1998 in the United States
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Events from the year 1998 in the United States.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Births
- 4 Deaths
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- President: Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas)
- Vice President: Al Gore (D-Tennessee)
- Chief Justice: William H. Rehnquist (Wisconsin)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia)
- Senate Majority Leader: Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)
- Congress: 105th
- January 1 – Smoking is banned in all California bars and restaurants.
- January 4–10 – A massive winter storm, partly caused by El Niño, strikes New England, southern Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, resulting in widespread power failures, severe damage to forests, and numerous deaths.
- January 8 – Ramzi Yousef is sentenced to life in prison for planning the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
- January 14 – Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).
- January 17 – Paula Jones accuses U.S. President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.
- January 25 – Super Bowl XXXII: The Denver Broncos become the first AFC team in 14 years to win the Super Bowl, as they defeat the Green Bay Packers, 31–24.
- January 26
- January 27 – U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton appears on The Today Show, calling the attacks against her husband part of a "vast right-wing conspiracy".
- January 28 – Ford Motor Company announces the buyout of Volvo Cars for $6.45 billion.
- January 29 – In Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing 1 and severely wounding another. Serial bomber Eric Rudolph is the prime suspect.
- February – Iraq disarmament crisis: The United States Senate passes Resolution 71, urging U.S. President Bill Clinton to "take all necessary and appropriate actions to respond to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
- February 3
- Cavalese cable car disaster: a United States Military pilot causes the deaths of 20 people near Trento, Italy, when his low-flying plane severs the cable of a cable-car.
- Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas, becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984 and the first to be executed in Texas since the American Civil War.
- February 6 – Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
- February 7 – Roger Nicholas Angleton commits suicide in a prison cell in Houston, Texas and admits to murdering socialite Doris Angleton in his suicide note.
- February 10 – Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997, becoming the first U.S. state to abandon such a law.
- February 12 – The presidential line-item veto is declared unconstitutional by a United States federal judge.
- February 14 – The Department of Justice announces that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
- February 15 – Dale Earnhardt wins the Daytona 500 on his 20th attempt.
- February 18 – Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada, accused of plotting biological warfare on New York City subways.
- February 19 – Larry Wayne Harris of the Aryan Nations and William Leavitt are arrested in Henderson, New York, for possession of military grade anthrax.
- February 20 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein negotiates a deal with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, allowing weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad, preventing military action by the United States and Britain.
- February 23 – Florida El Niño Outbreak: Tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42.
- March 4 – Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
- March 5
- NASA announces that the Clementine probe orbiting the Moon has found enough water in polar craters to support a human colony and rocket fueling station.
- NASA announces the choice of United States Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins as commander of a future Space Shuttle Columbia mission to launch an X-ray telescope, making Collins the first woman to command a space shuttle mission.
- March 7 – The Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan is fined for burning a cross in his garden and infringing air regulations in California.
- March 10 – United States troops stationed in the Persian Gulf begin to receive the first anthrax vaccine.
- March 23 – The 70th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California with the film Titanic winning a record 11 Oscars.
- March 24 – Teenagers Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden open fire on classmates during a fire drill, killing 5 and injuring 10 at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
- March 27 – The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.
- March 29 – A series of 3 tornadoes in southern Minnesota kills 3 people.
- March 30 – Serial killer Judy Buenoano is executed by electric chair in Florida, the first woman to be executed in the state since 1848.
- April – The unemployment rate drops to 4.3%, the lowest level since February 1970.
- April 6 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 9,000 for the first time, and ending a gain of 49.82 points, 9,033.23.
- April 7 – Citicorp and Travelers Group announce plans to merge, creating the largest financial-services conglomerate in the world, Citigroup.
- April 8 – April 1998 Birmingham tornado: An F5 tornado strikes the western portion of the Birmingham, Alabama area, killing 32 people.
- April 16 – An F3 tornado passes through downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the first significant tornado in 11 years to directly hit a major city. An F5 tornado travels through rural portions south of Nashville (see 1998 Nashville tornado outbreak).
- April 22 – The Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World opens to the public for the first time.
- April 27 – The Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is imploded to make way for the brand new Aladdin Hotel & Casino
- April 30 – Daniel V. Jones, a cancer and HIV-positive patient, commits suicide on a Los Angeles freeway after a police standoff. The event was broadcast live on television and caused controversy about airing police chases.
- May 13 – India carries out 2 more nuclear tests at Pokhran. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
- May 18 – United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
- May 21
- At Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, Kipland Kinkel (who was suspended for bringing a gun to school) shoots a semi-automatic rifle into a room filled with students, killing 2 and wounding 25 others, after killing his parents at home.
- In Miami, Florida, 5 abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
- May 22 – Lewinsky scandal: A federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal.
- May 27 – Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 14 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
- May 28
- Nuclear testing: In response to a series of Indian nuclear tests, Pakistan explodes 5 nuclear devices of its own in the Chaghai hills of Baluchistan, prompting the United States, Japan and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
- Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman is murdered by his wife in their home, who then killed herself when police arrived.
- June 2 – California voters approve Proposition 227, abolishing the state's bilingual education program.
- June 4 – Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
- June 5 – A strike begins at the General Motors Corporation parts factory in Flint, Michigan, quickly spreading to 5 other assembly plants and lasting 7 weeks.
- June 7 – Three white supremacists murder James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas.
- June 12
- June 14 – The Chicago Bulls win their 6th NBA title in 8 years when they beat the Utah Jazz, 87–86 in Game 6. This is also Michael Jordan's last game as a Bull, clinching the game in the final seconds on a fadeaway jumper.
- June 16 – The Detroit Red Wings sweep the Washington Capitals in 4 games in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals.
- June 25
- July 5 – Japan launches a probe to Mars, joining the United States and Russia as an outer space-exploring nation.
- July 10
- The DNA-identified remains of United States Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie arrive home to his family in St. Louis, Missouri, after being in the Tomb of the Unknowns since 1984.
- Catholic priests' sex abuse scandal: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to 9 former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos.
- July 24
- July 25 – The United States Navy commissions the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and puts her into service.
- July 28 – Monica Lewinsky scandal: Ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky receives transactional immunity, in exchange for her grand jury testimony concerning her relationship with U.S. President Bill Clinton.
- August 7 – 1998 U.S. embassy bombings: The bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya kill 224 people and injure over 4,500; they are linked to terrorist Osama bin Laden, an exile of Saudi Arabia.
- August 14 – Gary C. Evans, infamous in New York's Capital Region for killing 5 people, escapes police custody and kills himself by jumping off a bridge.
- August 17 – Monica Lewinsky scandal: U.S. President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He also admits before the nation that night in a nationally televised address that he "misled people" about his sexual affair with Lewinsky.
- August 20 – 1998 U.S. embassy bombings: The United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
- August 26 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Scott Ritter resigns from UNSCOM, sharply criticizing the Clinton administration and the U.N. Security Council for not being vigorous enough about insisting that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction be destroyed. Ritter tells reporters that "Iraq is not disarming," "Iraq retains the capability to launch a chemical strike."
- September 2 – A McDonnell Douglas MD-11 airliner (Swissair Flight 111) crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, after taking off from New York City en route to Geneva; all 229 people on board are killed.
- September 4 – Google, Inc. is founded in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
- September 8 – St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire breaks baseball's single-season home run record, formerly held since 1961 by Roger Maris. McGwire hits #62 at Busch Stadium in the 4th inning off of Chicago Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel.
- September 25–28 – Major creditors of Long-Term Capital Management, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund, after days of tough bargaining and some informal mediation by Federal Reserve officials, agree on terms of a re-capitalization.
- September 29 – Iraq disarmament crisis: The U.S. Congress passes the Iraq Liberation Act, which states that the United States wants to remove Saddam Hussein from power and replace the government with a democratic institution.
- October 4 – Leafie Mason is murdered in her Hughes Springs, Texas house by Angel Maturino Resendiz. She is his second victim in his second incident.
- October 6 – College student Matthew Shepard is found tied to a fence near Laramie, Wyoming. He dies October 12, becoming a symbol of gay-bashing victims and sparking public reflection on homophobia in the U.S.
- October 7 – The United States Congress passes the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which gives copyright holders 20 more years of copyright privilege on work they control. This effectively freezes the public domain to works created before 1923 in the United States.
- October 12 – The Congress of the United States passes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
- October 14 – Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings (including the 1996 Olympic bombing) in Atlanta, Georgia.
- October 15
- October 17–18 – Severe flooding takes place in south central Texas.
- October 21 – The New York Yankees defeat the San Diego Padres to sweep them in the World Series. The Yankees finish with 114 regular-season wins and 11 postseason victories (125 total – the most by any team in 123 years of Major League baseball).
- October 29
- STS-95: The Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off with 77-year-old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space. (He became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962.)
- In Freehold Borough, New Jersey, Melissa Drexler pleads guilty to aggravated manslaughter for killing her baby moments after delivering him in the bathroom at her senior prom, and is sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
- November 3 – Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler, is elected Governor of Minnesota.
- November 5
- Lewinsky scandal: As part of the impeachment inquiry, House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde sends a list of 81 questions to U.S. President Bill Clinton.
- The journal Nature publishes a genetic study showing compelling evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered his slave Sally Hemings' son Eston Hemings Jefferson.
- November 7 – John Glenn returns to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.
- November 9 – In the largest civil settlement in United States history, a federal judge approves a US$1.03 billion settlement requiring dozens of brokerage houses (including Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Smith Barney) to pay investors who claim they were cheated in a widespread price-fixing scheme on the NASDAQ.
- November 12 – Daimler-Benz completes a merger with Chrysler Corporation to form Daimler-Chrysler.
- November 13–14 – Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq, then calls them off at the last minute when Iraq promises once again to "unconditionally" cooperate with UNSCOM.
- November 19 – Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.
- November 20 – A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
- November 24 – America Online announces it will acquire Netscape Communications in a stock-for-stock transaction worth US$4.2 billion.
- November 30 – Deutsche Bank announces a US$10 billion deal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world.
- December – Grade school children in Aurora, Colorado, collect $35,000 to purchase and free slave children in Sudan.
- December 1 – Exxon announces a US$73.7 billion deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the second-largest company on the planet by revenue.
- December 5 – D.C. United defeats Vasco da Gama 2–1 on aggregate to win the Interamerican Cup (one of the greatest triumphs in the history of U.S. club soccer).
- December 16–19 – Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders American and British airstrikes on Iraq. UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
- December 17 – Claudia Benton, of West University Place, Texas, is murdered in her house by Angel Maturino Resendiz (his third victim in his third incident).
- December 19 – Lewinsky scandal: President Bill Clinton is impeached by the United States House of Representatives. (He was later acquitted of any wrongdoing.)
- December 21 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council members France, Germany and Russia call for sanctions to end against Iraq. The 3 Security Council members also call for UNSCOM to either be disbanded or for its role to be recast. The U.S. says it will veto any such proposal.
- December 26 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern "no-fly zones".
- January 1 – Samuel Kwong, fencer
- January 4
- January 9 – Kerris Dorsey, actress and singer
- January 12 – Nathan Gamble, actor
- January 13 – Kamron Doyle, bowler
- January 21 – Amelia Hundley, artistic gymnast
- January 23
- January 26 – Leeah D. Jackson, actress
- January 28 – Ariel Winter, actress
- February 10 – Khalid, singer
- February 15 – Zachary Gordon, actor
- February 18 – Matthew Davidson, guitarist and singer
- April 3 – Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson
- April 4 – Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio, notable victim
- April 6
- April 9 – Elle Fanning, actress
- April 14 – Brandon Ratcliff, actor
- April 24 – Ryan Newman, actress and singer
- May 4 – Taylar Hender, actress
- May 6
- May 12 – Tornado Alicia Black, tennis player
- May 21 – Gabbie Rae, singer
- May 27 – Adam Riegler, actor
- June 8 – Arjun Ayyangar, pianist
- June 15 – Rachel Covey, actress
- June 19
- June 24 – Coy Stewart, actor
- July 4 – Malia Obama, daughter of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
- July 7 – Dylan Sprayberry, actor
- July 8 – Jaden Smith, actor, rapper, songwriter, dancer, and the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
- July 9 – Robert Capron, actor
- July 10 – Haley Pullos, actress
- July 15
- July 22 – Madison Pettis, actress
- July 31 – Rico Rodriguez II, actor
- August 1 – Khamani Griffin, actor
- August 3 – Cozi Zuehlsdorff, actress and singer
- August 11 – Nadia Azzi, pianist
- August 25 – China Anne McClain, actress and singer
- September 11 – Makenna Cowgill, actress
- September 21 – Brino quadruplets, actor
- September 28 – Jenna Rose, singer
- October 1 – Danika Yarosh, actress and dancer
- October 18 – Emily Robinson, actress
- October 23 – Amandla Stenberg, actress
- October 28 – Nolan Gould, actor
- October 29 – Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark, son of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece
- November 4 – Darcy Rose Byrnes, actress and singer
- November 13 – Gattlin Griffith, actor
- November 17 – Kara Hayward, actress
- November 18 – Ruby Jerins, actress
- November 20 – Savannah Robinson, singer
- November 24
- November 25 – Bradley Steven Perry, actor
- November 28 – Dylan Bluestone, actor
- December – Chukwu octuplets
- December 14 – Maude Apatow, actress
- December 15 – Chandler Canterbury, actor
- December 16 – Kiara Muhammad, actress and singer
- December 22 – G Hannelius, actress
- December 27 – Grayson Russell, actor
- December 28 – Jared Gilman, actor
- December 29 – Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, actor
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- January 1 – Helen Wills, American tennis player (b. 1905)
- January 4 – Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
- January 5 – Sonny Bono, American singer, actor, and politician (b. 1935)
- January 11 – Ellis Rabb, American director and actor (b. 1930)
- January 15 – Junior Wells, American harmonica player (b. 1934)
- January 16 – Emil Sitka, American actor (b. 1914)
- January 19 – Carl Perkins, American musician and guitarist (b. 1932)
- January 21 – Jack Lord, American actor (b. 1920)
- January 26 – Ethelreda Leopold, American actress (b. 1914)
- January 29 – Joseph Alioto, American lawyer and politician, 36th Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
- February 2 – Raymond Cattell, British-American psychologist (b. 1905)
- February 3
- February 6 – Carl Wilson, American musician (b. 1946)
- February 7
- February 10 – Buddy, notable canine (b. 1988)
- February 11 – Jonathan Hole, American actor (b. 1904)
- February 17 – Bob Merrill, American composer and screenwriter (b. 1921)
- February 18
- February 19 – Grandpa Jones, American musician (b. 1913)
- February 22
- February 23 – Philip Abbott, American actor (b. 1924)
- February 24 – Henny Youngman, British-born American comedian (b. 1906)
- February 26 – Theodore Schultz, American economist (b. 1902)
- February 27
- March 2 – Darcy O'Brien, American author (b. 1939)
- March 3 – Fred W. Friendly, American television journalist and executive (b. 1915)
- March 7 – Bernarr Rainbow, historian of music education, organist, and choir master, (b. 1914)
- March 8 – Ray Nitschke, American football player (b. 1936)
- March 10 – Lloyd Bridges, American actor (b. 1913)
- March 12 – Risen Star, American racehorse (b. 1985)
- March 15 – Benjamin Spock, American rower, pediatrician, and author (b. 1903)
- March 20 – George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician (b. 1956)
- March 31 – Bella Abzug, American lawyer, feminist activist, and politician (b. 1920)
- April 1
- April 3 – Charles Lang, American cinematographer (b. 1901)
- April 6
- April 11
- April 15 – Rose Maddox, American singer (b. 1925)
- April 17 – Linda McCartney, American photographer and musician (b. 1941)
- April 21
- April 23 – James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1928)
- April 25 – Wright Morris, American photographer and writer (b. 1910)
- April 27 – Carlos Castaneda, American anthropologist and author (b. 1925)
- May 1 – Eldridge Cleaver, American political activist and writer (b. 1935)
- May 2
- May 7 – Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (b. 1941)
- May 9
- May 14
- May 15 – Earl Manigault, American street basketball player (b. 1944)
- May 21 – Douglas Fowley, American actor (b. 1911)
- May 22 – John Derek, American actor and film director (b. 1926)
- May 28 – Phil Hartman, Canadian-born American actor, comedian, and murder victim (b. 1948)
- May 29
- June 2
- June 5
- June 9 – Lois Mailou Jones, African-American artist (b. 1905)
- June 12 – Theresa Merritt, American actress (b. 1924)
- June 23 – Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish-American actress (b. 1911 in Ireland)
- June 28 – Marion Eugene Carl, American fighter pilot (b. 1915)
- July 2 – Kay Thompson, American author and actress (b. 1909)
- July 3 – Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
- July 4 – Gregg Burge, American tap dancer and choreographer (b. 1957)
- July 5 – Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
- July 6 – Roy Rogers, American singer and actor (b. 1911)
- July 17 – Joseph Maher, Irish-born American actor (b. 1933)
- July 19 – Elmer Valo, Slovak baseball player (b. 1921)
- July 21
- July 22 – Don Dunphy, American television and radio sports announcer (b. 1908)
- July 27 – Binnie Barnes, British-born American actress (b. 1903)
- July 28 – Harvie Branscomb, American university president (b. 1894)
- July 29 – Jerome Robbins, American choreographer and director (b. 1918)
- July 30 – Buffalo Bob Smith, American children's television host (b. 1917)
- August 2 – Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist (b. 1933)
- August 6 – André Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
- August 9 – Frankie Ruiz, American salsa singer and songwriter (b. 1958)
- August 22 – Jack Briggs, American actor (b. 1920)
- August 24
- August 25 – Lewis F. Powell Jr., American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1907)
- August 26
- August 28 – George Büchi, American chemist (b. 1921)
- September 1 – Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (b. 1921)
- September 2
- September 5 – Leo Penn, American actor and director (b. 1921)
- September 8 – Leonid Kinskey, Russian-born actor (b. 1903)
- September 11 – Dane Clark, American actor (b. 1912)
- September 13 – George Wallace, American politician (b. 1919)
- September 14 – Johnny Adams, American singer (b. 1932)
- September 15 – Fred Alderman, American sprint runner (b. 1905)
- September 20 – Muriel Humphrey Brown, American politician (b. 1912)
- September 21 – Florence Griffith Joyner, American runner (b. 1959)
- September 23 – Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1942)
- September 26 – Betty Carter, American jazz singer (b. 1929)
- September 27 – Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)
- September 29 – Herbert V. Prochnow, U.S. banker and author (b. 1897)
- September 30
- October 2 – Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and sports team owner (b. 1907)
- October 3 – Roddy McDowall, British-born American actor (b. 1928)
- October 6
- October 10 – Marvin Gay Sr., American minister (b. 1914)
- October 11 – Richard Denning, American actor (b. 1914)
- October 12 – Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
- October 14 – Frankie Yankovic, American musician (b. 1916)
- October 16 – Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
- October 24 – Mary Calderone, American physician, public health advocate (b. 1904)
- October 28 – James Goldman, American writer (b. 1927)
- November 3
- November 10 – Hal Newhouser, American baseball player (b. 1921)
- November 15 – Stokely Carmichael, Trinidadian-American civil rights activist (b. 1941)
- November 17
- November 19 – Alan J. Pakula, American film director (b. 1928)
- November 22 – Stu Ungar, American professional poker player (b. 1953)
- November 23 – Don Ray, American basketball player (b. 1921)
- November 25 – Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (b. 1933)
- November 29 – Frank Latimore, American actor (b. 1925)
- November 30 – Margaret Walker, American poet (b. 1915)
- December 1 – Freddie Young, American cinematographer (b. 1902)
- December 5 – Hazel Bishop, American chemist and inventor (b. 1906)
- December 7 – Martin Rodbell, American scientist (b. 1925)
- December 9 – Archie Moore, American professional boxer (b. 1916)
- December 11 – Lynn Strait, American musician (b. 1968)
- December 12
- December 14
- December 15 – Brady Boone, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
- December 16 – William Gaddis, American writer (b. 1922)
- December 17 – Claudia Benton, Peruvian-born child psychologist (b. 1959)
- December 19 – Gordon Gunter, American marine biologist and fisheries scientist (b. 1909)
- December 20 – Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1909)
- December 23 – David Manners, Canadian-American actor (b. 1900)
- December 25 – Richard Paul, American actor (b. 1940)
- December 26
- 1998 in American soccer
- 1998 in American television
- List of American films of 1998
- Timeline of United States history (1990–2009)
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