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May 8th, 1998.

May 8th, 1998, was a Friday. It was day 128 of 1998. The decade was the 1990s.

23 years, 4 months and 12 days have passed since May 8th, 1998.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 8th, 1998?

  • The movie Deep Impact (1998) is released.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 8th, 1998.

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

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "He Got Game" was at the top of the box office on May 8th, 1998.

Take me back to May 8th, 1998!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 8th, 1998 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

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. 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.

The Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal is receiving ongoing media attention. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Frank Sinatra, Phil Hartman, Big L and Stanley Kubrick would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Home Improvement", "Baywatch", "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Stargate SG-1".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Super Mario 64", "GoldenEye 007", "Resident Evil 2" and "Tenchu: Stealth Assassins". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Doug", "Hey Arnold!", "Smart Guy" and "Recess". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Jenga, Super Soaker (water gun), the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Spice Girls dolls.

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 8th, 1998.

  • The iMac is unveiled.

    The iMac is unveiled.

    In May of 1998, Apple unveiled their new desktop computer: The iMac.

  • Justin Fashanu commits suicide.

    Justin Fashanu commits suicide.

    On May 2nd, 1998, soccer player Justin Fashanu committed suicide at the age of 37. Fashanu had been on the run from police since April, when a 17-year-old boy in the United States accused him of sexual assault.

  • Eurovision 1998.

    Eurovision 1998.

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

  • Father Ted comes to an end.

    Father Ted comes to an end.

    At the start of May, 1998, the final episode of Father Ted was aired on Channel 4.

  • Grand Theft Auto.

    Grand Theft Auto.

    At the end of March, 1998, a new game called "Grand Theft Auto" was released.

  • The Lewinsky Scandal.

    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.

  • 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 naughties, many people used CD folders to store their music collection. Disc towers were also popular for albums and things such as PlayStation games.

  • 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.

  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie.

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

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 23 years, 4 months and 12 days have passed since May 8th, 1998.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 19 of 1998.
  • Leap Year: 1998 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 8th, 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 894582000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 8th, 1998.

  • 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.
  • May 4th, 1998: Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski is given four life sentences plus 30 years.
  • May 6th, 1998: Apple's first iMac computer is unveiled to the public by Steve Jobs.
  • This date: May 8th, 1998
  • 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 "Seinfeld" is aired.
  • May 14th, 1998: The first episode of the "claymated" series Celebrity Deathmatch is aired on MTV.
  • 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.
  • June 5th, 1998: The film The Truman Show (1998) is released.
  • June 5th, 1998: A prepared obituary for comedian Bob Hope is released by mistake.
  • June 6th, 1998: Pras releases the song "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)", featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mýa.
  • June 6th, 1998: The first episode of Sex and the City is aired.

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 8th, 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 22.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 8th, 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.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond - TV show about a sports write called Raymond Barone.
  • 7th Heaven - Family drama series.
  • Kenan & Kel - Nickelodeon TV show about two friends called Kenan and Kel.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun - Show about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth.
  • JAG - TV series about the military's Judge Advocate General division.
  • Pinky and the Brain - Animated series about a pair of genetically enhanced laboratory mice.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess - TV series about a warrior princess who travels around fighting bad guys.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - TV series.

Kid's TV shows on May 8th, 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
  • Lego Pirates
  • 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.

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 May 8th, 2004 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 8th.

Harry S. Truman

US President. Deceased
Born on May 8th, 1884
He was not alive on this date.

David Attenborough

British broadcaster.
Born on May 8th, 1926
He turned 72 on this day in 1998.

Sonny Liston

Boxer. Deceased
Born on May 8th, 1932
He was not alive on this date.

Enrique Iglesias

Singer.
Born on May 8th, 1975
He turned 23 on this day in 1998.

6ix9ine

Rapper.
Born on May 8th, 1996
He turned 2 on this day in 1998.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 8th of May.

  • Victory in Europe Day (France)

Weather on May 8th, 1998.

Historical weather information for May 8th, 1998.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 14.5 degrees Celsius. It was a wet day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit. 17 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.76cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 16 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on May 8th, 1998.

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 8th, 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 8th, 1998.

  • A total of 8,536 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,219 weeks have passed.
  • 737,510,400 seconds have passed since the May 8th, 1998.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 860,428,800 times.
  • Since May 8th, 1998, the earth has travelled approximately 380,555,366,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 122,918,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 63,425,894 steps. That's about 28,189 miles!
  • Since this date, 8,850,125 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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