Historic Views of The Year 1998

Field Ornithologists is a nationwide nonprofit organization aiming to promote interest in and knowledge of practical ornithology in Norway. The association was established in spring 1998 under the name "BombeVarsler'n" (BV'n) ("Bomb Alert") and had as their main occupation to operate a warning system with the same name. The warning system made it possible for an observer to convey findings of rare birds ("bombs") to all who were associated with the network immediately through one-to-many relationship. This gave other bird enthusiasts opportunities to quickly come and see ("cross") the bird.

These noteworthies took place in 1998:

  • Gro Harlem Brundtland became Director General of WHO.
  • Value Commission was created.
  • An American fighter plane collided with a cable car in Italy. 20 perished.
  • Two policemen were shot and killed by a psychiatric patient in Helgeland.
  • Five Russian diplomats were expelled from Norway on suspicion of espionage.
  • Boris Yeltsin deposed the Russian government.
  • Four AUF peaks (Labour Youths) were sentenced to prison for fraud and cheating with membership numbers.
  • More than 100 people were killed in a train accident in Germany.
  • Norway beat Brazil 2-1 after goals from Tore Andre Flo and Kjetil Rekdal.
  • Norway lost 0-1 to Italy and were knocked out of the World Cup.
  • Muslim terrorists killed 264 people in attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • Boris Yeltsin deposed the Russian government again. (see above, five months earlier).
  • Oslo Gardermoen Airport was opened.
  • Statoil acquired Saga. While Exxon and Mobil merged and became the world's largest oil company.
  • Former Secretary General of NATO, Willy Claes, was found guilty of corruption.
  • Supreme Court Advocate Alf Nordhus, Ski jumper Birger Ruud, American actor and singer Frank Sinatra, and Pol Pot, mass murderer and hero for a part of the Norwegian left wing, died.
  • Boys tour went to Larvik.

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