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January 2nd, 1998.

January 2nd, 1998, was a Friday. It was day 2 of 1998. The decade was the 1990s.

24 years and 25 days have passed since January 2nd, 1998.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Birthdays

Born on January 2nd, 1998.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 2nd, 1998.

  • United States: Candle In The Wind 1997 - Elton John
  • United Kingdom: Too Much - Spice Girls

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 2nd, 1998.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight - Elton John
  • How Do I Live - LeAnn Rimes
  • You Make Me Wanna... - Usher
  • Together Again - Janet
  • Been Around The World - Puff Daddy & The Family (Feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Mase)
Play the top hits from 1998.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1998. Take a trip back to the days of Cher, Celine Dion, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Robbie Williams and Faithless.
Titanic

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Titanic" was at the top of the box office on January 2nd, 1998.

Take me back to January 2nd, 1998!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 2nd, 1998 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

In America, the song Candle In The Wind 1997 by Elton John is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Too Much by Spice Girls is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Titanic is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Tony Blair is the current Prime Minister. A new form of communication called "text messaging" is continuing to grow in popularity. However, it can only be done if both the sender and the receiver are on the same cell network. Meanwhile, CDs have become the dominant format for music. People are buying CD players and the portable CD players such as the "Discman". As a result, the older cassette tape format is continuing to decline in sales.

In fashion, bright and metallic colors are all the rage. A contrast with the darker "grunge" colors that were popular at the beginning of the 1990s. Women are wearing maxi skirts, bell bottoms, knee boots, crop tops, tube tops, slip dresses, maxi coats and platform shoes. Meanwhile, a lot of men have ditched their grunge and skater clothes in favor of sporting a more "dressy casual" look. Shorter hair on men is also becoming more popular. It's 1998, so radio stations are being dominated by the likes of Brandy, Monica, Aerosmith, R. Kelly, K-Ci & JoJo, Céline Dion, All Saints, Steps and Will Smith. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Sonny Bono, Rob Pilatus, Frank Sinatra and Phil Hartman would all be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Ellen", "Party of Five", "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Everybody Loves Raymond". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Porsche Challenge", "Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee", "Fallout" and "Grand Theft Auto". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Moesha", "Clueless", "The Angry Beavers" and "City Guys".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Polly Pocket, Dear Diary, the Sega Saturn and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 2nd, 1998.

  • Celine Dion - "My Heart Will Go On"

    Celine Dion - "My Heart Will Go On"

    "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion went on to win a Grammy for 1998's Record of the Year.

  • Pagers are dying out.

    Pagers are dying out.

    At the end of the 1990s, pagers started to die out. This was due to the growing availability of cellphones. Pagers were small devices allowed the owner to receive messages. More often than not, the message in question was a memo or a phone number that they were supposed to call back.

  • 1998 in music.

    1998 in music.

    Popular music artists in 1998 included Usher, Céline Dion, K-Ci & JoJo, Next, Shania Twain, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Brandy, Monica, Sarah McLachlan, Jennifer Paige, Aerosmith, 98 Degrees, Deborah Cox, Britney Spears and All Saints.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1998?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1998?

    In 1998, the best NBA players were Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Payton, Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, Grant Hill, Vin Baker, David Robinson, Tim Hardaway, Rod Strickland, Scottie Pippen, Glen Rice, Reggie Miller, Mitch Richmond and Dikembe Mutombo.

  • Bill Clinton & Ken Starr.

    Bill Clinton & Ken Starr.

    US President Bill Clinton and Ken Starr, the lawyer who published the Starr Report, are both named as the Time Person of the Year in 1998.

  • 1998 in movies.

    1998 in movies.

    Movies released in 1998 included Armageddon, Saving Private Ryan, Godzilla, There's Something About Mary, A Bug's Life, Deep Impact, Mulan, Dr. Dolittle, Shakespeare in Love, Lethal Weapon 4, Blade, American History X and The Waterboy.

  • Landline phones are still popular... for now.

    Landline phones are still popular... for now.

    During this period, landline phones were still popular. However, they would soon start to decline due to the rise of mobile phones.

  • Jenny McCarthy.

    Jenny McCarthy.

    American model and television host Jenny McCarthy was listed as FHM's sexiest model in 1998.

  • Who were the best football players in 1998?

    Who were the best football players in 1998?

    In 1998, the best soccer players were Zinedine Zidane, Davor Šuker, Ronaldo, Michael Owen, Rivaldo, Gabriel Batistuta, Lilian Thuram, Edgar Davids, Dennis Bergkamp, Marcel Desailly and Frank de Boer.

  • Shakespeare in Love.

    Shakespeare in Love.

    "Shakespeare in Love" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1998.

  • CD folders.

    CD folders.

    During the late 1990s and early noughties, many people used CD folders to store their music collection. Disc towers were also popular for albums and things such as PlayStation games.

  • Titanic.

    Titanic.

    James Cameron's film "Titanic" was being played in movie theaters at this time. The movie went on to gross over $2.1 billion USD.

  • Late 1990s Fashion.

    Late 1990s Fashion.

    Popular clothing items included pleather pants, high-waisted miniskirts and halter tops. Metallic clothing became more common. Cargo pants and other military-inspired clothing also started to become more popular. Preppy looks became widespread amongst young men, as brands such as Old Navy and Abercrombie & Fitch became more and more favoured. The rave scene also inspired the comeback of more colours.

  • The Nintendo 64.

    The Nintendo 64.

    During this period, the Nintendo 64 was competing with Sony's PlayStation console. Popular games included the likes of Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007 and Yoshi's Story.

  • The PlayStation.

    The PlayStation.

    The PlayStation (PS1) was released in September of 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.

  • CDs become the dominant music format.

    CDs become the dominant music format.

    From the mid-1990s onward, CDs became the dominant format for music. CD players and the "Discman" increased in popularity while sales of cassette tapes and vinyl records continued to peter out.

  • VCRs are a common household item.

    VCRs are a common household item.

    During this period, people were using VCRs to watch tapes of movies and TV shows. The device also gave people the ability to record programs and films onto a blank tape.

  • Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, wallpaper started to decline in popularity. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, many people opted for minimalist plain-colored walls.

  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie.

    During the 1990s, an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" was in fashion.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 24 years and 25 days have passed since January 2nd, 1998.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1998.
  • Leap Year: 1998 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 2nd, 1998, will be 24 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1998 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 883699200.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 2nd, 1998.

  • December 8th, 1997: Jenny Shipley becomes the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand after replacing Jim Bolger as the leader of the National Party.
  • December 8th, 1997: Canadian singer Celine Dion releases her soundtrack single "My Heart Will Go On".
  • December 12th, 1997: Scream 2 (1997) is released.
  • December 12th, 1997: Autumn Jackson is found guilty of trying to extort money from comedian Bill Cosby and is sentenced to 26 months in federal prison.
  • December 18th, 1997: American actor and comedian Chris Farley dies from a drug overdose at the age of 33.
  • December 19th, 1997: The movie Titanic (1997) is released in movie theaters.
  • December 23rd, 1997: Brazilian striker Ronaldo wins the 1997 Ballon d'Or.
  • December 24th, 1997: Celine Dion releases her song "My Heart Will Go On".
  • December 25th, 1997: Jackie Brown (1997) is released.
  • December 26th, 1997: The movie "Spice World" is released.
  • December 27th, 1997: Prominent Ulster loyalist Billy Wright is killed by INLA inmates in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland.
  • December 31st, 1997: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are married.
  • This date: January 2nd, 1998
  • January 5th, 1998: Former recording artist Sonny Bono dies from a skiing accident.
  • January 14th, 1998: $1.6 million in cash is stolen in a bank robbery at the Bank of America in the World Trade Center.
  • January 17th, 1998: The Lewinsky scandal is first mentioned by The Drudge Report.
  • January 21st, 1998: The game Resident Evil 2 is released.
  • January 22nd, 1998: Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski pleads guilty and is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • January 25th, 1998: Super Bowl XXXII: The Denver Broncos defeat the Green Bay Packers by 31-24 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
  • January 25th, 1998: David Beckham and Victoria Adams (Posh Spice) announce their engagement.
  • January 26th, 1998: US President Bill Clinton denies having "sexual relations" with Monica Lewinsky.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 2nd, 1998, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1998 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 2nd, 1998 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of late 1990s fashion.

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1990s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from January, 1998.

Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal
TV show about an attorney called Ally McBeal. Starring Calista Flockhart.

Stargate SG-1
Stargate SG-1
A military team of scientists and soldiers travel to different planets in the universe.

Oz
Oz
TV series about a prison called Oswald State Correctional Facility.

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Anthology series presented by Jonathan Frakes.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.

King of the Hill
King of the Hill
Animated series about a family living in Texas.

Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
TV show about a sports write called Raymond Barone.

7th Heaven
7th Heaven
Family drama series.

3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Show about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth.

JAG
JAG
TV series about the military's Judge Advocate General division.

Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
TV series about a warrior princess who travels around fighting bad guys.

Father Ted
Father Ted
Irish comedy TV series about a group of Catholic priests.

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
TV series.

Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Kathryn Janeway is the captain of a starship that is lost in space and must find its way back home.

Friends
Friends
Sitcom about a group of friends living in New York City.

Touched by an Angel
Touched by an Angel
TV series about a group of angels.

ER
ER
Hospital drama series.

Party of Five
Party of Five
TV show about five siblings whose parents died in a car accident.

Ellen
Ellen
TV series.

Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Soap drama that is set in space.

The Nanny
The Nanny
Fran Fine becomes a nanny in wealthy widower Maxwell Sheffield's home.

Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Starring Chuck Norris.

Frasier
Frasier
Sitcom about a therapist / talk-show host called Dr. Frasier Crane.

The X-Files
The X-Files
Special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully team up to investigate the paranormal.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Spin-off of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
American Western drama.

Mad About You
Mad About You
Starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser.

Cars in 1998.

1998 saw the introduction of cars such as the Cadillac Escalade, the Volkswagen New Beetle, the Ford Cougar, the Ford Focus, the Clio Renault Sport and the Fiat Multipla.

Cars in 1998.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on January 2nd, 1998.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1998.

Bear in the Big Blue House
Bear in the Big Blue House

Men in Black: The Series
Men in Black: The Series

Teen Angel
Teen Angel

Mummies Alive!
Mummies Alive!

City Guys
City Guys

Recess
Recess

USA High
USA High

Cow And Chicken
Cow And Chicken

The Angry Beavers
The Angry Beavers

Smart Guy
Smart Guy

Pokemon
Pokemon

Teletubbies
Teletubbies

Daria
Daria

KaBlam!
KaBlam!

Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!

Arthur
Arthur

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm

Clueless
Clueless

Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues

Superman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series

7th Heaven
7th Heaven

Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel

Moesha
Moesha

Little Bear
Little Bear

Goosebumps
Goosebumps

Hang Time
Hang Time

Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain

In the House
In the House

Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo

Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory

The Secret World of Alex Mack
The Secret World of Alex Mack

Friends
Friends

All That
All That

Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister

Weird Science
Weird Science

The Nanny
The Nanny

Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World

Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Tales from the Cryptkeeper

Animaniacs
Animaniacs

Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy

Home Improvement
Home Improvement

Doug
Doug

Rugrats
Rugrats

Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210

Art Attack
Art Attack

Round the Twist
Round the Twist

The Simpsons
The Simpsons

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1998.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1998.

Gogo's Crazy Bones
Gogo's Crazy Bones

Spice Girls dolls
Spice Girls dolls

The Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Card Game

Bop It
Bop It

The Nintendo 64
The Nintendo 64

The Tamagotchi
The Tamagotchi

The PlayStation (PS1)
The PlayStation (PS1)

The Sega Saturn
The Sega Saturn

Styrofoam plane gliders
Styrofoam plane gliders

Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle

Dear Diary
Dear Diary

Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop

Super Soaker (water gun)
Super Soaker (water gun)

Yo-yo
Yo-yo

Lego Pirates
Lego Pirates

Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket

Jenga
Jenga

Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Diddy Kong Racing 1997
Diddy Kong Racing
Racing game that was released for the Nintendo 64.

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back 1997
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Developed by Naughty Dog for the Sony PlayStation.

Age of Empires 1997
Age of Empires
History-based RTS game by Ensemble Studios.

Grand Theft Auto 1997
Grand Theft Auto
The first installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. Published by BMG Interactive.

Fallout 1997
Fallout
Open world role-playing game.

PaRappa the Rapper 1997
PaRappa the Rapper
Rhythm game developed for the Sony PlayStation.

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee 1997
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
Platform video game that was published for the PlayStation.

GoldenEye 007 1997
GoldenEye 007
A first person shooter game that was set in the James Bond universe. Released on the Nintendo 64.

Porsche Challenge 1997
Porsche Challenge
Released for the PlayStation.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 1997
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Published by LucasArts for the Nintendo 64.

Star Fox 64 1997
Star Fox 64
Rail shooter that was released for the Nintendo 64.

Harvest Moon 1997
Harvest Moon
Farm simulation RPG developed by Amccus.

War Gods 1997
War Gods
Fighting video game that was released on several consoles.

Theme Hospital 1997
Theme Hospital
Hospital strategy game that was developed by Bullfrog Productions. Released on the PC and PlayStation.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Release by Konami in 1997.

Tekken 3 1997
Tekken 3
Third entry in the fighting series "Tekken".

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 1997
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
FPS that was released for the Nintendo 64 and Windows.

Final Fantasy VII 1997
Final Fantasy VII
Developed by Square for the Sony PlayStation.

Soul Blade 1997
Soul Blade
Fighting game developed for the Sony PlayStation.

Super Mario 64 1996
Super Mario 64
Platform game for the Nintendo 64.

1998 - TV stations, commercials and shows.

A nostalgic video that emulates what television was like back in 1998.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1998.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out January 2nd, 2004 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 2nd.

Cuba Gooding, Jr

Actor.
Born on January 2nd, 1968
He turned 30 on this day in 1998.

Dax Shepard

Actor.
Born on January 2nd, 1975
He turned 23 on this day in 1998.

Loic Remy

Soccer player.
Born on January 2nd, 1987
He turned 11 on this day in 1998.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 2nd of January.

  • Berchtoldstag (Switzerland)
Weather details

Weather on January 2nd, 1998.

Historical weather information for January 2nd, 1998.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 7.7 degrees Celsius. It rained a bit (mist or a shower or two). It was a windy day. There were 4 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 40.1 degrees Fahrenheit. 4.5 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 8.28 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 10.92cm.
USA

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on January 2nd, 1998.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 2nd, 1998.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 2nd, 1998 was most likely conceived around April 11th, 1997.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 2nd, 1998 is close to September 25th, 1998.

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Stats for January 2nd, 1998

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 2nd, 1998.

  • A total of 8,791 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,255 weeks have passed.
  • 759,542,400 seconds have passed since the January 2nd, 1998.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 886,132,800 times.
  • Since January 2nd, 1998, the earth has travelled approximately 391,923,878,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 126,590,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 65,320,646 steps. That's about 29,031 miles!
  • Since this date, 9,114,509 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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