News Events of 1998
4-5-1998 -- The Daily News published the first installment of the five-part series, "Children of the Dream", about the lives of black baby boomers 30 years after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. , and whether the vision he described in his famous
"I Have a Dream" speech has come true for them.
4-7-1998 -- In Cincinnati, "Hustler" publisher Larry Flynt was indicted on charges of selling obscene videotapes to a 14-year-old boy. Also charges was Flynt's brother Jimmy.
4-8-1998 -- Toledo businessman Bruce Douglas withdrew his candidacy for Ohio governor. Douglas had been challenging the better known Lee Fisher for the Democratic nomination.
4-9-1998 -- Kim Goldenberg was named president of Wright State University following the death of Harley Flack.
4-9-1998 -- Tornadoes swept through Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, killing 38 people and destroying 150 homes.
4-10-1998 -- Negotiators in Northern Ireland agreed to a peace accord which could bring an end to more than 30 years of violence in the region.
4-14-1998 -- Dayton Daily News reporter Russell Carollo and Cox Newspapers Washington reporter Jeff Nesmith won the Pulitzer Prize for the October 1997 series, "Unnecessary Danger," which uncovered deadly flaws in the U.S. military's health care system for service personnel.
4-19-1998 -- Chinese dissident Wang Dan, a leader in the 1989 Tiananment Square movement, was released from prison and allowed to come to the U.S.
4-19-1998 -- Linda McCartney, wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, died of cancer. Initial reports said she died in Santa Barbara, California, but a spokesman for the family later admitted that she died in Arizona and the earlier false report was made to give the family privacy.
4-23-1998 -- James Earl Ray, the convicted murderer of Martin Luther King Jr., died in prison at 70. Ray, who originally confessed to the crime, later claimed he was innocent and in the past year members of the King family had come to believe him.
4-25-1998 -- A police officer and three others were injured when a man sought for domestic violence rampaged through two neighborhoods firing a shotgun. Police said the suspect shot the driver of one car in a carjack attempt, then forced another driver out of her car and fled down I-75 to Cincinnati. The car was stopped after a collision and police arrested Dreston Walker, 28, of Trotwood.
4-26-1998 -- First day of the two-part series "Fixing Foster Care," by Debra Jasper.