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August 17th, 1998.

August 17th, 1998, was a Monday. It was day 229 of 1998. The decade was the 1990s.

22 years, 9 months and 26 days have passed since August 17th, 1998.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On this day.

What happened on August 17th, 1998?

  • US President Bill Clinton admits that he had an "improper physical relationship" with Monica Lewinsky.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1998.

  • United States: The Boy Is Mine - Brandy & Monica
  • United Kingdom: No Matter What - Boyzone
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.

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Saving Private Ryan" was at the top of the box office on August 17th, 1998.

Take me back to August 17th, 1998!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 17th, 1998 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song The Boy Is Mine by Brandy & Monica is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, No Matter What by Boyzone is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Saving Private Ryan is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Tony Blair is the current Prime Minister. Meanwhile, in technology news, 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. A musical subgenre called "Nu metal" is beginning to take off, aided by the success of bands such as Korn.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Home Improvement", "The Nanny", "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Recess". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee", "Grand Theft Auto", "Age of Empires" and "1080° Snowboarding". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Home Improvement", "Moesha", "Blue's Clues" and "Pokemon".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Sylvanian Families, Polly Pocket, Yo-yo and Bop It.

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 August 17th, 1998.

  • Nu metal.

    Nu metal.

    A musical subgenre called "Nu metal" was beginning to rise in popularity at the end of 1998. Korn were one of the first bands to pioneer the new sound. In August of 1998, the band released their album "Follow the Leader", which peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

  • 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.

  • 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 format.

    CDs become the dominant 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 22 years, 9 months and 26 days have passed since August 17th, 1998.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 34 of 1998.
  • Leap Year: 1998 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 17th, 1998, will be 22 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1998 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 903308400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 17th, 1998.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 17th, 1998, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1998 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 17th, 1998 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

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.

  • Sex and the City - A group of friends "explore" Manhattan's dating scene.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on August 17th, 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
  • The Nanny
  • Tales from the Cryptkeeper
  • Animaniacs
  • 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.

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 August 17th, 2004 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 17th of August.

Weather on August 17th, 1998.

Historical weather information for August 17th, 1998.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 18.9 degrees Celsius. It was a very wet day. There were 3 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 74.0 degrees Fahrenheit. 23.33 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 19.17 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on August 17th, 1998.

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1998.

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 17th, 1998 was most likely conceived around the 7th of November, 1997.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 17th, 1998 is close to the 27th of May, 1999.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 17th, 1998.

  • A total of 8,335 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,190 weeks have passed.
  • 720,144,000 seconds have passed since the August 17th, 1998.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 840,168,000 times.
  • Since August 17th, 1998, the earth has travelled approximately 371,594,304,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 120,024,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 61,932,384 steps. That's about 27,526 miles!
  • Since this date, 8,641,728 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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