony and one misdemeanor for a maximum of 3 years probation.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A2)
1998        Jan 29, In Birmingham, Ala., the New Woman, All Woman Health Care [abortion] Clinic was bombed. Robert Sanderson (35), a moonlighting police officer, was killed and Emily Lyons, a nurse, was critically injured. A note was later received claiming the "Army of God" was responsible. Suspect Eric Robert Rudolph (31) of North Carolina was arrested May 31,2003. Rudolph was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2005.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A3)(SFC, 2/3/98, p.A2)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A1)(SFC, 7/19/05, p.A9)
1998        Jan 29, The US, Russia and 13 other nations of the European Space Agency agreed to cooperate on building an int’l. space station.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A7)
1998        Jan 29, The 3-day Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival began celebrating the closing of the holy month of Ramadan.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 29, In Japan Finance Vice Minister Takeshi Komura stepped down in the bribery scandal and said "the responsibility is all mine."
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 29, A gas explosion on a Russian nuclear sub killed the captain and injured at least 4 sailors.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A14)

1998        Jan 30, In Washington DC the creation of The National First Ladies’ Library was announced at the Renwick Gallery. Physical materials would be located in Canton, Ohio, in the childhood home of Ida Saxton McKinley, the 20th first lady.
    (SFC, 2/5/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 30, An aviation pact was reached between Washington and Tokyo, enabling American travelers to fly to Japan and other Asian points from several more U.S. cities.
    (AP, 1/30/99)
1998        Jan 30, In Sarasota, Florida, a 14-year-old girl was found staggering along a road. She had been raped and stabbed nearly 30 times and beaten badly four days earlier.  She hid in the woods in fear of her assailant, Scott Christopher Malsky (22), who was arrested in Delaware the next day.
    (SFC, 2/2/98, p.A3)
1998        Jan 30, In Colombia paramilitary gunmen descended on the city of Puerto Asis and proceeded to kill 48 civilians thought to be guerrilla sympathizers. Mayor Nestor Hernandez warned army commanders at a local garrison but received no assistance.
    (SFC, 2/14/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 30, From Hong Kong it was reported that real estate prices were diving down. Prices were reported down 25% since August.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 30, From India it was reported that over the past 2 months over 50 cotton farmers in Andhra Pradesh state had committed suicide due to farming losses caused by cluster caterpillars.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A13)   
1998        Jan 30, It was reported that Iraq had executed 10 people for stealing the huge bearded head of a large winged-bull dating from 700 BC.
    (SFC, 1/31/98, p.A9)
1998        Jan 30, In Lebanon the army clashed with supporters of Sheik Sobhi Tufaili in Baalbek and at least 50 people were killed. Tufaili had been expelled a week earlier from the Muslim fundamentalist Hezbollah.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A21)
1998        Jan 30, In Spain Alberto Jimenez Becerril, a Popular Party Councilman, and his wife, Asuncion Garcia Ortiz, were assassinated in Seville.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 30, In the Sudan the city of Wau fell to rebels who pretended to defect and then attacked from inside.
    (SFC, 1/31/98, p.A9)

1998        Jan 31, The space shuttle Endeavour returned from Mir with its crew of 7. Astronaut David Wolf returned to Earth after four months on the Russian space station Mir.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A2)(AP, 1/31/99)
1998        Jan 31, In Japan the XVIII Winter Olympic Games opened in Nagano.
    (SFC, 2/4/98, p.C3)
1998        Jan 31, In Mexico, three Indian villagers were found hanged in the Chiapas town of Ocosingo. Also Antonio Gomez Flores, an Ocosingo peasant leader, died when a truck smashed into his car as he left the funeral of Rubicel Ruiz Gamboa.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A22)

1998        Jan, A Group called the Project for the New American Century issued a public letter to Pres. Clinton on the subject of Iraq, citing the threat posed by Saddam Hussein as the most serious since the end of the Cold War. Among the 18 signatories were Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Zalmay Khalilzad, John Bolton and political theorist Francis Fukuyama.
    (WSJ, 3/11/06, p.P10)
1998        Jan, The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) was formed with headquarters in Washington, DC, as an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents.
1998        Jan, The Croatian government passed a decree that permitted the eviction of thousands of Serbs from state-owned apartments in Eastern Slavonia. The decree was rescinded in Feb.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.D3)
1998        Jan, In Ethiopia editors and journalists of Tobia, the largest and most respected independent publication, were arrested after publishing a secret UN document critical of the government.
    (SFC, 5/12/98, p.A14)
1998        Jan, In the Dominican Republic the 6-month sugar cane harvest began and thousands of Haitians were entering the country illegally to work.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.A9)
1998        Jan, In Guatemala Pres. Alvaro Arzu awarded a 5-year concession to administer government postal services to Int’l. Post Services, a subsidiary of Canada Post.
    (WSJ, 6/5/98, p.A15)
1998        Jan, Masked gunmen killed 23 people in a village near Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
    (SFC, 6/20/98, p.D1)
1998        Jan, In Romania the IMF froze the disbursement of a $530 million lending program.
    (WSJ, 5/6/98, p.A18)
1998        Jan, In South Africa 6 white police officers made a video tape showing a "training exercise" where they incited their dogs to maul 3 black men and beat the victims if they tried to protect themselves. The officers were arrested in 2000 on charges of attempted murder. 4 officers pleaded guilty in 2001.
    (SFC, 11/10/00, p.A17)(WSJ, 11/20/01, p.A1)

1998        Feb 1, In a round of Sunday talk show appearances, Monica Lewinsky's attorney, William Ginsburg, predicted that the controversy over whether the former White House intern had had an affair with President Clinton would "go away" and that the president would survive unscathed.
    (AP, 2/1/03)
1998        Feb 1, In Costa Rica Miguel Angel Rodriguez of the Social Christian Unity Party won the presidential elections by a narrow margin over Jose Miguel Corrales of the National Liberation party. Also elected were 2 vice-presidents, 57 members of the Legislative Assembly and 571 mayors.
    (SFC, 2/2/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 1, With Israeli and Palestinian leaders digging in their heels, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright conceded she'd made little progress in a whirlwind visit to the region to prod the two sides closer together.
    (AP, 2/1/99)

1998        Feb 2, Pres. Clinton proposed a $1.73 trillion fiscal 1999 budget and projected a $10 billion surplus, the first year without a deficit since 1969. He planned to pump billions to schools, health and child care.
    (WSJ, 2/2/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/2/99)
1998        Feb 2, The US government released statistics showing deaths from AIDS fell by almost half during the first half of 1997, a decrease attributed to increased use of powerful combinations of medicines.
    (AP, 2/2/99)
1998        Feb 2, In Florida three days of storms began the left an estimated damage of over $25 million. Gov. Chiles requested $19 million in federal disaster aid.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 2, UN Sec-Gen'l. Kofi Annan recommended that the Security Council more than double the amount of oil Iraq is allowed to sell.
    (SFC, 2/3/98, p.A6)
1998        Feb 2, In Algeria the military reported that they killed 60 rebels in a weekend offensive. Local media said 17 civilians were killed in 3 massacres in western and southern provinces.
    (WSJ, 2/3/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 2, Russia announced that an envoy in Baghdad received concessions from Saddam Hussein on UN weapons inspections. US Sec. Albright failed to get permission from Saudi Arabia for US use of air bases to launch air strikes against Iraq. France, Turkey, Jordan, the Arab League and Yasser Arafat said they would send envoys to Baghdad to avert a possible US military strike.
    (SFC, 2/3/98, p.A6)
1998        Feb 2, In the Philippines a Cebu Pacific Air DC-9 crashed on Mount Sumagaya as it approached for landing at Cagayan de Oro. 104 people were onboard. Rescuers reached the wreckage the next day but found no survivors.
    (SFC, 2/3/98, p.A6)(SFC, 2/4/98, p.C3)

1998        Feb 3, A new 32-cent postage stamp in honor of John Muir was to be issued at the Martinez, Ca. post office.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.A19)
1998        Feb 3, Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former Washington state teacher, violated probation with the 14 year-old father of her baby.
1998        Feb 3, In California heavy rains continued to thrash the state and rivers in Northern California spilled over their banks.
    (SFC, 2/4/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 3, In Savannah, Tenn., a helicopter used to install power lines struck a worker on a utility pole and crashed. Three people were killed and 2 injured.
    (SFC, 2/4/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 3, In Texas Karla Faye Tucker (38) was executed by lethal injection with sodium thiopental for the 1983 pickax slaying of 2 people during a break-in in 1983. She was the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
    (SFC, 2/4/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/4/99, p.R4)(AP, 2/3/99)
1998        Feb 3, Heavy storms hit the Southeast and Western US and 4 tornadoes hit the Miami area.
    (WSJ, 2/4/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 3, Armenia Pres. Levon Ter-Petrosyan (52) resigned after 7 years of leadership. His support for a compromise settlement over the Nagorno-Karabakh caused backers to defect to the opposition.
    (SFC, 2/4/98, p.C2)
1998        Feb 3, A US surveillance aircraft cut a ski cable in Italy and caused the death of 20 skiers in a gondola cable car running from Cavalese to the Alpe Cermis. The EA-6B aircraft was normally used for patrols over Bosnia and was only slightly damaged. Lt. Col. Steven Watters was later relieved of command for telling crew members of a related squadron to destroy evidence in the investigation. The pilot did not have Italian military maps that identified the ski lift. Four crewmen were later charged by the Marine Corps with negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter and dereliction of duty. The pilot and navigator faced trial for manslaughter. Pilot Richard J. Ashby was acquitted of all charges in 1999. Navigator Joseph Schweitzer was acquitted of manslaughter and negligent homicide charges. Schweitzer later pleaded guilty to obstruction and conspiracy charges for destroying a videotape made during the flight. The tape indicated that the plane had been flying upside down. Schweitzer was sentenced to dismissal from the Marine Corps. Capt. Ashby (32) was found guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy in May, 1999 and was sentenced to 6 months in prison and dismissed from the Marine Corps. Families of the victims settled for $2 million apiece in 2000.
    (SFC, 2/4/98, p.A7)(SFC, 2/11/98, p.A11)(SFC, 2/19/98, p.B10)(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)(SFC, 7/11/98, p.A2)(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/16/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/3/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/1/99, p.A4)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A4)(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A4)(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A4)
1998        Feb 3, In Japan a 3-rocket attack on Tokyo’s Narita Airport did no damage but slightly injured a cargo handler. Three rockets were involved. Later the leftist Revolutionary Workers Association claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 2/4/98, p.C3)(SFC, 2/7/98, p.11)

1998        Feb 4, Congress voted to name Washington National Airport after Ronald Reagan, just in time for his 87th birthday on Feb 6.
    (SFC, 2/5/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 4, It was reported that Berkshire Hathaway, the investment vehicle of Warren Buffet, had accumulated 129.7 million ounces of sliver, some 20% of the world’s supply, valued at $858.6 million.
    (WSJ, 2/4/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 4, Alfred Mann (72), the originator of 7 medical device and electronics companies, announced $100 million donations to both the Univ. of Southern Cal. and the Univ. of Cal. at Los Angeles to set up biomedical research institutes.
    (SFC, 2/5/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 4, In Afghanistan a 5.9 earthquake hit the province of Takhar in the northeast at the junction of the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges where hills collapsed into each other making a huge crater. The number dead was later reported to be 2,300 with 8,000 left homeless.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A10)(SFC, 6/1/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/4/99)(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A14)
1998        Feb 4, In Morocco King Hassan II appointed Abderrahmane El Toussoufi, opposition leader of the Socialist Union of People’s Forces, as prime minister.
    (SFC, 2/5/98, p.A13)
1998        Feb 4, A North Korean diplomat with a UN agency in Rome defected  to South Korea. He reported that North Korea executed its agricultural chief in 1997 and dozens of Communist youth league members in a purge by Kim Jong Il.
    (WSJ, 2/19/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 4, In Rwanda Hutu rebels slaughtered 33 people in the Ruhemgeri region.
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.A12)

1998        Feb 5, Pres. Clinton ordered 2,000 Marines to the Persian Gulf and met with PM Tony Blair of Britain to discuss the possible use of force against Iraq.
    (SFC, 2/6/98, p.E2)
1998        Feb 5, Democratic fundraiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie pleaded innocent in Washington to charges he'd raised illegal donations to buy influence in high places. Trie pleaded guilty in May 1999 to a felony count and a misdemeanor and was sentenced later that year to four months' home detention and three years' probation.
    (AP, 2/5/03)
1998         Feb 5,  A federal judge in Los Angeles threw out Charles Keating's state securities fraud conviction for a second time, saying the trial judge had given jurors flawed instructions. In 1999, on the eve of the retrial of the federal case, Keating entered a plea agreement: he admitted to having committed bankruptcy fraud by extracting $1 million from American Financial Corp. while already anticipating the collapse that happened weeks later; in return, the federal prosecutors dropped all other charges against him and his son, Charles Keating III. He was sentenced to the four years he had already served.
    (AP, 2/5/99)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Keating)
1998        Feb 5, In Germany thousands protested the high unemployment rate. It had reached 12.6%, or 4.8 million people.
    (SFC, 2/6/98, p.E3)
1998        Feb 5, In India a tractor pulling a trolley full of children crashed into a truck and plunged into a river and killed at least 34 in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.11)
1998        Feb 5, In the Ivory Coast Kevin Leveille (26), a Peace Corp worker from Ventura, Ca., was attacked and killed in Tanda. He had 2 months left in his assigned task of working on water and sanitation problems.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.11)
1998        Feb 5, In Kenya Pres. Moi imposed a curfew on towns in the Rift Valley where over 100 people have died in ethnic and political violence. Jomo Kenyatta Univ. in Nairobi was closed following a protest against the violence.
    (WSJ, 2/6/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 5, In Sierra Leone fighting began as Nigerian led intervention forces moved to oust the military junta.
    (SFC, 2/12/98, p.A12)(SFC, 2/13/98, p.D5)

1998        Feb 6, President Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair redoubled their pledge to use military force against Iraq if necessary; during a joint news conference in which the subject of Monica Lewinsky came up, Clinton said he would never resign.
    (AP, 2/6/99)
1998        Feb 6, President Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
    (AP, 2/6/99)
1998        Feb 6, Two US warplanes collided in the Persian Gulf and one of the pilots was killed.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 6, Mayor Brown of SF left for Manila and was expected to sign agreements with Mayor Alfredo Lim for workshops on AIDS, student exchange programs, and other deals, and celebrate 100 years of Philippine independence. Mayor Brown was to continue on to Hanoi.
    (SFC, 2/5/98, p.A18)
1998        Feb 6, The Olympic Games began in Nagano, Japan, and for the first time curling was played as a medal sport.
    (WSJ, 2/6/98, p.A20)
1998        Feb 6, In California Gov. Wilson declared a state of emergency in 22 counties as El Nino storms pounded the state.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 6, In Kentucky a 3-day snow storm left 9 people dead. A record 21 inches fell in Louisville.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 6, Washington became the 27th state to ban same-sex marriages.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 6, Carl Wilson (51), a founding member of The Beach Boys, died in Los Angeles from complications of lung cancer.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D8)(AP, 2/7/99)
1998        Feb 6, In Bosnia government agents arrested Goran Vasic, the suspected gunman of the 1993 murder of deputy prime minister Hakija Turaljic. Serb hard-liners then seized 2 UN buses, several cars and an unknown number of Muslim hostages and demanded the release of Vasic.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 6, In Corsica Claude Erignac, the French governor, was shot a killed by 2 gunmen. In 2003 French police arrested Yvan Colonna for the murder.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A11)(SSFC, 7/6/03, p.A3)
1998        Feb 6, Peru’s Pres. Fujimori took personal control in Piura to shore up the waters of the Ica River which burst its banks. Recent weather related deaths had reached 150. Mudslide damaged parts of the famous Nazca Lines.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A10)(SFC, 2/9/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 6, In Rwanda Hutu rebels hacked to death 48 civilians in the village of Biyahe in the Gisenyi region.
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 6, Saudi Arabia imposed a ban on livestock imported from Somaliland, allegedly due to the threat of Rift Valley Fever.
    (SFC, 4/15/98, p.C2)
1998        Feb 6, In Sri Lanka a suicide bomber killed 10 people in Colombo and rebels pressed attacks on government near Jaffna.
    (WSJ, 2/9/98, p.A1)

1998        Feb 7, The Winter Olympic Games opened in Nagano, Japan.
    (AP, 2/7/99)
1998        Feb 7, It was reported that the Axial Seamount undersea volcano off the coast of the Pacific Northwest was erupting 5,000 feet below sea level.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 7, It was reported that the 8,000 Sq. mile Larsen B ice sheet in Antarctica was breaking up due to rising global temperatures.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 7, It was reported that over 1200 Hooker’s sea lion pups had died in the sub-Antarctic islands south of New Zealand from an unknown disease.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 7, Novelist Lawrence Sanders died at age 78. His debut thriller "The Anderson Tapes" launched his career, and his 38th book was due later this month.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.D8)
1998        Feb 7, In Australia over 1000 defense force personnel were called to help clean up parts of the Northern Territory where the worst  floods in 40 years resulted from the overflowing Katherine River.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 7, Falco (40), Austrian born pop singer, died while on vacation in an auto crash in the Dominican Republic. His hits included "Der Kommissar," "Rock Me Amadeus," and "Vienna Calling."
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D8)

1998        Feb 8, Olga Danilova of Russia won the first gold medal of the Nagano Winter Games in 15-kilometer classical cross-country skiing.
    (AP, 2/8/99)
1998        Feb 8, In Afghanistan new tremors killed up to 250 more people as relief workers struggled to reach the disaster scene.
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.B2)
1998        Feb 8, Greek Cypriots voted in elections with neither main candidate receiving a necessary majority. Pres. Glafcos Cleridas (78) will face former foreign minister George Iacovou on Feb 15.
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 8, In Iceland Halldor Laxness (b.1902), novelist and Nobel Prize winner, died at age 95. His books included "Independent People" (1946), "the Great Weaver of Cashmere," "Salka Valka," "The Atom Station," and "Paradise Reclaimed."
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A24)
1998        Feb 8, In Sierra Leone a jet belonging to West African peacekeepers fired on a tank with a mounted anti-aircraft gun in Freetown and killed 6 people. Nigerian led peacekeepers were moving toward Freetown in an effort to drive the military junta from power.
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.A12)

1998        Feb 9, Pres. Clinton declared 27 counties in California a federal disaster area. Estimated storm damage reached over $275 million.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 9, The Pentagon announced that some 3,000 ground troops from Fort Hood, Texas, were to be sent to the Persian Gulf region over the next 10 days. The move was to discourage "creative thinking" on the part of Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/9/99)
1998        Feb 9, From Georgia it was reported that Steuart and Jane Dewar were attempting to set up a Gorilla Haven for retired gorillas in the area of Morgantown on part of 275 acres they owned in Fannin County. There was substantial neighbor opposition.
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.A11)
1998        Feb 9, At the Nagano Games, German Georg Hackl won the men's luge for the third consecutive Olympics.
    (AP, 2/9/99)
1998        Feb 9, In Colombia rebels blew up the nation’s main oil pipeline spilling 15,000 gallons and forcing a suspension of pumping. It was the 7th attack on a pipeline this year.
    (WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 9, In Tbilisi, Georgia, armed attackers ambushed Pres. Shevardnadze (70). One attacker and one bodyguard were killed.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 9, In Indonesia a curfew was imposed on the town of Ende after 2 days of riots burned 21 stores owned by the ethnic Chinese, who dominate most of the businesses.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 9, In Northern Ireland a Protestant drug dealer, Brendan Campbell (33), and a Protestant militant, Bobby Dougan (38), were slain in separate incidents. Police blamed the IRA and a dissident gang.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.B3)
1998        Feb 9, South Korean unions voted down a pact to make it easier for businesses to lay off workers. The unions also called for a nationwide strike this week. The strike was called off.
    (WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/13/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 9, In Mexico it was reported that flash floods in Tijuana killed at least 13 people.
    (WSJ, 2/9/98, p.A1)

1998        Feb 10, Dr. David Satcher was confirmed as Surgeon General by the US Senate.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/10/99)
1998        Feb 10, Voters in Maine repealed a gay rights law. Gov. Angus King called it unfortunate.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A2)(AP, 2/10/99)
1998        Feb 10, Monica Lewinsky's mother, Marcia Lewis, testified before the grand jury investigating her daughter's alleged affair with President Clinton.
    (AP, 2/10/99)
1998        Feb 10, Speedskater Hiroyasu Shimizu won Japan's first gold medal of the Nagano Olympics, in the 500-meter event.
    (AP, 2/10/99)
1998        Feb 10, French legislators approved a reduction in the workweek from 39 to 35 hours.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.B3)

1998        Feb 11, Attorney General Janet Reno asked for an independent prosecutor to investigate whether Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt had misled Congress in connection with an Indian casino controversy; The counsel, Carol Elder Bruce, found no wrongdoing on Babbitt's part.
    (AP, 2/11/03)
1998        Feb 11, KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offered Monica Lewinsky $5M for an interview.
    (MC, 2/11/02)
1998        Feb 11, Skier Jonny Moseley won the first U.S. gold medal at Nagano, in men's moguls freestyle; Picabo Street won the women's super-G. Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati was stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for marijuana. His medal was later reinstated.
    (AP, 2/11/99)
1998        Feb 11, Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, was named as director of the Greenpeace environmental group. Greenpeace had an annual worldwide income of about $160 mil.
    (SFEC, 2/15/98, p.A7)
1998        Feb 11, In Hungary Janos Fenyo (43) was gunned down while sitting in his car at a Budapest traffic light. In 2019 a murder indictment was filed against Tamas Gyarfas, the former head of Hungary's swimming federation, for allegedly ordering the killing of Fenyo, a rival media mogul.
    (AP, 7/30/19)
1998        Feb 11, In Montenegro former Pres. Momir Bulatovic was indicted with 3 senior aides for activity against the state during the January riots.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.D5)
1998        Feb 11, Russia’s Pres. Yeltsin completed a 3 day visit to Italy and scored $5 billion in trade and investment contracts.
    (SFC, 2/12/98, p.A14)

1998        Feb 12, US federal district judge T. Hogan struck down Pres. Clinton's new Line-Item Veto Act as unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.A3)(AP, 2/12/03)
1998        Feb 12, Intel unveiled its 1st graphics chip, the i740.
    (MC, 2/12/02)
1998        Feb 12, NASA planned a rocket launch from Tortuguero base in Puerto Rico. 10 more rockets were planned for launch over the next 30 days.
    (SFC, 2/2/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 12, At Nagano, Norwegian Bjorn Daehlie became the first man to win six Winter Olympic gold medals, as he placed first in the 10-kilometer classical cross-country race.
    (AP, 2/12/99)
1998        Feb 12, An appeals panel reinstated Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati's gold medal, a day after he was stripped of the honor for testing positive for marijuana.
    (AP, 2/12/99)
1998        Feb 12, The Cuban government announced that over 200 inmates held on political and other charges would be released.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.D2)
1998        Feb 12, In Indonesia Pres. Suharto ordered the military to move against anti-government activists. The previous day police detained some 140 protestors in Jakarta.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.D2)
1998        Feb 12, In Italy over 250 cars crashed on the foggy highway A-13 between Padua and Bologna. Four people were killed and dozens were injured.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.D2)
1998        Feb 12, In Sierra Leone the Nigerian led intervention force captured the country’s State House in Freetown.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.D5)
1998        Feb 12, In Sudan Lt. Gen’l. Al-Zubeir Mohammad Saleh, the country’s first vice-president, was killed along with 7 others in a plane crash in the southern Sudan. Rebels of the SPLA claimed to have shot the plane down.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.D5)

1998        Feb 13, Dr. David Satcher was sworn in as US surgeon general during an Oval Office ceremony.
    (AP, 2/13/08)
1998        Feb 13, The United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract agreement with Caterpillar Inc.; union members rejected the agreement, which was revised and later ratified, ending a bitter dispute that lasted more than six years.
    (AP, 2/13/99)
1998        Feb 13, The Dow Jones rose to another record high of 8,370.1.
    (SFC, 2/14/98, p.D1)
1998        Feb 13, In Indonesia rioting and looting spread to at least 8 towns.
    (SFC, 2/14/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 13, In Sierra Leone Freetown fell to Nigerian led forces. Two helicopter gunships with some 50 senior members of the military junta were captured near Monrovia.
    (SFC, 2/14/98, p.A8)

1998        Feb 14, The rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" opened off Broadway at the Jane Street Theater. It was written by John Cameron Mitchell.
    (SFC, 11/20/02, p.D1)
1998        Feb 14, Authorities officially declared Eric Rudolph a suspect in the bombing of a Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic and offered a $100,000 reward.
    (AP, 2/14/03)
1998        Feb 14, Hansel Mieth, photojournalist, died in Santa Rosa at age 88. She and her husband Otto Hagel began taking photographs in the farmlands and labor camps of California in the 1930s.
    (SFC, 2/17/98, p.B8)
1998        Feb 14, In India the Tamil Nadu election campaign ended with bombings and riots in Coimbatore. Some 13 bombs in 11 places took 46 lives.
    (SFC, 2/16/98, p.A11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_Coimbatore_bombings)
1998        Feb 14, Russia's Ilya Kulik won the men's figure skating gold medal at the Nagano Olympics.
    (AP, 2/14/99)
1998        Feb 14, In Britain Lord Granville of Eye, the oldest member of the British Parliament, died at age 102. He fought in WW I at Gallipoli and entered Parliament in 1929.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.A18)
1998        Feb 14, In Cameroon a train hauling oil tanker cars derailed and collided with an oncoming train outside Yaounde. It exploded and killed up to 100 people.
    (SFEC, 2/15/98, p.A24)

1998        Feb 15, Monica Lewinsky's attorney, William Ginsburg, continued his harsh criticism of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr for alleged leaks of information to the news media, charging on CNN that his client's constitutional rights were being trampled.
    (AP, 2/15/03)
1998        Feb 15, Two Japanese ski jumpers, Kazuyoshi Funaki and Masahiko Harada, leapt to gold and bronze medals in the 120-meter event at the Nagano Olympics.
    (AP, 2/15/99)
1998        Feb 15, Armed men killed 32 people in 3 weekend attacks. 17 people had their throats slit in Saida, Algeria.
    (SFC, 2/16/98, p.A11)
1998        Feb 15, Pres. Glafcos Clerides (1919-2013) won a 2nd 5-year term in Cyprus elections with a 50.8% margin.
    (SFC, 2/16/98, p.A11)(AP, 11/16/13)
1998        Feb 15, In the Czech Republic a young Gypsy woman was pushed into the Elbe River by 3 skinheads. Her body was recovered 2 days later. It was the 3rd attack on Gypsies in 4 weeks. 3 suspects were detained.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.C3)

1998        Feb 16, Mr. Jefferson, the 1st cloned calf, was born in Virginia.
1998        Feb 16, In Afghanistan 27 people died of the cold. Some 30,000 earthquake survivors were sent 24 truckloads of aid by the Taliban.
    (WSJ, 2/18/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 16, The 66-foot “Angel of the North" sculpture by Antony Gormley was completed in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England.
    (Econ, 6/6/15, p.46)
1998        Feb 16, In Bihar, India, 20 people were killed during the first round of voting.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 16, In China Ren Chengjian was hauled back to Zhengzhou from the US where he faced charges of stealing vast sums, $42 million, from state-run banks and companies.
    (SFC, 10/17/98, p.A14)
1998        Feb 16, Skier Hermann Maier of Austria won the Super-G and Katja Seizinger of Germany won the women's downhill at the Nagano Olympics; Russia's Pasha Grishuk and Yeggeny Platov won the ice dancing event.
    (AP, 2/16/08)
1998        Feb 16, In Turkey the government banned Muslim headwear by female students and teachers at religious schools. Separately the leadership of the main Kurdish political party was imprisoned on charges of links to separatist rebels.
    (WSJ, 2/17/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 16, In Taiwan a China Airlines Airbus A300-600R crashed at Chiang Kai-shek airport while trying to land in fog. 196 people on board were killed plus 6 on the ground. The passengers included the governor of Taiwan’s Central Bank and other financial officials.
    (SFC, 2/17/98, p.A6)(AP, 2/16/08)

1998        Feb 17, The U.S. women's hockey team won the gold medal at Nagano, Japan, defeating Canada 3-1.
    (AP, 2/17/99)
1998        Feb 17, President Clinton, preparing Americans for possible air strikes against Iraq, said military force is never the first answer "but sometimes it's the only answer."
    (AP, 2/17/99)
1998        Feb 17, A jury in Fort Worth, Texas, convicted former Naval Academy midshipman Diane Zamora (20) of killing a 16-year-old romantic rival. Zamora and her ex-boyfriend, former US Air Force Academy cadet David Graham, were sentenced to life in prison in the slaying of Adrianne Jones.   
    (AP, 2/17/08)
1998        Feb 17, The US government began an airwave auction to sell rights for 1,150 Mhz chunks of microwave radio spectrum at 28 gigahertz. The spectrum was expected to be used in Local Multipoint Distribution Services (LMDS).
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.B1)
1998        Feb 17, UN Sec. Gen’l. Kofi Annan announced that he would travel to Baghdad to try to resolve the ongoing crises over Saddam Hussein’s refusal to allow unconditional weapons inspections.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.C2)
1998        Feb 17, In Detroit a landlord paid an arsonist (35) a Rottweiler dog for setting a fire to get rid of a family on her property. The fire killed 4 children.
    (SFC, 2/19/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 17, Bob Merrill (b.1921), composer and lyricist, died from suicide at age 74. His work included the musicals "Carnival" and "Funny Girl" and the song "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window."
1998        Feb 17, In Belgium a parliamentary panel found no police complicity in the killings of 4 girls in Charleroi that sparked demonstrations in 1996.
    (WSJ, 2/18/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 17, Ernst Juenger, German writer, died at age 102.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.A18)
1998        Feb 17, In Indonesia Pres. Suharto fired Soedradjad Djiwandono, the country’s Central Bank chief.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.C3)
1998        Feb 17, An Iranian crowd cheered as US wrestlers carried the Stars and Stripes into an international meet in Tehran.
    (AP, 2/17/99)
1998        Feb 17, In Sierra Leone 7 Western relief workers were reported kidnapped.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.C3)

1988        Feb 18, The American hockey team in Nagano lost to the Czechs. Members of the team that night trashed their quarters in the Olympic Village, drained a fire extinguisher and tossed it out their 5th story window.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A1,16)
1998        Feb 18, President Clinton's foreign policy team encountered jeers during a town meeting at Ohio State University while trying to defend the administration's threat to bomb Iraq into compliance with UN weapons edicts.
    (AP, 2/18/99)
1998        Feb 18, A military helicopter crashed in central California during a training mission and 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/19/98, p.A22)
1998        Feb 18, Harry Caray, baseball broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs and other teams, died at age 77. Sportscaster Harry Caray died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 83.
    (WSJ, 2/19/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/18/99)

1998        Feb 19, At the Nagano Olympics, Austrian Hermann Maier won the men's giant slalom while Hilde Gerg of Germany won the women's slalom.
    (AP, 2/19/99)
1998        Feb 19, Federal officials in Henderson, Nevada, arrested Larry Wayne Harris and William Job Leavitt for possession of suspected anthrax bacterium. Harris had earlier published the 131-page book: "Bacteriological Warfare: A Major Threat to North America." The substance turned out to be a harmless veterinary vaccine. Harris was later sentenced to 6 months probation.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A1,8)(SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A11)(SFC, 3/25/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 19, Scientists reported the discovery of the brain’s hunger hormone. It was named "orexin" after the Greek word "orexis" meaning hunger.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A11)
1998        Feb 19, In Colombia Jose Nelson Urrego, aka "El Loco" and the purported head of the so-called Cartel del Norte del Valle, was arrested.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A14)
1998        Feb 19, In Georgia gunmen kidnapped 4 UN observers and 6 civilians and demanded the release of 7 suspects held for last week’s assassination attempt on Pres. Shevardnadze.
    (WSJ, 2/20/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 19, In Indonesia 3 Chinese tycoons led by Liem Sioe Liong, the No. 1 individual taxpayer, started a huge food giveaway to the poor. In Kendari mobs attacked Chinese-owned shops and homes. In Jakarta some 600 students demanded that the government quit.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/20/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 19, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan set out for Iraq on a last-chance peace mission, saying he was "reasonably optimistic" about ending the standoff over weapons inspections without the use of force.
    (AP, 2/19/99)
1998        Feb 19, North Korean officials sent letters to South Korea offering talks between political parties and civic groups.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 19, In Pakistan Kanwar Ahson was arrested in Karachi, a Mohajir-dominated city of 14 million, for having sex outside of marriage with his lover Riffat Afridi, who was in hiding. The couple were of rival ethnic groups and the Afridi’s father refused to allow them to marry. They married last week and set off a riot where 2 people were killed and 8 injured.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A14)
1998        Feb 19, In Switzerland police arrested 3 Israeli Mossad agents for spying on diplomats in Bern.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A9)

1998        Feb 20, With the U.S. military poised to attack Iraq, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan began a final campaign to end the crisis over U.N weapons inspections without bloodshed.
    (AP, 2/20/99)
1998        Feb 20, UN Ambassador Bill Richardson was shouted down by protestors against the invasion of Iraq at the Univ. of Minnesota. He abandoned his speech.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 20, The UN Security Council voted to more than double the amount of oil Iraq may sell to buy food and medicine. The increase was from $2 bil to $5.256 bil, although Iraq has said it was only capable of producing $4 billion worth of oil over six months. With the US military poised to attack Iraq, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan began a final campaign to end the crisis over weapons inspections without bloodshed.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)(AP, 2/21/08)
1998        Feb 20, In New York an FBI sting led to the arrest of 2 Chinese conspiring to arrange transplants of organs taken from the bodies of executed Chinese inmates.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 20, In Colombia Army Major Eduardo Santos Vergara and 3 local police commanders were arrested for allegedly collaborating with paramilitary death squads in the north. They were accused of being responsible for the Nov. murder of Carlos Arturo Quiroz in San Jacinto.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A9)
1998        Feb 20, In the Congo troops of Pres. Kabila were sent to quell a rebellion by Mai-Mai tribal warriors. A human rights group, Azadho, later charged the troops in a massacre of over 300 civilians in Butembo.
    (SFC, 3/7/98, p.A10)
1998        Feb 20, Tens of thousands of Croats protested in Zagreb against high unemployment and falling living standards.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A10)
1998         Feb 20, In Israel hundreds of Israeli Arabs protested the threatened US strike against Iraq.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 20, Tara Lipinski of the U.S. won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, becoming at age 15 the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history; Michelle Kwan won the silver.
    (AP, 2/20/99)
1998        Feb 20, In Jordan a pro-Iraq march turned violent and one person was killed.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 20, In Northern Ireland Sinn Fein was suspended from peace talks for 17 days on condition that it not engage in violence.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 20, In Northern Ireland a 500-pound bomb in Moira left 11 people injured and wrecked a police station. It was blamed on the Continuity Army Council, an IRA splinter group.
    (SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A21)
1998        Feb 20, In New Zealand a 4th power cable failed in Auckland and the city was left without power. Full service was not expected until Mar 9.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A7)
1998        Feb 20, In Sierra Leone former pres. Joseph Momoh was caught while trying to escape the capital under disguise as a woman. He was alleged to be a close advisor to the junta that ousted Pres. Kabbah.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A9)

1998        Feb 21, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan began formal talks with Iraqi officials in the standoff over weapons inspections.
    (AP, 2/21/99)
1998        Feb 21, Julian Bond was elected chairman of the 64-member board of the NAACP.
    (SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 21, In India the governor in Uttar Pradesh state ousted the Hindu nationalist government and protests followed. The government was restored by a court a few days later.
    (WSJ, 2/24/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 21, In Pakistan two Iranian engineers were killed in "sectarian violence."
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, p.T14)

1998        Feb 22, Revival of "King & I," closed at Neil Simon Theater in NYC after 781 performances.
1998        Feb 22, In Chicago Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, spoke before a crowd of 10,000 at McCormick Place. The speech capped a weekend celebration of the birth of founder W.D. Fard Muhammad. Farrakhan had recently completed a 37-nation world tour.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A6)
1998        Feb 22, In Peoria, Ill., United Auto Workers rejected a new contract with Caterpillar Inc. The dispute was into its 6th year.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A2)
1998        Feb 22, Abraham A. Ribicoff, the former Connecticut governor and senator who served as President Kennedy's secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, died in Riverdale, N.Y., at age 87.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5) (AP, 2/22/99)
1998        Feb 22, In Rio de Janeiro the Palace II, built by Sergio Naya, collapsed during Carnival and 8 people were crushed. The building was built by a construction company owned by federal deputy Sergio Naya of the Brazilian Progress Party.  Faulty construction was uncovered.
    (FT, 3/4/98, p.6)(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A17)(www.novomilenio.inf.br/humor/0105f002.htm)
1998        Feb 22, The Czech Republic defeated Russia 1-0 to win men's hockey as the Nagano Winter Olympics came to a close.
    (WSJ, 2/5/98, p.A20) (AP, 2/22/99)
1998        Feb 22, In Chechnya guerrilla leader Salman Raduyev announced a reconciliation with the Chechen leadership.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 22, In India clashes during voting left 12 dead and over 40 injured across the country.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 22, In Indonesia the government banned rallies until mid-March. Government troops last week killed 5 people and arrested 921 others during riots.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 22, In Iraq UN Sec.-Gen’l. Kofi Annan managed to secure an agreement from Saddam Hussein to allow the inspection process to proceed.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 22, In Sri Lanka rebel gunboats attacked a 12-ship convoy carrying soldiers to northern Sri Lanka. Up to 70 people were killed when 2 vessels were sunk. Rebel casualties were estimated at 30. At least 6 of the 25 rebel boats were destroyed.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A12)

1998        Feb 23, President Clinton gave cautious approval to a U.N. agreement reached by Secretary-General Kofi Annan with Saddam Hussein for monitoring suspected weapons sites in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/23/99)
1998        Feb 23, The California State Supreme Court ruled that anybody can sue a corner store or gas station for selling cigarettes to minors.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A22)
1998        Feb 23, In Florida 6-10 tornadoes killed forty-two people. Some 2,600 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, by tornadoes in Seminole, Osceola, Orange, Brevard and Volusia counties Florida.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/24/98, p.A1) (AP, 2/23/99)
1998        Feb 23, In Afghanistan Osama bin Laden declared a holy war on the US. Bin Laden announced the formation of the World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders. It called on Muslims worldwide to attack Americans. The Al Quds Al-Arabi newspaper published a statement that announced an alliance between Dr. Zawahri, head of the Egyptian Jihad, and Osama bin Laden. "We—with God’s help—call on every Muslim…to comply with God’s order to kill Americans."
    (WSJ, 4/2/02, p.A18)(WSJ, 7/2/02, p.A8)(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A8)
1998        Feb 23, A bomb exploded under a passing train near El Affroune, Algeria. Ten people were killed and 25 injured.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A10)
1998        Feb 23, In Colombia Pres. Samper denied his weekend offer to resign in order to improve relations with the US.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 23, In India in Andhra Pradesh state leftist guerrillas set off a mine that killed 5 soldiers sent to guard polling stations.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 23, In Northern Ireland a bomb leveled 2 buildings in Portadown. The Continuity IRA was suspected in the blast that started a fire and damaged roofs and windows across the town.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 23, South Korea’s Pres.-elect Kim Dae Jung named Kim Jong Pil, founder of the Korea Central Intelligence Agency, as prime minister.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A12)

1998        Feb 24, It was reported that German researchers used human fibroblast growth factor, FGF-1, to grow new blood vessels around clogged coronary arteries.
    (WSJ, 2/24/98, p.B1)
1998        Feb 24, Henny Youngman died in New York City at age 91-92. He was a tireless comic who quipped "Take my wife -- please" and countless other one-liners during a career that spanned seven decades.
    (SFC, 2/25/98, p.C2)(AP, 2/24/99)
1998        Feb 24, In Colombia Victor Manuel Carranza, aka the "Emerald King," was arrested near Bogota on charges of financing right-wing paramilitary death squads.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A9)
1998        Feb 24, In Germany 6 service-sector unions agreed to merge by year 2000 to create the world’s largest union with 4 million members.
    (WSJ, 2/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 24, In Israel Mossad chief Danny Yatom resigned over the agency’s botched attempt to poison a Hamas leader in Jordan on Sep 25.
    (SFC, 2/27/98, p.D2)
1998        Feb 24, In Turkey the former Welfare Party changed its name to the Virtue Party and elected Recai Kutan as leader. Separately university students protested a  ban on Islamic dress.
    (WSJ, 2/25/98, p.A1)

1998        Feb 25, At the Grammy Awards, Bob Dylan won best album and best contemporary folk album for "Time Out of Mind" while Shawn Colvin won song and record of the year for "Sunny Came Home."
    (AP, 2/25/99)
1998        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court threw out a 16-year-old government rule that allowed company credit unions to accept members from other companies.
    (AP, 2/25/99)
1998        Feb 25, The US Congress for the first time reversed Pres. Clinton’s line item veto and restored 38 military projects.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 25, In Georgia the UN prisoners were freed and the leader of the kidnapping group escaped.
    (WSJ, 2/26/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 25, Harlan H. Hatcher, President Emeritus of the Univ. of Mich., died at age 99. He wrote several books on the history of the Great Lakes region.
    (MT, Sum. ‘98, p.6)
1998        Feb 25, From Peru it was reported that the country was abandoning its campaign of sterilizing women.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 25, In South Korea Pres. Kim Dae Jung, once South Korea's leading dissident,  began his office. His political opposition blocked his choice for prime minister.
    (WSJ, 2/23/98, p.A1)(SFC, 2/26/98, p.A7)(AP, 2/25/99)
1998        Feb 25, In Sierra Leone Bo was captured by Nigerian-led peacekeeping troops. The city was reported badly damaged with many dead.
    (WSJ, 2/26/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 25, In Switzerland the first legal brothel opened in Zurich.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A13)

1998        Feb 26, A jury in Amarillo, Texas, rejected an $11 million lawsuit brought by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey's talk show for a price fall after a segment on food safety that included a discussion about mad-cow disease.
    (AP, 2/26/99)
1998        Feb 26, The US waived the 2-year-old sanctions against Colombia. Military and economic aid were expected to follow.
    (WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 26, The US certified Mexico as a fully cooperating partner in the war on drugs.
    (SFC, 2/27/98, p.A18)
1998        Feb 26, Azerbaijan accused Armenia of launching fresh attacks over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 26, Three Israeli soldiers were killed in a Hezbollah attack in southern Lebanon.
    (WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 26, Near Tokyo 3 businessmen hanged themselves in a suburban hotel  due to economic difficulties and the resulting loss of face.
    (SFC, 2/27/98, p.D4)

1998        Feb 27, FBI arrested suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati, their 10th most wanted.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1998        Feb 27, The journal Science reported that scientists suspected an unknown "repulsive force" to be acting against gravity and speeding the expansion of the universe.
    (SFC, 2/27/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 27, Jack Micheline (born as Harvey Martin Silver in NY), Bohemian poet, died at 68 of a heart attack on a BART train between SF and Orinda. His first book of poetry was "River of Red Wine," and his last was "Sixty Seven Poems for Downtrodden Saints."
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.D8)
1998        Feb 27, With the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's House of Lords agreed to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son.
    (AP, 2/27/99)
1998        Feb 27, The World Court ruled that it has the authority to decide on the location of a trial for the 2 Libyans accused of blowing up a jet over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
    (SFC, 2/28/98, p.A10)
1998        Feb 27, From Indonesia it was reported that hundreds of fires were burning in Kalimantan, Borneo. Most were set by loggers and small farmers. Drought was fueling the fires and already 34,600 acres were destroyed this year.
    (SFC, 2/27/98, p.D2)

1998        Feb 28, In weekly radio addresses, President Clinton and Republicans sparred over education, with Clinton describing tests showing American high school students lagging behind those of other industrial nations as a "wake-up call" while the Republicans blamed the disappointing results on a "hungry bureaucracy in Washington" that gobbles up education funds.
    (AP, 2/28/99)
1998        Feb 28, Albert Lippert, co-founder of the Weight Watchers diet program, died at age 72.
    (SFC, 3/4/98, p.C4)
1998        Feb 28, The elections came to a close. The BJP built its campaign around candidate for prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (71). The Congress Party was led by Sonia Gandhi. Jayaram Jayalalitha led the All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam party in Tamil Nadu which won 18 seats in parliament. Jayalitha hoped to have charges against her quashed and the government of Tamu Nidal dismissed. Vajpayee returned to power for 13 months after forging an alliance of 22 parties, mostly regional power brokers with disparate local appeal.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.A18)(SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A19)(AP, 8/16/18)
1998        Feb 28, In Likoshan two Serbian police officers were killed. Police blamed the Kosovo Liberation Army. The Serbian SAJ, an anti-terrorist unit, was immediately called to the scene and rounded up 10 males who were summarily shot. Another 15 villagers were also killed.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A8)

1998        Feb, Wired reported that Sony and Fujifilm developed a floppy disk that reads and writes to a 200-Mbyte, 3.5-inch disk and is backwards compatibles to current floppies.
    (Wired, 2/98, p.108)
1998        Feb, Eduardo Eurnakian (65), head of a billion dollar media empire, won a 30-year concession to run 33 of Argentina’s main airports.
    (WSJ, 2/24/98, p.A18)
1998        Feb, In Bangladesh the war between the 13 tribes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the central government ended after 22 years of fighting. Warriors began turning in their weapons and lump sum payments were to be made to rebels. The tribes were Buddhist Southeast Asian peoples with their own languages. Their struggle was with Bengali-speaking intruders of Indo-Aryan and Muslim background.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb, In Belgium Noel Godin inspired a group of followers to cast a cream tart onto the face of Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft Corp.
    (SFC, 4/25/98, p.A10)
1998        Feb, Abbas Janabi (50), a former journalist and personal secretary to Odai Hussein (34), defected from Iraq and went into hiding in Europe. Janabi later corroborated reports that Odai was responsible for extensive oil smuggling along with other material goods.
    (SFC, 10/21/98, p.C2)(http://tinyurl.com/9wsfz)
1998        Feb, In Guadalajara, Mexico, Moises Padilla (33) was kidnapped and tortured with knives. He was left naked and bleeding with 68 wounds and told to "Stop saying bad things about the Servant of God." Padilla was a principal witness in charges against Samuel Joaquin Flores and his evangelical group the Light of the World."
    (SFC, 2/19/98, p.A8,10)
1998        Feb, Iran began to close down shipments of illicit Iraqi oil.
    (SFC, 3/16/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 1, "Art" opened at Royale Theater NYC.
    (SC, 3/1/02)
1998        Mar 1, Burma’s military regime arrested 40 people it accused of planning to assassinate leaders and bomb buildings.
    (WSJ, 3/2/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 1, China pledged to spend $32.6 billion to stabilize nearly insolvent state banks amid the Asian financial crises.
    (WSJ, 1/4/99, p.R4)
1998        Mar 1, In Germany, Lower Saxony Governor Gerhard Schroeder won a sweeping re-election that paved the way for his successful campaign to oust Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
    (AP, 3/1/99)
1998        Mar 1, Weekend clashes in Kosovo left 24 ethnic Albanians and 4 Serb policemen dead. Police arrested 5 people and seized weapons caches.
    (WSJ, 3/2/98, p.A1)(FT, 3/4/98, p.1)

1998        Mar 2, Henry Steele Commager (b.1902), American historian and champion of the Constitution, died in Amherst, Mass. He and R.B. Morris edited the 40-volume series "The Rise of the American Nation."
    (WSJ, 3/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/3/98, p.D8)
1998        Mar 2, Natascha Kampusch (10) vanished in Vienna, Austria, on her way to school, triggering a massive search that extended into neighboring Hungary. In 2006 Kampusch, who had been held captive in a cellar, managed to escape. Wolfgang Priklopil (44), her alleged abductor, committed suicide by jumping in front of a train. In 2007 Natascha’s mother, Brigitta Sirny authored: "Desperate Years: My life Without Natascha." In 2008 Herwig Haidinger, the former head of Austria's Federal Criminal Investigations Bureau, accused authorities of ignoring a tip in April 1998 from a local policeman that pointed to Priklopil. He also alleged that Interior Ministry officials refused to look into that accusation once Kampusch reappeared, so to avoid a scandal before parliamentary elections that fall.
    (AP, 8/24/06)(AP, 8/8/07)(AP, 2/11/08)
1998        Mar 2, U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed Secretary-General Kofi Annan's deal to open Iraq's presidential palaces to arms inspectors.
    (AP, 3/299)
1998        Mar 2, Serb police clashed with 30,000 protesting Albanians in Kosovo.
    (WSJ, 3/3/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 2-3, Rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said that some 70 government soldiers were killed near the Caguan River. The bodies of 58 were later recovered. Forty soldiers were rescued and 27 were captured. The fate of 28 was unknown.
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/11/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 3, Presidential confidant Vernon Jordan testified before the grand jury investigating the Monica Lewinsky matter.
    (AP, 3/3/99)
1998        Mar 3, It was reported that the US had slashed aid to fight drugs in Bolivia by 75% or some $34 million. Aid in 1997 was $46 million. The allocation was partly shifted to Colombia.
    (SFC, 3/3/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 3, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that his company wasn't a monopoly out to crush rivals in the Internet software market.
    (AP, 3/3/99)
1998        Mar 3, The US Supreme Court ruled that local lawmakers' votes are immune to lawsuits even if they had been based on illegal or discriminatory motives.
    (AP, 3/3/99)
1998        Mar 3, Larry Doby (d.2003 at 79), the first black player in the American League (1947), was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 3/3/99)(WSJ, 6/20/03, p.A1)
1998        Mar 3, Former CBS News president Fred W. Friendly died in New York at age 82.
    (AP, 3/3/99)
1998        Mar 3, Dr. Hans J. Muller-Eberhard, one of the first scientists to explain the importance of the complement system, died in Houston. He showed that front line attack of the immune system was a complex of about 20 separate protein molecules that together attacked cells through a series of reactions referred to as a cascade.
    (SFC, 3/8/98, p.C5)
1998        Mar 3, In Germany over 130,000 public sector workers stopped work. The 2nd walkout in 2 days was for a 4.5% increase in pay.
    (SFC, 3/4/98, p.C4)
1998        Mar 3, In India the BJP with regional allies emerged as the largest grouping from the general election. It was still 20 seats short of a governing majority in the 543-seat parliament.
    (FT, 3/4/98, p.1)
1998        Mar 3, In Mexico Senator Layda Sansores discovered a government spy center in Campeche. 22 similar operations throughout the country were indicated by the records found.
    (SFC, 4/13/98, p.A11)
1998        Mar 3, In Northern Ireland Damien Trainor (25) and Phillip Allen (34) were shot and killed by sectarian gunmen in the Railway Bar in Poyntzpass. Three others were wounded.
    (SFC, 3/5/98, p.A12)
1998        Mar 3, In Kosovo, Serbia, a mass funeral of 30,000 was held for 24 ethnic Albanians killed Feb 28.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A8)
1998        Mar 3, In Zimbabwe a strike over soaring taxes and food prices left 80% of the nation’s workers at home.
    (SFC, 3/4/98, p.C4)

1998        Mar 4, The US Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment at work can be illegal even when the offender and victim are of the same gender.
    (WSJ, 1/4/99, p.R4)(AP, 3/4/99)
1998        Mar 4, The US House approved a special referendum in Puerto Rico that would allow voters to choose one of 3 options: continued commonwealth status, statehood or independence.
    (SFC, 3/5/98, p.A5)
1998        Mar 4, A judge ordered Miami to hold a new mayoral election, saying widespread absentee-ballot fraud played a role in the victory of Xavier Suarez the previous fall.
    (AP, 3/4/99)

1998        Mar 5, Details of President Clinton's deposition testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case against him were published in The Washington Post, prompting an angry denunciation from the president for the news leak.
    (AP, 3/5/99)
1998        Mar 5, NASA officials announced that the Lunar Prospector probe found the presence of water on the moon at the north and south poles. As much as 100 million tons of water was estimated. They said that the water frozen in the loose soil of the moon might support a lunar base and a human colony.
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/6/98, p.A1)(AP, 3/5/99)
1998        Mar 5, In a speech by Premier Li Peng it was announced that China planned to eliminate 11 ministries and lay off as many as 4 million bureaucrats. The plan was developed by economic chief Zhu Rongji, who was expected to replace Li Peng.
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.A12)
1998        Mar 5, In Japan prosecutors raided the Finance Ministry and later arrested 2 officials, Takashi Sakakibara and Toshio Miyano for accepting bribes in exchange for approving new financial products.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.B3)
1998        Mar 5, In Chiapas, Mexico, 46 prison inmates escaped after a labor group of taxi drivers marched into the Ocosingo jail in a protest demanding the release of some inmates and the withdrawal of government troops.
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.A13)
1998        Mar 5, Serbian police mounted a counterinsurgency operation and killed 20 ethnic Albanians in the Drenica region of Kosovo.
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.A13)
1998        Mar 5, In Colombo, Sri Lanka, a bus bomb with at least 2 shrapnel-laden bombs killed at least 32 people and injured over 300.
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.A12)

1998        Mar 6, It was reported that the conservative Tax Foundation estimated that the state of Mississippi received $1.64 for a $1.00 it sent to Washington.
    (WSJ, 3/6/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 6, The US Army honored three Americans who risked their lives and turned their weapons on fellow soldiers to stop the slaughter of Vietnamese villagers at My Lai in 1968.
    (AP, 3/6/99)
1998        Mar 6, Matthew Beck (35), a Connecticut state lottery accountant, shot to death three supervisors and the lottery chief before killing himself.
    (SFC, 3/7/98, p.A3)(AP, 3/6/99)
1998        Mar 6, It was reported that Panama hired a Canadian Indian tribe, the Tsuu T’ina, to clean out unexploded bombs and shells from an area of Empire Range, which US military forces abandoned.
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.A12)
1998        Mar 6, The IMF announced that it would delay the release of $3 billion in aid to Indonesia because basic requirements were not yet met.
    (SFC, 3/9/98, p.A11)
1998        Mar 6, Francesca Trombino, lawyer, was bludgeoned to death in Pordenone, Italy. She was representing a US Marine in the Feb 3 cable-car disaster. She was also representing the wife of the captured suspect in a divorce case.
    (SFC, 3/7/98, p.A7)
1998        Mar 6, Police in Kosovo reported that they killed Adem Jashari, a leader in the Kosovo Liberation Army, in Donji Prekaz in the Drenica region. 45 Albanians and 6 Serb police were reported dead. Of the 46 bodies 11 were women and 9 children. six of the men were elderly.
    (SFC, 3/7/98, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 7, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, speaking in Rome, said the United States wouldn't tolerate any more violence in Kosovo, which she blamed on Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 3/7/99)

1998        Mar 8, James McDougal, one of the most important cooperating witnesses in Kenneth Starr's Whitewater investigation, died of cardiac arrest in a federal medical prison in Fort Worth, Texas, at age 57.
    (SFC, 3/9/98, p.A1) (AP, 3/8/99)
1998        Mar 8, More than a foot of wind-driven snow paralyzed travel across the central Plains and Midwest.
    (AP, 3/8/99)
1998        Mar 8, Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Nitschke died in Florida at age 61.
    (AP, 3/8/99)
1998        Mar 8, In northern Afghanistan an avalanche crushed the village of Darbandi and killed 70 people.
    (SFC, 3/7/98, p.A11)
1998        Mar 8, In Algeria attackers slit the throats of 6 people on a farm in Haouch Mena, near the home village of Antar Zouabri, believed to be the leader of the militant Armed Islamic Group.
    (SFC, 3/9/98, p.A11)
1998        Mar 8, Colombia elected new representatives to Congress. Rebels interference forced vote cancellations in 46 municipalities. 8 guerrillas and 7 soldiers were reported killed in combat.
    (SFC, 3/7/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 8, In Israel a letter from over 1,500 Israeli army reserve officers urged Pres. Netanyahu to curb settlements and reach a West Bank deal with Palestinians.
    (WSJ, 3/9/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 8, In Kosovo 7,000 Albanian women marched against the crackdown on separatist guerrillas.
    (SFC, 3/9/98, p.A10)

1998        Mar 9, In a case pitting former high school sweethearts against each other, Brian Peterson pleaded guilty in Wilmington, Del., to manslaughter in the death of his newborn son in a Newark, N.J., motel and agreed to testify against the mother, Amy Grossberg. A month later, Grossberg also pleaded guilty to manslaughter; she ended up serving nearly two years of a 2 1/2-year sentence; Peterson served 1 1/2 years of a two-year sentence.
    (AP, 3/9/08)
1998        Mar 9, It was reported that the government owned the fastest computer, an Intel ASCI Red unit at the Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque. It was designed to perform 1.5 trillion operations per second. It was planned to develop computers capable of 30 trillion calculations per second by 2001, and 100 trillion per second by 2004.
    (SFC, 3/9/98, p.A7)
1998        Mar 9, A vast storm caused deadly flooding in the US South and heavy snows in the Midwest. In Elba, Alabama, the Pea River broke its levee and put the town under 5 feet of water. The death toll rose to 8 after 3 days of storms.
    (SFC, 3/10/98, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 9, In Israel soldiers at a checkpoint killed 3 Palestinian laborers in a van near Hebron. Two soldiers involved were arrested.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A8)
1998        Mar 9, In Paraguay a military tribunal sentenced Lino Oviedo to 10 years in jail for leading an attempted coup in 1996 and for insulting Pres. Wasmosy in 1997.
    (SFC, 3/10/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 9, An arms embargo was imposed on Yugoslavia by the US, Britain and other powers. It lasted until Sep 2001.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)(SFC, 7/2/02, p.A6)

1998        Mar 10, U.S. Air Force and Navy personnel in the Persian Gulf received vaccinations against anthrax. In 2004 a federal judge ordered a halt to anthrax vaccinations and ruled that the FDA had violated its own rules by approving the vaccine in 2003.
    (AP, 3/10/99)(SFC, 10/28/04, p.A4)
1998        Mar 10, In Alabama a teenager killed his parents with an ax and a sledgehammer. Jeffery Franklin (17) also wounded 3 siblings and led police on a "wild car chase" before being captured.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 10, In South Carolina the FBI received a videotape made by Daniel Rudolph, brother of abortion clinic bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph, in which he amputated his left hand with a circular saw.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 10, Lloyd Bridges, actor, died at 85 in Westwood, Calif. He played in over 100 movies and starred in the 1957-1961 TV series Sea Hunt.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A4)(AP, 3/10/99)
1998        Mar 10, In India 6 Tibetans in New Delhi, aged 28-70, began a hunger strike to force the UN to address Tibet’s dispute with China.
    (SFC, 4/15/98, p.C2)
1998        Mar 10, In Indonesia Pres. Suharto was re-elected by acclamation of the People’s Consultative Assembly to his 7th 5-year term.
    (SFC, 3/10/98, p.A8)
1998        Mar 10, In Kosovo Serbian police seized the bodies of 51 ethnic Albanians, killed in a sweep of separatists, and buried them into bulldozed over graves.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 10, In Northern Ireland guerrillas launched 2 mortar bombs at a police station in Armagh.
    (SFC, 3/9/98, p.A9)

1998        Mar 11, It was announced that the David and Lucille Packard Foundation would give $175 million over 5 years to protect the California landscape from over-development.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A13)
1998        Mar 11, A Florida appeals court restored Joe Carollo as mayor of Miami after charges of voter fraud on absentee ballots.
    (AP, 3/11/99)
1998        Mar 11, The International Astronomical Union issued an alert, saying a mile-wide asteroid could zip very close to Earth on Oct. 26, 2028, possibly colliding with it. But the next day, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said there was no chance the asteroid will hit Earth.
    (AP, 3/11/99)
1998        Mar 11, In Los Angeles Efren Saldivar, a respiratory care therapist, claimed to have killed as many as 50 terminally ill patients from 1989 to 1997 at the Glendale Adventist medical Center. He later recanted his confession. Exhumations to verify the claims began Apr 30. In 2001 Saldivar was arrested for the murder of 6 patients whose remains indicated that they were murdered. In 2002 Saldivar pleaded guilty to murdering 6 patients.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 5/2/99, p.C7)(SFC, 1/10/01, p.A5)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A7)
1998        Mar 11, In Chile Gen’l. Pinochet could not be removed as head of the army until this date. His successor would be chosen by Pres. Eduardo Frei from 5 generals proposed by Pinochet. He had agreed to resign on condition that he be allowed to assume a Senate seat. Pinochet stepped down and was replaced by Patricio Aylwin.
    (SFC, 12/9/96, p.A18)(SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A11)(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A3)
1998        Mar 11, In Japan the Tokyo Public Prosecutor’s Office raided the offices of the Bank of Japan. Yasayuki Yoshizawa, director of the capital markets division, was arrested on suspicion of leaking market moving information.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.B2)
1998        Mar 11, In Moscow Marino Yarovov (43) was boiled to death when she fell into a sinkhole of muddy, boiling water, created from leaking underground hot water pipes run by Mosenergo. A 10-year old boy died similarly 6 weeks previously. His father, who tried to rescue him, died 11 days later from severe burns.
    (SFC, 4/8/98, p.A14)

1998        Mar 12, The US Senate passed the ISTEA legislation, a $214 billion, 6-year bill called the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act.
    (SFC, 3/12/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 12, The government reported the rate of new cancer cases among Americans had inched down for the first time; so 70,000 fewer people than expected were diagnosed between 1992 and 1995.
    (AP, 3/12/99)
1998        Mar 12, Beatrice Wood, ceramicist, died at age 105. She was called "Mama of Dada" for her liaisons with Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roche and others associated with the Dada movement of the early 20th century. A 1993 documentary was made titled: "Beatrice Wood: The Mama of Dada."
    (SFC, 3/14/98, p.A19)
1998        Mar 12, Manuel Pineiro (b.1934), the leader of Cuba’s intelligence apparatus, died in a car crash at age 63.
    (SFC, 3/14/98, p.A19)
1998        Mar 12, China agree to sign a UN pact on civil and political rights.
    (WSJ, 3/13/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 12, In Indonesia students continued protests against Suharto and violent clashes with police broke out in Surabaya.
    (WSJ, 3/13/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 12, A 22-part documentary on Israel’s 50-year history was being shown by state television. Rightwing politicians complained that it was too sympathetic to the Palestinians.
    (SFC, 3/13/98, p.A13)
1998        Mar 12, In Japan Yoshio Sugiyama (46), a Finance Ministry official, hanged himself following a widening investigation in corruption.
    (SFC, 3/13/98, p.A12)
1998        Mar 12, Serbian leaders proposed talks for autonomy in Kosovo, but residents dismissed the offer.
    (SFC, 3/13/98, p.A12)

1998        Mar 13, US Sergeant Major Gene McKinney (47), once the Army's top enlisted man,  was cleared on 18 of 19 charges brought against him by women who said he pressured them for sex. He was convicted for obstruction of justice for trying to persuade his chief accuser to lie. McKinney was reprimanded and demoted by one rank.
    (SFC, 3/14/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/17/98, p.A1)(AP, 3/13/99)
1998        Mar 13, U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, D-Mass., announced he would not seek a seventh term.
    (AP, 3/13/99)
1998        Mar 13, Canada legalized the growing of industrial hemp.
    (SFC, 3/14/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 13, Israeli and Palestinian troops made a joint effort to end four days of protests over the killing of West Bank workers.
    (SFC, 3/14/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 13, In South Korea Pres. Kim Dae-Jung approved an amnesty that cleared the records of 5.5 million Koreans and freed scores of political prisoners. He also planned to release 2,300 prison inmates who spent over 2 decades in jail for supporting North Korea.
    (SFC, 3/13/98, p.A14)
1998        Mar 13, In Kosovo 40,000 ethnic Albanians protested against Serbia.
    (SFC, 3/14/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 14, India's Congress party picked Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born widow of assassinated prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, as its new president.
    (SFEC, 3/15/98, p.A13)(AP, 3/14/99)
1998        Mar 14, In Iran a 6.4 earthquake hit in the southeast and at least 5 people were killed and thousands left homeless.
    (SFEC, 3/15/98, p.A22)(AP, 3/14/99)

1998        Mar 15, CBS' "60 Minutes" aired an interview with former White House employee Kathleen Willey, who said President Clinton had made unwelcome sexual advances toward her in the Oval Office in 1993, a charge denied by the president.
    (AP, 3/15/99)
1998        Mar 15, Dr. Benjamin Spock (b.1903), whose child care guidance spanned half a century, died in San Diego at 94. He was the author of the 1946 "Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care."
    (SFC, 3/17/98, p.A5)(AP, 3/15/99)
1998        Mar 15, Random drug testing at all Malaysian schools was to be instituted with urine testing equipment.
    (SFC, 3/16/98, p.A9)

1998        Mar 16, Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, once the Army's top enlisted man, was reprimanded and demoted one rank by a jury that had convicted him of obstruction of justice in a sexual misconduct case.
    (AP, 3/16/08)
1998        Mar 16, In Armenia elections for president were held and the voting was marred by fraud. Prime Minister Robert Kocharian led the vote over former Communist boss Karen Demirchian, but failed to get a majority and a runoff was planned for Mar 30.
    (SFC, 3/17/98, p.B3)(WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 16, Zhu Rongji was chosen by the National People’s Congress as Premier to replace Li Peng, who served his limit of two 5-year terms. Hu Jintao (55) was appointed vice-president, the youngest in modern Chinese history to that post.
    (SFC, 3/17/98, p.A9)(WSJ, 3/17/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 16, In Northern Ireland David Keys (26), one of the jailed suspects in the Mar 3 murders, was found hanged in his cell at Maze Prison. His death was violent and considered a murder.
    (SFC, 3/17/98, p.B2)
1998        Mar 16, A 2nd negotiating session between North and South Korea will be held under the guidance of the US and China.
    (SFC,12/11/97, p.A18)
1998        Mar 16, In a long-awaited document promised by the Vatican on Sep. 1, 1987, that Jewish leaders immediately criticized, the Vatican expressed remorse for the cowardice of some Christians during the Holocaust, but defended the actions of Pope Pius XII.
    (SFEC, 3/15/98, p.A24)(AP, 3/16/99)

1998        Mar 17, In Alaska Jeff King battled through blowing snow and poor visibility to earn his third victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
    (AP, 3/17/08)
1998        Mar 17, In Mississippi after a 21-year court fight the state unsealed over 124,000 pages of secret files of the State Sovereignty Commission that revealed numerous illegal methods to thwart the civil rights workers of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
    (SFC, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 17, Washington Mutual announced it had agreed to buy H.F. Ahmanson and Co. for $9.9 billion dollars, creating the nation's seventh-largest banking company.
    (AP, 3/17/99)
1998        Mar 17, In Texas Joe Collins (64) was killed during a break-in at his home outside Nagadoches. In 2009 Khristian Oliver (32) was executed for beating and shooting Collins.
1998        Mar 17, From Brazil it was reported that a 3-month-old fire was raging out of control in the state of Roraima, home of the Yanomani Indians.
    (SFC, 3/17/98, p.B2)
1998        Mar 17, More than 10,000 Catholics marched in the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade in Belfast.
    (SFC, 3/18/98, p.A11)
1998        Mar 17, In Zambia the state of emergency imposed last Oct. was lifted.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 18, Julie Hiatt Steele, a former friend of Kathleen Willey's, released a sworn affidavit undercutting Willey's claim that President Clinton had made an unwanted sexual advance toward her in 1993. According to Steele, Willey instructed her to tell Newsweek that Willey had confided the alleged episode to her immediately after it supposedly happened; Steele said she first heard about the accusation in 1997.
    (AP, 3/18/08)
1998        Mar 18, The NYC Board of Education voted to require its schoolchildren to wear uniforms. The dress code would begin in 1999.
    (SFC, 3/19/98, p.A5)
1998        Mar 18, A study of Finnish smokers reported in the Journal of the national Cancer Institute indicated that vitamin E reduced the risk of prostate cancer.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 18, In India the Bharatiya Janata Party agenda was outlined. It included plans to protect domestic industry from foreign competition and to develop nuclear weapons for protection against China and Pakistan.
    (SFC, 3/19/98, p.A11)

1998        Mar 19, Pres. Clinton eased US restrictions on humanitarian aid and travel to Cuba. Cuban-American households would be allowed to send back $1,200 a year.
    (WSJ, 3/20/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 19, Completing baseball's transformation from family ownership to corporate control, Rupert Murdoch's Fox Group won approval to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for a record $350 million. News Corporation later sold the Dodgers to Boston real estate developer Frank McCourt.
    (AP, 3/19/08)
1998        Mar 19, A new product was approved by the FDA to reduce salmonella in chickens. Preempt or CF-3 was a mixture of beneficial microbes that would be sprayed onto newly hatched chicks, and then ingested by the chicks to prevent salmonella growth.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A4)
1998        Mar 19, In Vermont a bomb exploded in a teenager’s bedroom. Christopher Marquis (17) was killed and his mother was injured. A package bomb was suspected.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 19, Two small planes collided over Riverside Ct. in California and 3 people were killed.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 19, In Afghanistan a Boeing 727 operated by Ariana state airline crashed 12 miles south of Kabul and killed all 22 people on board.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A16)
1998        Mar 19, In Italy suspected mafia member Giuseppe Magaddino was shot and killed. Sicilian Mafia member Claudio Adriano Giusto was later charged with killing Magaddino using a 7.65 mm firearm and then taking his wallet. Giusto was arrested in Spain in 2011 after 13 years on the run.
    (AFP, 4/20/11)(http://tinyurl.com/3za9prm)
1998        Mar 19, Russian security officials reported that 2 young US Mormon missionaries were kidnapped in the Volga region of Saratov. The missionaries were released after 3 days with no ransom paid.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A12)(SFC, 3/23/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 19, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic agreed to pull back special police in Kosovo under a deadline by world powers.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A12)
1998        Mar 19, In South Africa hundreds of black demonstrators clashed with police as they marched on the Vryburg High School. Some 2,500 residents of Huhudi township marched in support of the students who said they no longer feel safe at school. A later investigation revealed that the 140 black students were isolated from the 750 white students in classrooms and facilities.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A18)(SFC, 3/26/98, p.B3)

1998        Mar 19-25, CeBIT, the world’s largest exhibition for information and communications, was held in Hanover, Germany. 600,000 visitors were expected.
    (FT, 3/4/98, p.IT4)

1998        Mar 20, President Clinton's lawyer, appearing before a federal court, declared that Paula Jones' evidence of sexual harassment was "garbage" unworthy of a trial.
    (AP, 3/20/99)
1998        Mar 20, The Wall Street Journal published its first Friday cultural section, "Weekend Journal."
    (WSJ, 3/20/98, p.W1)
1998        Mar 20, George Tenet, director of the CIA, disclosed that $26.7 billion was the 1998 budget secret intelligence activities, one-tenth the overall US military budget.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A4)
1998        Mar 20, An Indiana man, Chris Dean (35), was arrested for sending the pipe bomb that killed Christopher Marquis of Vermont. Marquis had defrauded Dean in a $400 trade of Citizens Band radio equipment arranged on the Internet.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 20, A twister killed 11 people in northeast Georgia and 2 people in North Carolina and injured 100.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A1)(AP, 3/20/99)
1998        Mar 20, At least 400 firefighters were sent to fight the fires in the northern Amazon. Firefighters from Argentina and Venezuela were also brought in. A UN offer of assistance was accepted Mar 23 to combat thousands of fires raging out of control.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/23/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998        Mar 20, In Germany thousands of protestors attempted to halt a train of atomic waste from southern Germany from reaching its final destination of Ahaus in northern Germany.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 20, In Mexico a new law, the Nationality Act, went into effect that allowed Mexican-born Americans and their children to hold Mexican nationality and US citizenship. The law permitted dual nationality but not dual citizenship.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A10)

1998        Mar 21, Six members of the SF-based Peaceworkers group were arrested and sentenced to 10 days in jail in Kosovo for not reporting their presence to police. 3 were from the Bay Area. They were released Mar 23.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/23/98, p.A11)(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 21, It was reported that Chinese researchers had discovered heavy industrial pollution in the snow around the North Pole.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A9)   
1998        Mar 21, In Germany Christina Nytsch (11) was found raped and murdered in woods 8 miles from her home in Struecklingen. In April Police began collecting saliva from 18,000 local men to test for a DNA match. Police found a match and arrested a suspect in Elisabethfehn in May, 1998. The man, a father of 3 children, confessed to another rape of an 11-year-old girl in Jan, 1996.
    (SFC, 4/10/98, p.A18)(SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A24)
1998        Mar 21, In Jordan Sheik Assad Bayoud Tamini (86), a militant Muslim leader who later advocated peace with Israel, died in Amman.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.B2)
1998        Mar 21, In Nigeria Pope John Paul II arrived in Abuja and began urging the military government to respect human rights and release political prisoners. He pressed the military regime to release dozens of prisoners, including prominent opposition figures and journalists.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A2)(AP, 3/21/99)
1998        Mar 21, Maciej Slomczynski, Polish translator, died at age 77. He made Polish translations of Shakespeare’s complete works, Joyce’s "Ulysses" and works by Faulkner, Swift and Milton.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.B2)

1998        Mar 22, President Clinton departed Washington for an historic 12-day tour of Africa.
    (AP, 3/22/99)
1998        Mar 22, A deeply divided United Auto Workers union approved a new contract with Caterpillar Inc., ending a 6 1/2-year contract battle.
    (AP, 3/22/99)
1998        Mar 22, In Miles Township, Pa., 11 students were killed in a cabin fire while on a camping trip.
    (SFC, 3/23/98, p.A2)(AP, 3/22/99)
1998        Mar 22, Kosovo Albanians elected Ibrahim Rugova as president. Serb officials pronounced the elections meaningless.
    (SFC, 3/23/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 22, In Moldova elections were held and the Communist party received about 30% of the vote. Political parties scrambled to form a coalition to keep the Communists out of power.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.A14)
1998        Mar 22, A Philippine Airbus 320 jetliner overshot its runway on landing and hit a row of houses and a disco in Bacolod. 3 people were killed and a hundred injured.
    (WSJ, 3/23/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 23, In the 70th Academy Awards the film Titanic tied the record by winning 11 Oscars including best picture and best director (James Cameron) and song ("My Heart Will Go On"). Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson won the best actor awards and Kim Bassinger and Robin Williams won the best supporting actors awards.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.A1)(AP, 3/23/08)
1998        Mar 23, Pres. Clinton visited Ghana, the first nation where Peace Corps volunteers were sent. He hailed "the new face of Africa" as he opened a historic six-nation tour.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A13)(AP, 3/23/99)
1998        Mar 23, The U.S. Supreme Court allowed term limits for state lawmakers.
    (AP, 3/23/99)
1998        Mar 23, The California State Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts were a private organization and not subject to the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 23, In California a LA Fire Dept. helicopter crashed while transporting an injured 12-year-old girl to a hospital. The girl and 3 others were killed.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 23, In Daly City, Ca., three children were found dead by their grandparents in the bedroom of their home on Higate Drive. Their mother, Megan Hogg (25), was taken to Seton Medical Center where she was treated and released. Hogg was later arrested for killing her 3 daughters, aged 2-7. She pleaded no contest to 3 counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 1999.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/25/99, p.A18)
1998        Mar 23, In Pakistan rival groups clashed in Karachi and 17 people were killed.
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, p.T14)
1998        Mar 23, Serbian and Albanian leaders agree to allow ethnic Albanians into the state university system in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 23, In South Korea the president ordered the pay of 930,000 public servants cut to raise funds for the unemployed.
    (WSJ, 3/24/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 23, Pres. Yeltsin fired his entire cabinet. Some cabinet members were ordered to stay until replacements were named. He named Sergei Kiriyenko (35), an energy minister, as acting premier.
    (SFC, 3/23/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/24/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 23-25, Pres. Clinton was scheduled to visit Uganda.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A13)

1998        Mar 24, The Clinton administration announced a $56 million food and medical supply donation to Indonesia.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998        Mar 24, In Jonesboro, Ark., 2 boys, Mitchell Johnson (13) and Andrew Golden (11), opened fire on a group of schoolchildren and killed four girls and one teacher and wounded 11 others. The older boy was angry at a girl who had broken up with him at Westside Middle School. Golden had stolen 7 guns from his grandfather. The boys were remanded to the Division of Youth Services until their 18th birthdays. Federal prosecutors used weapons laws to keep the boys locked up until age 21. Mitchell Johnson was due to be released in 2005. In 2019 Golden (33), who had changed his name to Drew Grant, was killed in a car crash.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A1)(SFC, 8/12/98, p.A3)(AP, 8/12/05)(SFC, 7/29/19, p.A6)
1998        Mar 24, In California the Oakland City Council voted to adopt a Jobs and Living Wage Ordnance that mandated businesses contracting with the city to pay workers at least $8 an hour with benefits or $9.25 without benefits. It was the 17th city nationwide to adopt such an ordnance.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.A21)
1998        Mar 24, In Lafayette, Ca., Janet Daher (46) was found murdered in her Rose Lane home. In June SF police arrested a suspect who was found with her jewelry and led police to two other suspects. Joseph Andrew Perez Jr. (26) was identified as the main player in the murder. Maury O’Brien (18) of Fairfield was the 2nd defendant and Lee Snyder (17) was a 3rd suspect. O’Brien was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Snyder was sentenced to life in prison. Perez was convicted in 2001 and sentenced to death in 2002.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.A21)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/10/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A22)(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A16)(SFC, 10/17/01, p.A14)(SFC, 3/2/18, p.D8)
1998        Mar 24, The UN announced a pullout from Afghanistan after the governor of Kandahar slapped the face of a UN employee.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998        Mar 24, In Colombia leftist guerrillas killed at least 9 people, wounded 14 and took 20 hostages when they blocked a major highway 30 miles south of Bogota.
    (WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 24, In India a tornado killed 105 people and some 500 were missing. At least 80 died in the Midnapore district of West Bengal state and some 1,100 were injured. At least 200 people were killed and thousands injured from a tornado in West Bengal and Orissa states.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C3)(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)
1998        Mar 24, In Indonesia a plan to service its $74 billion foreign debt was being modeled on the Mexican debt program of the 1980s. Some 4 million construction and manufacturing jobs were already lost due to the crises.
    (WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A18)
1998        Mar 24, In Kosovo Albanian separatists ambushed a police patrol and one policeman was killed.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 24, In Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Apas Dzhumagulov (63) resigned due to age and said new forces were needed for reform. He was expected to be appointed as an ambassador.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998        Mar 24, In South Korea the government fired two-thirds of the senior officials at its spy agency in a move to get the agency out of domestic politics.
    (WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 24, In Ukraine Vasyl Koryak, mayor of Lubny in central Poltava, was badly wounded when gunmen opened fire on his car.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.A11)

1998        Mar 25, Pres. Clinton visited Rwanda. Shaken by horror stories from the worst genocide since World War II, President Clinton grimly acknowledged during his Africa tour that "we did not act quickly enough" to stop the slaughter of up to 1 million Rwandans four years earlier.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A13) (AP, 3/25/99)
1998        Mar 25, The FCC netted $578.6 million at auction for licenses for new wireless technology.
    (AP, 3/25/99)
1998        Mar 25, The executive body of the EU endorsed a proposal for 11 nations to be part of the new system. These included Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Finland, Ireland, Austria and Luxembourg.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.B3)
1998        Mar 25, Russia promised to support a comprehensive arms embargo against Yugoslavia, but did not support new sanctions urged by the US.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.B2)
1998        Mar 25, In Tajikistan Islamic rebels killed over 60 government troops and held another 60 hostage after a 2-day battle near the capital.
    (WSJ, 3/26/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 26, President Clinton stood with President Nelson Mandela in a racially integrated South African parliament to salute a country that was "truly free and democratic at last."
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A13)(AP, 3/26/99)
1998        Mar 26, The US federal government endorsed a new HIV test that yielded instant results.
    (AP, 3/26/03)
1998        Mar 26, In Nevada a new satellite-based survey of the Yucca Mountain site for storing radioactive wastes indicated that the Earth’s crust at the site was stretching 10 times faster than previous studies have shown.
    (SFC, 3/27/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 26, In Greece a 2-day storm closed the Athens airport and left much of the capital without electricity. At least one person was killed.
    (SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)
1998        Mar 26, In Japan the ruling Liberal Democratic Party announced a $124 billion economic stimulus package.
    (SFC, 3/27/98, p.A13)
1998        Mar 26, In Kenya a fire at a school near Mombasa killed 25 teenage girls in their dormitory.
    (WSJ, 3/26/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 26, In Malaysia riots flared in 4 detention camps that housed mainly Indonesian illegal immigrants. The Internal Security Act allowed the detention without trial of people caught helping illegals. 8 inmates and one policeman were killed. Over 200 inmates escaped from one camp.
    (WSJ, 3/27/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 26, In Mexico a mob in Huejutla lynched 2 suspected kidnappers after a judge ordered the 2 men freed on $600 bail. 30 residents were arrested in the lynching.
    (SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)
1998        Mar 26, In the Philippines Imelda Marcos claimed to have $800 million in foreign banks and promised to give it all to the poor if she is elected in May.
    (SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)
1998        Mar 26, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic ordered several hundred additional police to Kosovo. Serbs protested the killing of a policeman and 2 ethnic Albanians were killed in a police counterattack.
    (SFC, 3/27/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/27/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 26, Three major Swiss banks pledged to set up a compensation fund in the US for a global settlement with Holocaust victims.
    (SFC, 3/27/98, p.A12)

1998        Mar 27, The US Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, saying it helped about two-thirds of impotent men improve their sexual function. Viagra’s effects were shown to last 8-12 hours. Pfizer had originally tested the compound UK 92,480 as a drug for angina and found that male volunteers were getting frequent erections. They renamed it Viagra and sought sales approval.
    (AP, 3/27/99)(SFC, 5/28/02, p.A4)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.76)
1998        Mar 27, It was reported that toxic waste was sold to 454 fertilizer companies by 600 steel mills, foundries and chemical plants between 1990-1995.
    (WSJ, 3/27/98, p.A1,B8)
1998        Mar 27, In California federal documents were released that charged Dr. Aramais Paronyan with heading a $13 million Medi-Cal fraud ring from LA to SF.
    (SFEC, 3/29/98, p.E1)
1998        Mar 27, Robbers in Commerce, east of LA, escaped with $2.94 million in cash from a Dunbar Security armored car after shooting the driver.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A14)
1998        Mar 27, Two Afghans convicted of murder had their throats cut in front of 30,000 spectators in Kabul’s sports stadium.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 27, Ferdinand Porsche Jr., creator of the Porsche sports car, died at age 88 in Zell am See, Austria. He was born in Wiener-Neustadt and moved to Germany with his family after WW I where his father became chief engineer of Daimler-Benz, the manufacturer of the Mercedes Benz cars. He wrote an autobiography titled "Cars Are My Life."
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.B12)(AP, 3/27/99)
1998        Mar 27, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay signed a pact to heighten security on their triple frontier.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 27, In Colombia rebels under Commandante Romana freed 9 Colombian hostages but held 4 American birdwatchers and an Italian businessman for ransom.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 27, In Cuba two oil tankers collided and spilled heavy crude into Matanzas Bay, 60 miles east of Havana.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 27, In Mexico Adrian Carrera Fuentes, former director of the Federal Judicial Police, was arrested on charges of being on the payroll of the Arellano Felix drug gang.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 27, In Northern Ireland a former policeman was shot and killed by masked gunmen in Armagh.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A8)
1998        Mar 27, In Paraguay the Supreme Court ratified Lino Oviedo as the ruling Colorado Party’s candidate, despite his jail sentence.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998        Mar 27, Pres. Yeltsin nominated acting Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko (35) to head the government.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 28, President Clinton, during his visit to South Africa, went to Soweto, a landmark in the bloody uprising against apartheid, to honor South Africans "who answered the call of conscience" and defeated their country's system of white supremacy.
    (AP, 3/28/99)
1998        Mar 28, It was reported that the US government conducted a series of "sub-critical" underground explosions involving radioactive plutonium in a sealed chamber 960 feet below ground at the Los Alamos National Lab.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)
1998        Mar 28, In France tens of thousands marched in demonstrations against the right-wing National Front, which made gains in recent regional elections.
    (SFEC, 3/29/98, p.A12)
1998        Mar 28, In India the Hindu Nationalist BJP won a confidence vote in parliament by a narrow margin, 274-261.
    (SFEC, 3/29/98, p.A12)
1998        Mar 28, In Madagascar the locust swarm was reported to have covered an estimated 24 million acres in the south of the country.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)
1998        Mar 28, In Russia former Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin announced his candidacy for the presidential election in 2000.
    (SFEC, 3/29/98, p.A12)

1998        Mar 29, The Lady Vols of Tennessee won a third straight NCAA basketball championship, defeating Louisiana Tech.
    (AP, 3/29/99)
1998        Mar 29, In Denver 4 men beat a cabbie, Mostapha Maarouf of Morocco, to death as people watched from their high-rise apartments. One person was arrested.
    (SFC, 3/30/98, p.A4)
1998        Mar 29, In Minnesota twisters from St. Peter to Comfrey damaged an estimated 819 homes and left 2 people dead.
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 29, In Cambodia civilians fled fighting between factions of the Khmer Rouge.
    (WSJ, 3/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 29, In Mexico Carol Janet Schlosberg, an American artist, was raped and beaten at Puerto Escondido. She was then tossed into the Pacific and drowned. In 1999 Cirilo Olivera Lopez and Rosendo Marquez Gutierrez were convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/7/99, p.C2)
1998        Mar 29, In Palestine the body of Mohiyedine Sharif, a master bomb-maker for Hamas, was found at the scene of an exploded car in Ramallah. His body had bullet holes. Israel denied involvement in the killing. Sharif was a member of the Izzedine Qassam, a military wing of Hamas. Palestinian security officials later assigned the murder to Adel Awadallah, a rival for leadership in Hamas.
    (SFC, 4/2/98, p.A12)(SFC, 4/798, p.A12)
1998        Mar 29, In Peru an air force plane evacuating people stranded by flooding crashed in Piura. Twenty-two people were killed when a Russian-made Antonov military plane crashed into a Peruvian shantytown outside the northern city of Piura.
    (SFC, 3/30/98, p.A10)(AP, 3/29/99)
1998        Mar 29, In Portugal the $1 billion, 10-mile Vasco da Gama bridge over the River Tagus opened in time to bring traffic from Spain for the Lisbon Expo.
    (SFC, 3/30/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 29, In Russia Andrei Klimentyev, a controversial entrepreneur, won the mayoral election in Nizhny Novgorod. The election was invalidated on Apr 1 and Klimentyev was arrested on Apr 2 for instigating civil disobedience. He had been convicted in 1997 of embezzling $2.5 million.
    (SFC, 4/3/98, p.B5)
1998        Mar 29, In Somalia factional fighting killed 13 people in Hobyo, 2 days before a national reconciliation conference.
    (WSJ, 3/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 29, In the Ukraine parliamentary elections gave the Communists about 121 of 450 seats.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.A10)

1998        Mar 29-1998 Mar 31, Pres. Clinton visited Botswana and took 2 days off to explore the Chobe National Park, home to 45,000 elephants and other species.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A13)(WSJ, 3/30/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 30, The Univ. of Kentucky beat the Utah Utes 78-69 at the Alamodome in San Antonio for the NCAA men’s basketball finals. It was Kentucky’s 7th national title.
    (WSJ, 4/1/98, p.A16)
1998        Mar 30, In eastern Arizona nearly a dozen Mexican gray wolves were released into the White Mountains after an absence of 30 years.
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 30, In Columbia Falls, Mont., it was reported that $100 million would be distributed amongst 1000 employees of the Columbia Falls Aluminum plant. Roberta Gilmore led a winning legal suit that claimed the company did not divvy out profits to workers as promised.
    (WSJ, 3/30/98, p.A1,12)
1998        Mar 30, In Algeria some 123 people including 58 civilians and many children were reported killed in the west and south in the last 3 days.
    (WSJ, 3/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 30, In Armenia Prime Minister Robert Kocharian led the runoff vote with 60%.
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.B5)(WSJ, 4/1/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 30, In Britain the Rolls-Royce company of Vickers PLC was sold to BMW of Germany for $570 million. However, BMW was later successfully outbid by Volkswagen AG
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.B4)(AP, 3/30/08)
1998        Mar 30, Prince Norodom Ranariddh returned to Cambodia and will oppose Hun Sen in the Jul 26 elections.
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.B4)
1998        Mar 30, In Colombia it was reported that oil pipeline sabotage had spilled 1.5 million barrels of crude over the last decade.
    (SFC, 3/30/98, p.A8)
1998        Mar 30, In Romania Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea resigned and stepped down from his role as mayor of Bucharest.
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.B3)
1998        Mar 30, In Somalia Ali Mohamed Mahdi and Hussein Mohamed Aidid agreed to a joint administration for Mogadishu after 7 years of fighting. 30 people were killed as rival clans clashed in Kismayu.
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.B3)
1998        Mar 30, A Syrian-Iraqi Health week started. Health Minister Iyad Shatti arrived in Iraq from Syria with 12 trucks of food and medicine.
    (SFC, 3/30/98, p.A9)

1998        Mar 31, For the first time in history, the Clinton administration released a detailed financial statement for the federal government showing its assets and liabilities.
    (AP, 3/31/99)
1998        Mar 31, Hon-Ming Chen, Taiwanese leader of a spiritual sect in Garland, Texas, was to meet God at 10 AM.
    (SFC, 3/23/98, p.A3)
1998        Mar 31, Starcraft, a military science fiction real-time strategy video game, was released in South Korea. It was developed by Blizzard Entertainment, a California-based company.
    (Econ, 10/30/10, p.71)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StarCraft)
1998        Mar 31, Former New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug died at age 77.
    (AP, 3/31/99)
1998        Mar 31, In Egypt a sweeping press ban forbade publishing houses from printing in tax-free zones. This amounted to a temporary de facto ban for over 50 publications that printed in the Nasr City tax-free zone outside of Cairo.
    (SFC, 5/9/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 31, The EU set this date for membership talks with Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia and Cyprus. Preliminary talks were also set with Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A12)
1998        Mar 31, In Lille, France, an 18-year-old boy was shot dead by a fellow student in front of his classmates and teacher.
    (SFC, 4/22/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 31, The UN Security Council imposed a new arms embargo on Yugoslavia to press Milosevic to grant ethnic Albanians concessions in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.A8)(AP, 3/31/99)
1998        Mar 31, In Cambodia government soldiers made a major offensive to destroy the remnants of the Khmer Rouge guerrillas, which was disintegrating due to defections and internal fighting.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.A8)
1998        Mar 31, In Lebanon a roadside bomb in the Israeli security zone killed 6 construction workers in their pickup truck near Kaoukaba.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 31, It was reported that in Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province, women of the Padaung tribe of Burma were attracting tourists with their necks elongated by wearing brass coils. They began fleeing Burma’s Kayah state over a decade ago.
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.B4)

1998        Mar, Jimbo Trout started his bluegrass jam at the Atlas Café in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 3/23/13, p.D1)
1998        May 25, Lance Corporal Carlos Colbert, a black Marine, was paralyzed after 5 men beat him during a Memorial Day party in Santee, northeast of San Diego. Jesse Brian Lawson (20), Trenton Jay Solis (18), Robert Rio (23), Jed Allen Jones (21) and Steven Lawrence Newark III (18) all pleaded guilty in 1999 to felony assault.
    (SFC, 2/17/99, p.A15)
1998        Mar, In St. Augustine, Fla., the Tragedy in US History Museum, created by L.H. "Buddy" Hough, closed.
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, p.A22)
1998        Mar, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said sexual diseases such as chlamydia were epidemic in the US and launched a campaign to raise public awareness. 4 million new cases a year were being reported.
    (SFC, 8/12/98, p.C16)
1998        Mar, Scientists at MIT Lincoln Laboratory began watching the sky for near-Earth objects.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A8)
1998        Mar, In Buenos Aires, Argentina, a law was repealed that granted police wide authority to arrest prostitutes and drunks. A new law allowed prostitutes on the streets.
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, p.T13)
1998        Mar, The Azerbaijan prosecutor-general informed Eldar Zeynalov, director of the human rights center, that there were no political prisoners in Azerbaijan, in contradiction of Zeynalov’s published article that there were 750 political prisoners. Zeynalov was warned that if wrote otherwise, he would be thrown into jail.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A12)
1998        Mar, In Hungary Viktor Orban (34) founded  Fidesz, a center-right opposition party.
    (Econ, 4/10/10, p.54)
1998        Mar, In Indonesia the 1,000 member assembly will affirm the leader for the next 5 years.
    (WSJ, 4/29/97, p.A18)
1998        Mar, A US spy accompanied a UN inspection team and placed an electronic eavesdropping system in Baghdad.
    (SFC, 1/8/99, p.A1)
1998        Mar, In Iraq Nassir Hindawi, germ weapons scientist, was arrested as he prepared to flee the country.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.A12)
1998        Mar, In Mexico Pres. Zedillo issued a revised proposal of the 1996 San Andres Larrainzar accord on autonomy for indigenous people.
    (SFC, 5/11/98, p.A8)
1998        Mar, In Nicaragua Zoilamerica Ortega Murillo (30), the stepdaughter of former Pres. Daniel Ortega, went public with charges that Ortega had sexually abused her since she was 11 years old.
    (SFC, 5/30/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Mexico began talking to reduce oil output. They pledged to take 2-3% of the world’s oil production off the market in what came to be called the Riyadh Pact.
    (WSJ, 6/23/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar, The Seoul government approved a plan to compensate South Korean women used by Japan as sex slaves from 1910-1945, when Japan colonized the Korean peninsula.
    (SFC, 4/22/98, p.A11)
1998        Mar, In Sierra Leone Ahmed Kabbah was restored to power with the help of a Nigerian-led African force that ousted the military junta. In May it was reported that Sandline Int’l. was paid $10 million on behalf of Kabbah to arm and train a force to return him to power. Peter Penfield, the British ambassador, coordinated the operation. The planeloads of weaponry that were brought were in direct violation of a UN arms embargo on Sierra Leone. The US was reportedly kept informed of the entire operation.
    (SFC, 5/13/98, p.A11)

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