Historical Events for May 1998
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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" 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: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80
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.
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.
42nd US President Bill Clinton 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.