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May 4th, 1998.

May 4th, 1998, was a Monday. It was day 124 of 1998. The decade was the 1990s.

23 years and 2 days have passed since May 4th, 1998.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 4th, 1998?

  • Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski is given four life sentences plus 30 years.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 4th, 1998.

  • United States: Too Close - Next
  • United Kingdom: Under The Bridge / Lady Marmalade - All Saints

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "He Got Game" was at the top of the box office on May 4th, 1998.

Take me back to May 4th, 1998!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 4th, 1998 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1998 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In America, the song Too Close by Next is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Under The Bridge / Lady Marmalade by All Saints is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie He Got Game is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Tony Blair is the current Prime Minister. 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.

The Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal is receiving ongoing media attention. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", "Star Trek: Voyager", "Stargate SG-1" and "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Fallout", "Grand Theft Auto", "Resident Evil 2" and "World Cup 98".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Simpsons", "Blue's Clues", "Arthur" and "Bear in the Big Blue House". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Sylvanian Families, Jenga, the Nintendo 64 and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

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 May 4th, 1998.

  • 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.

  • Shakespeare in Love.

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

  • Jenny McCarthy.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Celine Dion - "My Heart Will Go On".

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

  • The Lewinsky Scandal.

    In January of 1998, news of the Lewinsky Scandal began to break. Bill Clinton, who was the US President at the time, was accused of engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a White House intern. In August of 1998, Clinton admitted that he had an improper physical relationship with Lewinsky.

  • Eurovision 1998.

    The 1998 Eurovision song contest is held in Birmingham, England. Israel win the contest with the song "Diva" by Dana International.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 23 years and 2 days have passed since May 4th, 1998.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 19 of 1998.
  • Leap Year: 1998 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 4th, 1998, will be 23 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1998 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 894236400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 4th, 1998.

  • April 7th, 1998: George Michael is arrested for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom in Beverly Hills, California.
  • April 7th, 1998: Rock band Goo Goo Dolls release their single "Iris".
  • April 10th, 1998: Good Friday Agreement: A historic peace deal is reached in Northern Ireland after nearly two years of talks.
  • April 15th, 1998: Former Cambodian dictator and Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot dies.
  • April 26th, 1998: Wresting: "Unforgiven: In Your House" - The Undertaker defeats Kane in an Inferno Match and Dude Love beats Stone Cold Steve Austin.
  • May 1st, 1998: The last episode of "Father Ted" is aired.
  • May 2nd, 1998: English footballer Justin Fashanu commits suicide.
  • This date: May 4th, 1998
  • May 8th, 1998: The movie Deep Impact (1998) is released.
  • May 10th, 1998: German soccer player Jürgen Klinsmann plays his last ever game.
  • May 10th, 1998: Sinn Fein votes to accept the Good Friday peace agreement.
  • May 12th, 1998: DMX releases his debut album "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot".
  • May 13th, 1998: Football: Chelsea win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final after a goal from Gianfranco Zola helps them defeat VfB Stuttgart 1-0.
  • May 13th, 1998: Spice Girls singer "Mel B" becomes engaged to Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar.
  • May 14th, 1998: Frank Sinatra dies from a heart attack at the age of 82.
  • May 14th, 1998: The final episode of "Seinfield" is aired.
  • May 16th, 1998: FA Cup Final 1998: Goals from Marc Overmars and Nicolas Anelka help Arsenal secure a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.
  • May 20th, 1998: Football: Spanish side Real Madrid win the UEFA Champions League after they defeat Juventus 1-0.
  • May 20th, 1998: Actor Charlie Sheen suffers a stroke after overdosing on cocaine.
  • May 22nd, 1998: The Good Friday Agreement is endorsed by referendums in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • May 25th, 1998: The single "C'est la Vie" is released by Irish girl group B*Witched.
  • May 28th, 1998: Actor Phil Hartman is shot and killed by his wife. Hartman had voiced The Simpsons characters such as Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure.
  • May 29th, 1998: Orlando Anderson (the prime suspect behind rapper Tupac Shakur's murder) is killed following a gang-related shootout.
  • May 31st, 1998: Geri Halliwell announces that she is leaving the Spice Girls.
  • June 3rd, 1998: 101 people are killed when a high-speed train derails in Germany.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 4th, 1998, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 4th, 1998 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of late 1990s fashion.

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1990s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place - TV show about two graduate students called Berg and Pete.
  • CatDog - Animated show about conjoined siblings - a cat and a dog.
  • Dawson's Creek - American teen drama.
  • Ally McBeal - TV show about an attorney called Ally McBeal. Starring Calista Flockhart.
  • Recess - Cartoon series about a group of six fourth-graders.
  • Stargate SG-1 - A military team of scientists and soldiers travel to different planets in the universe.
  • Oz - TV series about a prison called Oswald State Correctional Facility.
  • Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction - Anthology series presented by Jonathan Frakes.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  • King of the Hill - Animated series about a family living in Texas.
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - TV show about a high school student with magical powers.
  • Clueless - TV show about a group of friends that live in the posh neighborhood of Beverly Hills.

Kid's TV shows on May 4th, 1998.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1998.

  • CatDog
  • Dawson's Creek
  • Bear in the Big Blue House
  • Teen Angel
  • City Guys
  • Recess
  • USA High
  • The Angry Beavers
  • Smart Guy
  • Pokemon
  • Teletubbies
  • Daria
  • Hey Arnold!
  • Arthur
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Blue's Clues
  • 7th Heaven
  • Kenan & Kel
  • Moesha
  • Goosebumps
  • Hang Time
  • Pinky and the Brain
  • In the House
  • Dexter's Laboratory
  • Friends
  • All That
  • Sister, Sister
  • Weird Science
  • The Nanny
  • Tales from the Cryptkeeper
  • Animaniacs
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Home Improvement
  • Doug
  • Rugrats
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • The Simpsons

Popular toys and games in 1998.

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

  • Spice Girls dolls
  • The Pokémon Trading Card Game
  • Bop It
  • The Nintendo 64
  • The Tamagotchi
  • The PlayStation (PS1)
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Super Soaker (water gun)
  • Yo-yo
  • Polly Pocket
  • Jenga
  • Sylvanian Families

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • StarCraft - RTS game.
  • World Cup 98 - Soccer game developed by EA Sports.
  • 1080° Snowboarding - Snowboard racing game.
  • Tenchu: Stealth Assassins - Stealth game that was released on the PlayStation.
  • Resident Evil 2 - The second game in the series. Starring Leon and Claire as they traverse the Zombie-filled streets of Raccoon City.
  • Age of Empires - History-based RTS game by Ensemble Studios.
  • Grand Theft Auto - The first installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. Published by BMG Interactive.
  • Fallout - Open world role-playing game.
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - Platform video game that was published for the PlayStation.
  • GoldenEye 007 - A first person shooter game that was set in the James Bond universe. Released on the Nintendo 64.
  • Super Mario 64 - Platform game for the Nintendo 64.

1998 - TV stations, commercials and shows.

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Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 4th of May.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 4th of May.

  • Greenery Day (Japan)
  • Star Wars Day
  • May Day Bank Holiday (UK)
  • May Day (Ireland)

Weather on May 4th, 1998.

Historical weather information for May 4th, 1998.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 16.2 degrees Celsius. It rained a bit (mist or a shower or two). There were 4 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 56.5 degrees Fahrenheit. 13.61 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. There was thunder. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.76cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 10 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on May 4th, 1998.

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 4th, 1998.

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 4th, 1998.

  • A total of 8,403 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,200 weeks have passed.
  • 726,019,200 seconds have passed since the May 4th, 1998.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 847,022,400 times.
  • Since May 4th, 1998, the earth has travelled approximately 374,625,907,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 121,003,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 62,437,651 steps. That's about 27,750 miles!
  • Since this date, 8,712,230 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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