Today in History for May 1998
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Events 1 - 23 of 23
2nd - 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20
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" Ted 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.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld 14th - Last episode of seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)
16th - 124th Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80
17th - 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak
17th - David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins
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.
42nd US President Bill Clinton 23rd - The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
24th - Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
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.
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 - 8 of 8
Actress Uma Thurman (1st)
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
Rocker Adam Yauch (31st) 31st - Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch (33) weds daughter of prominent Tibetan activists Dechen Wangdu in New York
Deaths 1 - 18 of 18
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
Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra (14th) 14th - Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , 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)
26th - Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73
28th - Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49
29th - Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
31st - Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)