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August 31st, 1998.

August 31st, 1998, was a Monday. It was day 243 of 1998. The decade was the 1990s.

23 years, 2 months and 28 days have passed since August 31st, 1998.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On this day.

What happened on August 31st, 1998?

  • Boxer Mike Tyson assaults two motorists following a traffic accident.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1998.

  • United States: I Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
  • United Kingdom: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 31st, 1998.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • The Boy Is Mine - Brandy & Monica
  • My Way - Usher
  • The First Night - Monica
  • Crush - Jennifer Paige
  • Never Ever - 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.
Blade

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Blade" was at the top of the box office on August 31st, 1998.

Take me back to August 31st, 1998!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 31st, 1998 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. The summer of 1998 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner.

In America, the song I Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next by Manic Street Preachers is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Blade 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. A musical subgenre called "Nu metal" is beginning to take off, aided by the success of bands such as Korn.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Big L, Stanley Kubrick, Joe DiMaggio and Dana Plato would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Baywatch", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", "Touched by an Angel" and "Dawson's Creek". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee", "Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back", "Resident Evil 2" and "1080° Snowboarding".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Doug", "Animaniacs", "Moesha" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Polly Pocket, Dear Diary, the Tamagotchi 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 August 31st, 1998.

  • Blade.

    Blade.

    During this time, the film Blade was showing in movie theaters.

  • Floppy disks are being phased out.

    Floppy disks are being phased out.

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the floppy disk was phased out. The emergence of the CD-RW and faster Internet speeds made the diskette redundant.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 23 years, 2 months and 28 days have passed since August 31st, 1998.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 36 of 1998.
  • Leap Year: 1998 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 31st, 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 904518000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 31st, 1998.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 31st, 1998, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Leo.
  • 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: August 31st, 1998 falls under the Bear.
  • 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.

TV shows from August, 1998.

That '70s Show
That '70s Show
Comedy TV show about a group of friends living in the 1970s.

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

Celebrity Deathmatch
Celebrity Deathmatch
Claymated stop-motion parody series that aired on MTV.

Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
TV show about two graduate students called Berg and Pete.

Dawson's Creek
Dawson's Creek
American teen drama.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kids' TV shows on August 31st, 1998.

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

That '70s Show
That '70s Show

CatDog
CatDog

Dawson's Creek
Dawson's Creek

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

Friends
Friends

All That
All That

Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister

The Nanny
The Nanny

Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World

Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Tales from the Cryptkeeper

Animaniacs
Animaniacs

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

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.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 1998
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Tactical shooter game.

Soulcalibur 1998
Soulcalibur
Fighting game that was released for the Sega Dreamcast.

Gran Turismo 1998
Gran Turismo
Racing video game that was released for the Sony PlayStation.

StarCraft 1998
StarCraft
RTS game.

World Cup 98 1998
World Cup 98
Soccer game developed by EA Sports.

1080° Snowboarding 1998
1080° Snowboarding
Snowboard racing game.

Tenchu: Stealth Assassins 1998
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Stealth game that was released on the PlayStation.

Resident Evil 2 1998
Resident Evil 2
The second game in the series. Starring Leon and Claire as they traverse the Zombie-filled streets of Raccoon City.

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.

Porsche Challenge 1997
Porsche Challenge
Released for the PlayStation.

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

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

Final Fantasy VII 1997
Final Fantasy VII
Developed by Square 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 August 31st, 2004 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 31st.

Richard Gere

Actor.
Born on August 31st, 1949
He turned 49 on this day in 1998.

Chris Tucker

Actor.
Born on August 31st, 1971
He turned 27 on this day in 1998.

Jeff Hardy

Wrestler.
Born on August 31st, 1977
He turned 21 on this day in 1998.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of August.

  • Late Summer Bank Holiday (UK)

Weather on August 31st, 1998.

Historical weather information for August 31st, 1998.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 16.7 degrees Celsius. There was heavy rain. It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 66.6 degrees Fahrenheit. 19.22 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 16.83 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on August 31st, 1998.

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1998.

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 31st, 1998 was most likely conceived around December 8th, 1997.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 31st, 1998 is close to May 24th, 1999.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 31st, 1998.

  • A total of 8,490 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,212 weeks have passed.
  • 733,539,600 seconds have passed since the August 31st, 1998.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 855,796,200 times.
  • Since August 31st, 1998, the earth has travelled approximately 378,506,433,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 122,256,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 63,084,406 steps. That's about 28,038 miles!
  • Since this date, 8,802,475 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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