Today in History for May 1998
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Events 1 - 21 of 21
2nd - 124th Kentucky Derby
2nd - The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
4th - A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
6th - Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.
7th - Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
11th - India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
13th - Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
13th - India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, in addition to the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
14th - Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)
16th - 124th Preakness
17th - 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak
18th - United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
21st - In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
21st - Suharto, the Indonesian dictator who had ruled for 32 years, resigns.
22nd - 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.
23rd - The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
26th - Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton
26th - The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
27th - Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
42nd US President Bill Clinton 28th - Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
30th - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1
16th - Ariel Waller, Canadian child actress
Weddings 1 - 7 of 7
1st - "Reality Bites" actor Ethan Hawke (27) weds "Pulp Fiction" actress Uma Thurman (28)
1st - Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)
2nd - Actor-comedian Jim Belushi (43) weds Jennifer Sloan (30) at their home garden in Brentwood, Los Angeles
3rd - "Jekyll & Hyde" lead singer Linda Eder (37) weds composer Frank Wildhorn (38) at their new 8-acre estate in North Salem, New York
21st - Supermodel Cindy Crawford (32) weds restaurateur Rande Gerber (36) on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
28th - "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California
30th - Nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (30) weds to commoner Marilene van den Broek (28) in Apeldoorn
Deaths 1 - 17 of 17
1st - Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
2nd - Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
2nd - Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
2nd - Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
2nd - Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
7th - Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
7th - Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (b. 1941)
8th - Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
9th - Alice Faye, American actress (Barricade), dies of stomach cancer at 83
14th - Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, dies at 82
14th - Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
15th - Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
19th - Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)
22nd - José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
28th - Phil Hartman, Canadian actor, comedian (b. 1948)
29th - Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
31st - Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)