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January 2nd
Russia began to circulate new roubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
January 6th
The Lunar Prospector spacecraft was launched into orbit around the Moon and later found evidence of frozen water in soil in permanently shadowed craters near the Moon's poles.
January 8th
In the United States, terrorist Ramzi Yousef was sentenced to life in prison for planning the World Trade Center bombing of 1993.
January 8th
Cosmologists announced that the expansion rate of the universe was increasing.
January 12th
In Europe, 19 European nations agreed to forbid human cloning.
January 16th
NASA announced that John Glenn would return to space on the Space Shuttle 'Discovery' mission STS-95 in October 1998.
January 17th
In the United States, Paula Jones accused President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.
January 22nd
In America, suspected 'Unabomber' Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty and accepted a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
January 26th
On American television, Bill Clinton denied he had 'sexual relations' with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
January 27th

The American First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on the 'Today' show and called the attacks against her husband part of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
January 28th
In Asis, gunmen hold at least 400 children and teachers hostage for several hours at an elementary school in Manila, Philippines.
February 3rd
In Italy, a United States Military pilot caused the death of 20 people near Trento, when his low-flying plane severed the cable of a cable-car. Known as the 'Cavalese cable-car disaster'.
February 4th
In north east Afghanistan, a 6.1 earthquake killed more than 5,000 people.
February 16th
China Airlines Flight 676 crashed into a residential area near by Chiang Kai-shek International Airport. The disaster killed 202 people, included all 196 passengers on board and six on the ground.
February 20th
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein negotiated a deal with U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan, that allowed weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad. The agreement prevented military action by the U.S. and Britain.
February 23rd
Osama bin Laden published a fatwa that declared jihad (Holy War) against all Jews and Crusaders.
February 28th
In the Balkans, Serbian police began to wipe out so-called 'terrorist gangs' in Kosovo.
March 2nd
Data sent from the 'Galileo' probe indicated that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
March 5th
NASA announced that the 'Clementine' probe orbiting the Moon had found enough water in the polar craters to support a human colony and rocket fueling station.
March 5th
NASA announced the choice of United States Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins as commander of a future Space Shuttle 'Columbia' mission to launch an X-ray telescope, making Collins the first woman commander of a space shuttle mission.
March 10th
American troops stationed in the Persian Gulf began to receive the first vaccinations against anthrax.
April 6th
In Asia, Pakistan raised the tension with India when they tested medium-range missiles capable of reaching India.
April 10th
The 'Good Friday Agreement' was signed between the Irish and British governments and most of the Northern Ireland's political parties, with the exception of the Democratic Unionist Party.
April 15th
The Cambodian communist organisation Khmer Rouge leader, and the one time Prime Minister of Cambodia (1975-1979), Pol Pot (Saloth Sar) died. The death toll under the Khmer Rouge has been reported up to 1.6 million people.
May 11th
In response to Pakistan's missile tests on April 6th, India conducted its second series of underground nuclear tests in the Rajasthan Desert and increased the tension with Pakistan.
May 13th
In response of the nuclear tension in Asia and India's second round of nuclear tests, the United States and Japan imposed economic sanctions on the nation.
May 22nd
A federal judge ruled that US Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal between President Clinton and the ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
May 27th
In the United States, Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot in the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19th 1995.
May 28th
In response to a series of nuclear tests by India, Pakistan exploded six nuclear devices in the Chaghai hills of Baluchistan, and prompted the United States, Japan and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
May 30th
In Asia, Pakistan conducted further nuclear tests when they detonated two more nuclear explosions following its first test.
June 4th
In the United States, Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19th 1995.
July 5th
Japan launched a probe to Mars and joined the United States and Russia as a space-exploring nation.
July 10th
The DNA-identified remains of USAF 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie arrived home to his family in St. Louis, Missouri, after he was identified as the man in the 'Tomb of the Unknowns' since 1984.
July 17th
In St. Petersburg, Russia, the remains of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family were buried in St. Catherine Chapel, 80 years after he and his family were murdered by the revolutionary Bolsheviks.
July 17th
An undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami which destroyed 10 villages in Papua New Guinea. 1,500 people were killed and an estimated 2,000 more unaccounted and thousands made homeless.
July 21st
NASA astronaut Alan Shepard died. Shepard became the first American to go into space in Mercury 3 (MR-3), 5th May 1961, and walked on the Moon on Apollo 14, 31st January 1971.
July 28th
Ex-White House intern, Monica Lewinsky received transactional immunity, in exchange for her grand jury testimony concerning her relationship with US President Bill Clinton.
August 5th
Iraq officially suspended all cooperation with UNSCOM inspection teams.
August 7th
Bombs detonated at the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, killed 224 and injured over 4,500 people. The bombings were linked to Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden.
August 15th
The IRA splinter group, the Real IRA, detonated a car bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. The attack killed 29 and injured over 200. The greatest loss of life in 'The Troubles' since it started in 1969.
August 17th
US President Bill Clinton admited in a taped testimony that he had an 'improper physical relationship' with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He also admited to the American public that he "misled people" about their relationship.
August 20th
The U.S. military launched cruise missile attacks against alleged Al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. Also the suspected chemical plant al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoumin, Sudan, was attacked and destroyed. The attacks were in response for the August 7th bombs that destroyed the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
August 26th
Scott Ritter resigned from UNSCOM, sharply criticized the Clinton administration and the U.N. Security Council for not being vigorous enough about insisting that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction be destroyed. Ritter told reporters that "Iraq is not disarming," "Iraq retains the capability to launch a chemical strike."
August 31st
North Korea reportedly launched 'Kwangmyongsong', their first satellite. Although North Korea reported that it reached a stable orbit, NORAD was never able to confirm this assertion.
September 2nd
A United Nations court found Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide, marking the first time that the 1948 law banning genocide was enforced.
September 29th
The U.S. Congress passed the 'Iraq Liberation Act', which stated that the United States wants to remove Saddam Hussein from power and replace the government with a democratic institution.
October 14th
Eric Robert Rudolph was charged with 6 bombings including the Centennial Olympic Park bomb during the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta, USA. The bomb killed one and injured 111 other people.
October 16th
British police placed ex-Chilean President General Augusto Pinochet into house arrest during his medical treatment in Britain.
October 29th
Retired NASA astronaut John H. Glenn returned to space on board the space shuttle 'Discovery' on mission STS-95, he became the oldest man to go into space. He originally became the first American to orbit Earth on February 20th 1962.
October 31st
Iraq announced it would no longer cooperate with the United Nations weapons inspectors.
November 1st
The European Court of Human Rights was instituted.
November 5th
As part of the impeachment inquiry, House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde sent a list of 81 questions to US President Bill Clinton with regard to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
November 7th
Retired NASA astronaut John H. Glenn returned to Earth on board the space shuttle 'Discovery' STS-95.
13th - 14th
The U.S. President Clinton ordered airstrikes on Iraq. Clinton then called off the attack at the last minute when Iraq promised once again to cooperate 'unconditionally' with UNSCOM weapons inspectors.
November 18th
The United Nations' UNSCOM weapon inspectors returned to Iraq. The return was instigated by the fear of attack threatened by U.S. President Clinton on November 13th.
November 19th
The United State House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings against US President Bill Clinton.
November 20th
A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declared the accused terrorist Osama bin Laden 'a man without a sin' with regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
23th - 26th
In Iraq, the U.N. inspectors UNSCOM were blocked again. Iraq once again ended their cooperation with UNSCOM with withholding information and intimidation.
November 26th
In Ireland, Labour party leader and British Prime Minister Tony Blair became the first British Prime Minister to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament in Dublin.
December 11th
Iraq announced that U.N. weapons inspections will no longer take place on Friday, the Muslim holy day. Iraq also refused to provide test data from the production of missiles and engines.
December 11th
NASA's 'Mars Climate Orbiter' was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. Among other objectives, the orbiter was to serve as a data relay satellite for the Mars Polar Lander and other future NASA and international lander missions to Mars.
16th - 19th
U.S. President Clinton ordered American and British airstrikes on Iraq, which prompted UNSCOM to withdraw all their weapons inspectors from Iraq.
December 19th
Iraqi vice-president Taha Yassin Ramadan announced that Iraq would no longer cooperate with the UN weapon inspectors and declared that UNSCOM's 'mission was over'.
December 21st
UN Security Council members France, Germany and Russia called for sanctions against Iraq to end. The three Security Council members also called for UNSCOM to either be disbanded or for its role to be redesigned. The U.S. stated that it would veto any such proposal.
December 26th
Iraq announced its intention to fire upon US and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern 'No-fly zones'.
December 29th
In Asia, the remaining leaders of the Cambodian communists Khmer Rouge, apologised for the genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives during in the 1970s.
John Hume and David Trimble received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in bringing peace to Northern Ireland.

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