When Walking Down Memory Lane, Walk Slow By: Donna Worthy
Every year about this time we see the “year in review” articles and shows. I thought I would do something a little different. Most of us can remember what has happened over the last twelve months. So, what Im going to do is take us back to what was going on ten years ago! We will go month by month and check out some of the good stuff about 1998.
* Linda Tripp invited Lewinsky to lunch at the food court of the Pentagon City Mall in Washington, where she was seized by FBI agents working for the OIC and taken to room 1012 of the Ritz- Carlton Hotel.
* Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
* Super Bowl XXXII: The Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers, 31-24
* Gunmen hold at least 400 children and teachers hostage for several hours at an elementary school in Manila, Philippines
* The 1998 Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan.
* Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon such a law.
* Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
* Data sent from the Galileo spaceprobe indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
* Gay rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
* An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran.
* Jonesboro massacre: In Jonesboro, Arkansas, two boys (aged 11 and 13 years) fire upon students at Westside Middle School. Four students and one teacher are killed and 10 injured.
* The National Prisoner of War Museum is dedicated in Andersonville, Georgia, on the site of an American Civil War POW camp.
* One of the most serious urban tornadoes in history does significant damage to downtown Nashville, Tennessee (see Nashville Tornado of 1998).
* In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
* Lewinsky scandal: A federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.
* Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
* Charlton Heston assumes the presidency of the U.S. National Rifle Association.
* In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.
* Russel Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police o officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
* Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.
* 1998 U.S. embassy bombings: The United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
* Google Inc. is founded.
* At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris' 1961 record of 61 home runs hit in a single season.
* Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.
* Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom complete their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.
* Leafie Mason of Hughes Springs, Texas, is murdered by Ángel Maturino Reséndiz. She is the serial killer's second victim in his second incident.
* Gay-bashing: Near Laramie, Wyoming, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard is viciously attacked by two assailants for being gay (he died on October 12).
* A Congo Air Lines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo killing 40
* Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
* Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is elected Governor of the U.S. state of Minnesota.
* Daimler-Benz completes a merger with Chrysler to form Daimler-Chrysler.
* Claudia Benton is murdered in her West University, Texas home by Angel Maturino Resendiz. She is his fifth murder victim in his fourth incident.
* The U.S. House of Representatives passes articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton over the Lewinsky scandal.
That’s about it folks. Call me crazy but it looks to me like America’s “bad girl” Ms. Lewinsky when’s the title of “most popular” in 1998. So much has changed and happened in ten years. Here’s to being about to write about 2008 when it is finally 2018!