As CBS News Correspondent Lee Cowan reports, 1998 was a year of repeats - mostly ones few wanted to see a second time around.
It ended with a vote to impeach a president. So much and yet so little had changed since 1974.
It was a year when schoolyards in small towns like Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Springfield, Oregon, once again became the focus of national grief.It was a year when hate reared its familiar head, first on a lonely road in Jasper, Texas, as white supremacists dragged a black man to his death - then on a wooden fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming, where a gay student was tied and heard insults that turned fatal.
It was a year when a mountain man found he had more to run from. Already charged with one blast, the deadly boming of an Alabama abortion clinic, Eric Rudolph was charged with two other terrorist attacks.This year's violence on the streets was outmatched only by Mother Nature - wind anwater her best weapons. Twelve-thousand people lost their lives worldwide to hurricanes this year. Mitch was the monster, but hurricanes Bonnie, Earl, and Georges were devils too.
If Mother Nature couldn't blow it down, she tried burying it down. While central Florida lost tens of thousands of acres to wildfires this year, the region lost few homes - a victory in a long hot summer.But in the midst of it all, 1998 was a year of
heroes too - baseball greats Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa gave us all something to cheer about, whether you were a sports fan or not.
Sports Year in Review
And the fear of growing old seemed to slip away, as John Glenn rocketed back to space - and back into our hearts. Even `unknown' heroes were finally given a name, while others were honored in the place they fell - under the Capitol dome defending democracy at home.It was a year when even a whale got a first class ticket to fly overseas and man tried once again to go around the globe in a hot air balloon.
From fires at sea, to romance at sea, it was a year with a little of everything. Hopefully the good memories outnumber the bad.
Reported by CBS News Correspondent Lee Cowan