October 2, 1998

October 2, 1998, was a Friday. It was 25 years, 9 months, and 11 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 2, 1998:

  • United States: "The First Night" by Monica
  • United Kingdom: "Rollercoaster" by B*Witched

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 2, 1998

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • I Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
  • The First Night - Monica
  • Crush - Jennifer Paige
  • My Way - Usher
  • The Boy Is Mine - Brandy & Monica
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Rush Hour

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Rush Hour" was at the top of the box office on October 2, 1998.


This date was 9,416 days ago. Approximately 314 months have passed. It was the 275th day of 1998, in week 40. The decade was the nineties. People born on this day are currently 25 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. The Earth has experienced 105 seasons of weather since then.


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Take me back to October 2, 1998

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Friday, October 2, 1998. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have become much cooler, and the evenings are beginning to get darker. There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. In America, the song "The First Night" by Monica is at the top of the singles charts, while "Rollercoaster" by B*Witched is the number-one song in the UK.

Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Rush Hour is at the top of the box office. Tony Blair is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. A new form of communication called "text messaging" is starting to become more widespread. However, it can only be done if both the sender and the receiver are on the same cell network.

The CD is quickly becoming the dominant format for music, and people are buying portable players such as the "Discman". Consequently, sales of cassette tapes are continuing to decline. In fashion, bright and metallic colors are all the rage—a big change from the darker "grunge" colors of the early 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 a "dress casual" look. They are also beginning to cut their hair shorter. 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 Michelle Thomas, Big L, Stanley Kubrick, and Joe DiMaggio would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Baywatch", "ER", "Star Trek: Voyager", and "Dawson's Creek".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tenchu: Stealth Assassins", "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six", "Metal Gear Solid", and "Mission Impossible". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Simpsons", "In the House", "USA High", and "City Guys". Popular toys at the moment include Sylvanian Families, Yo-yo, Dear Diary, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 2, 1998.

  • Floppy disks are being phased out.

    Floppy disks are being phased out

    The floppy disk was being phased out by this point, as the emergence of the CD-RW and faster Internet speeds had made it somewhat redundant.
  • Nu metal.

    Nu metal

    A musical subgenre called "Nu Metal" was beginning to rise in popularity by 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.
  • 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

    Pagers started to die out at the end of the 1990s. This was due to the growing availability of cellphones. Pagers were small devices that 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, were both named 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

    Although most houses still had landline telephones, they were starting to slowly die out due to the increasing availability of cellphones.
  • Jenny McCarthy.

    Jenny McCarthy

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

    Best soccer players

    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 and disc towers.

    CD folders and disc towers

    People were using CD folders and disc towers to store their music collections and PlayStation games. CD folders were particularly useful if you wanted to switch between different albums while driving.
  • Ask Jeeves.

    Ask Jeeves

    Internet users were using a search engine called "Ask Jeeves".
  • Late 1990s Fashion.

    Late 1990s Fashion

    Popular clothing items included pleather pants, high-waisted miniskirts, and halter tops. Metallic clothing became more prominent. Cargo pants and other military-inspired clothing also started to become more popular. Preppy looks became widespread among young men as brands such as "Old Navy" and "Abercrombie & Fitch" became more and more popular. The rave scene also inspired the comeback of more colors.
  • The Nintendo 64.

    The Nintendo 64

    The Nintendo 64 was competing with Sony's PlayStation console. Popular games included Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, and Yoshi's Story.
  • The Internet is still a novelty.

    The Internet is still a novelty

    Although the Internet existed, it was still something of a novelty in the late 1990s. Many people had to visit their local library just to "surf the web". Social media wasn't a thing yet, and most sites consisted of gaudy, static web pages.
  • Sony PlayStation.

    Sony PlayStation

    The Sony PlayStation (PS1) was released in September 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
  • CDs have become the dominant music format.

    CDs have become the dominant music format

    By this stage, the CD had become the dominant music format. Consequently, sales of CD players and the "Discman" continued to increase. Meanwhile, people were beginning to replace their cassette players.
  • VCRs are common household items.

    VCRs are common household items

    Everyone was 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.
  • Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style.

    Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, sales of wallpaper started to decline. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, people were beginning to opt for minimalist, painted walls.
  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie

    People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to October 2, 1998.

  • September 4, 1998:
    • The first episode of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" is broadcast on ITV.
    • Google is founded.
  • September 9, 1998: The video game "Spyro the Dragon" is released for the PlayStation 1.
  • September 10, 1998:
    • Spyro the Dragon is released on the PlayStation.
    • Madonna's "Ray of Light" wins Video of the Year at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • September 13, 1998: Spice Girls singer "Mel B" marries Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar.
  • September 14, 1998: The first episode of "The Royle Family" is aired on BBC.
  • September 15, 1998: TQ releases his single "Westside".
  • September 18, 1998: The movie Rush Hour (1998) is released in cinemas.
  • September 20, 1998: Ireland: TV3 begins broadcasting.
  • September 28, 1998: The "Pokémon Red and Blue" games are released for the Game Boy in North America.
  • This date: October 2, 1998
  • October 7, 1998:
    • A gay student called Matthew Shepard is found tied to a fence after being beaten and left for dead in Laramie, Wyoming.
    • The first episode of the witch drama "Charmed" is aired on television.
  • October 8, 1998: Impeachment proceedings are initiated against US President Bill Clinton.
  • October 12, 1998: American student Matthew Shepard passes away after being tortured and left to die in a field in Wyoming. The case receives widespread media attention as it is considered by many to be a hate crime.
  • October 18, 1998: The Nevada State Athletic Commission votes to restore Mike Tyson's boxing license 15 months after it was revoked for his ear bite on Evander Holyfield.
  • October 19, 1998:
    • Cher releases the song "Believe".
    • Wrestling: The Undertaker forms The Ministry of Darkness.
    • George Michael releases his single "Outside".
  • October 21, 1998:
    • The video game "MediEvil" is released on the PlayStation.
    • The stealth game "Metal Gear Solid" is released in North America.
  • October 23, 1998: Britney Spears releases her single "...Baby One More Time".
  • October 25, 1998: The series "The Famous Jett Jackson" premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • October 27, 1998: Rapper Jay-Z releases his single "Hard Knock Life".
  • October 28, 1998: John Terry makes his debut for Chelsea.
  • October 30, 1998: American History X (1998) is released.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 2, 1998, will have the star sign Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • 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: October 2, 1998 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

Late 1990s fashion

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1990s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1998

Television shows that people were watching in October 1998:

TV shows from October 1998.

Will & Grace
Will & Grace
The King of Queens
The King of Queens
The Royle Family
The Royle Family
That '70s Show
That '70s Show
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Celebrity Deathmatch
Celebrity Deathmatch
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Dawson's Creek
Dawson's Creek
Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal
Stargate SG-1
Stargate SG-1
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction

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 October 2, 1998

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

Godzilla: The Series
Godzilla: The Series
Cousin Skeeter
Cousin Skeeter

The Wild Thornberrys
The Wild Thornberrys
That '70s Show
That '70s Show
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!

Popular toys and games in 1998

Toys and games that were popular in 1998:

Groovy Girls
Groovy Girls
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
Car City Carpet
Car City Carpet
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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in October 1998.

Pokémon Red and Blue 1998
Pokémon Red and Blue
Mission Impossible 1998
Mission Impossible
Spyro the Dragon 1998
Spyro the Dragon
Metal Gear Solid 1998
Metal Gear Solid
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 1998
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Soulcalibur 1998
The X-Files Game 1998
The X-Files Game
Gran Turismo 1998
Gran Turismo
StarCraft 1998
World Cup 98 1998
World Cup 98
1080° Snowboarding 1998
1080° Snowboarding
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins 1998
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins

Were you born on October 2, 1998?

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 of their early childhood.

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

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

Activist Deceased
Born on October 2, 1869
He was not alive on this date.

Johnnie Cochran

Johnnie Cochran

American lawyer Deceased
Born on October 2, 1937
He turned 61 on this day in 1998.



Born on October 2, 1951
He turned 47 on this day in 1998.

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Born on October 2, 1954
She turned 44 on this day in 1998.



Wrestler Deceased
Born on October 2, 1966
He turned 32 on this day in 1998.



Rapper Deceased
Born on October 2, 1973
He turned 25 on this day in 1998.

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock

British politician
Born on October 2, 1978
He turned 20 on this day in 1998.

Huda Kattan

Huda Kattan

Makeup artist
Born on October 2, 1983
She turned 15 on this day in 1998.


US President

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


UK Prime Minister

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 2, 1998 was most likely conceived around January 9, 1998.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 2, 1998 is close to June 25, 1999.

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Stats for October 2, 1998


Here are some interesting statistics about October 2, 1998:

  • 9,416 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,345 weeks have passed.
  • 813,542,400 seconds have passed since October 2, 1998.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 949,132,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 419,787,878,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 135,590,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 69,964,646 steps. That's roughly 31,095 miles.
  • 9,762,509 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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