Monday, April 7, 2008

Time Machine

It may have only been ten years ago, but I'd like to take you back to 1998 for a bit.

Here's a list of notable world events that shaped 1998, and where we were at in the world of technology at the time.


Financial Crisis hits much of South East Asia

Worlds biggest airport in the world opens in Hong Kong

Terrorist Bombing attacks at two US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam killing 250 people

Good Friday peace agreement in Northern Ireland

Bill Clinton denies he had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. starting the Lewinsky scandal and investigations

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
66-day blackout begins in Auckland, New Zealand.

Tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42

Osama bin Laden publishes fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

The Belfast Agreement is signed between the Irish and British governments and most Northern Ireland political parties ending many years of terrorist activity in Northern Ireland and mainland Britain

A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 1,500,

In China the Yangtze River breaks through the main bank. The death toll was more than 12,000 injuring many thousands more.

Devaluation of the rouble. The ruble lost 70% of its value against US dollar in 6 months . Several of the largest Russians banks collapsed, and millions of people lost their savings.

Hurricane Mitch makes landfall in Central America killing an estimated 18,000 people

Islamic extremists attack two villages in Algeria and massacre 400 local villagers

Europeans agree on a single currency the Euro

President Bill Clinton Impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice.

Two boys Mitchell Johnson ( 13 yrs old ) and Andrew Golden ( 11 Years Old ) shoot and kill four fellow students in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The European Central Bank is Established in Frankfurt Germany

U.N.I.C.E.F. reports over 130 million children worldwide do not attend school and their is approximately 250 million child laborers worldwide

The two oil companies Exxon and Mobil merge to create the worlds largest petroleum company

Low Flying US Military jet severs the cable of a ski lift in Italy and 20 people plunge to their death

Israel celebrates it's 50th Anniversary of it's founding

An oil pipeline running through a village in Nigeria, explodes killing 700 people with the resulting fire burning for nearly a week.

The Worlds Longest Suspension Bridge ( as of 2007 ) in Akashi, Japan is Completed

Iraq prevents UN weapons inspectors from conducting a search and President Bill Clinton orders a series of air strikes against Iraq

BMW buys Rolls-Royce cars for $570 million

France Wins 1998 World Cup in France

The Winter Olympic Games are held in Nagano, Japan


Worlds first Digital Terrestrial Television Service launched in the UK

Windows 98 released by Microsoft

During 1998 with the technology maturing e-commerce started to take off as more and more companies decided to create a presence on the Internet with their own web sites.

The Search Engine Google is founded.

The Worlds largest suspension Bridge 1.234 miles in Japan opens

19 European nations agree to forbid human cloning.

Data sent from the Galileo probe indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice

The FDA approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, becoming the first pill to be approved to treat this condition in the United States.

Apple Computer unveils the iMac.

Danish Catamaran Cat Link V sets new record for fastest crossing of the north atlantic Blue Ribband in 2 days 17.59 hours

India and Pakistan test nuclear weapons


And here's what was topping the music charts in the UK.


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