News Events of 1998


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September 1998

9-1-1998 -- The mother of a Middletown man led police to body parts buried in a wilderness preserve in Preble County. Police issued a warrant for James Lawson, suspected in the murder of Cheryl Ann Durkin.
9-1-1998 -- The stock marked bounced back somewhat, climbing 288 points.
9-2-1998 -- Swissair Flight 111 went into the water off the coast of Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard, including 137 Americans.
9-5-1998 -- In baseball, Cardinals' Mark McGwire hit his 60th home run of the season, tying Babe Ruth and closing in on Roger Maris' single season record of 61. McGwire's race for the record with Chicago's Sammy Sossa close behind (at 58) was the story of baseball throughout the summer of 1998.
9-7-1998 -- Mark McGwire hit his 61st home run of the season, tying Roger Maris' record.
9-8-1998 -- McGwire hit his 62nd home run, breaking the single season home run record.
9-12-1998 -- The Dayton Daily News and other newspapers around the country publish excerpts of Ken Starr's report on the investigation of the president and the preliminary rebuttal written by the president's attorneys.
9-13-1998 -- Text of the White House rebuttal is published.
9-13-1998 -- Former Alabama Governor George Wallace died at 79.
9-13-1998 -- Beavercreek residents Bryan D. Cramer and his wife, Donna, were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.
9-16-1998 -- A Trotwood church pastor, Andrew L. Lofton, was shot to death in the church sanctuary after a Bible study class. A member of the congregation later turned himself in to police.
9-20-1998 -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hinted that Marge Schott will not return as controlling owner of the Cincinnati Reds. In other baseball news Cal Ripkin took his first day off since May 30, 1982, setting an ironman record of 2,632 consecutive games.
9-21-1998 -- President Clinton's Aug. 17 videotaped testimony in the Lewinsky case was released to the public and broadcast in full by television networks and C-SPAN.
9-21-1998 -- Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner died at 38.
9-27-1998 -- Mark McGwire hit two more home runs in the final game of the season, setting a record of 70 home runs in a single season.
9-30-98 -- President Clinton announced that the federal government will post its first budget surplus in 29 years.

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