6: NASA from the Cape
Canaveral Air Station in Florida
launches The Lunar Prospector spacecraft. The launch vehicle was
Athena rocket. The destination of this spacecraft was a lunar low
January 16: It is announced by NASA that Senator
Glenn will return
to space on board space shuttle Discovery. The STS-95 mission is
scheduled for October 1998.
January 17: Paula Jones accuses President Bill
January 22: NASA launches space shuttle Endeavour on
January 25: The Denver Broncos defeat the Green Bay
Packers, 31-24, in
Super Bowl XXXII.
January 26: In front of television cameras,
President Bill Clinton
denies that he had "sexual relations" with intern Monica Lewinsky.
January 27: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton claims
Show" that the attacks on her husband are part of a "vast right-wing
January 29: Russia launches Soyuz TM27 with
Musabayev, Nikolay Budarin, and Leopold Eyharts.
January 31: Space shuttle Endeavour returns to Earth
completion of mission STS-89.
February 7: The 1998 Winter Olympic
Games open in Nagano,
February 19: Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-26 returns
Earth with a crew
of Anatoli Solovyov, Pavel Vinogradov, and Leopold Eyharts.
February 23: A US Marine Corps pilot is responsible
the death of 20
skiers when he snaps the cable suspending a gondola in Italy during a
March 2: The Galileo space
probe orbiting Jupiter
that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean beneath a thick crust of
March 23: The Best Picture Oscar is awarded to
directed by James Cameron at the Academy Awards. "Titanic" with
14 nominations wins a total of 11 Oscars.
April 17: NASA launches space shuttle Columbia on
May 3: Space shuttle Columbia
returns to Earth after
May 7: In what becomes the largest merger in
Chrysler for 40 billion dollars.
May 24: Eddie Cheever Jr. wins the Indianapolis 500.
June 2: NASA launches space shuttle Discovery on
June 12: Space shuttle Discover returns to Earth
July 5: Japan launches its first space probe
August 7: Terrorists bomb the US embassies in
Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. 224 people are killed and over 4500
August 13: Russia launches
spacecraft Soyuz TM28 with a
crew of Gennadi
Padalka, Sergey Avdeyev, and Yuri Baturin.
August 17: President Bill Clinton admits to the
people that he
mislead them about the relationship that he had with Monica Lewinsky.
August 20: In retaliation for the August 7 terrorist
attacks, the United
States launches cruise missile strikes against alleged al-Qaida camps
Afghanistan and a chemical plant in the Sudan. The world wonders
action was taken to divert attention away from the Clinton sex scandal.
August 25: Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM27 returns to
with a crew of
Talgat Musabayev, Nikolay Budarin, and, Yuri Baturin.
24: NASA launches the Deep
Space 1 asteroid and comet
space probe from the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida.
Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off with Senator John Glenn on mission
STS-95. Glenn becomes the oldest person to fly into space at 77
age. I covered this launch from the Press Site at the Kennedy
Center. For my impressions of this historic event follow the STS-95 link.
November 3: Former professional wrestler Jesse
elected as Governor of the state of Minnesota.
November 7: Space shuttle Discovery returns to Earth
completion of mission STS-95.
November 19: The US House of
impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton.
December 15: The space shuttle Endeavour returns to
Earth after the completion of mission STS-88.
December 4: NASA launches space shuttle Endeavour on