December 31st, 1998, was a Thursday. It was day 365 of 1998. The decade was the 1990s.
22 years, 9 months and 25 days have passed since December 31st, 1998.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 31st, 1998.
The movie "Patch Adams" was at the top of the box office on December 31st, 1998.
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 December 31st, 1998.
During this time, the Game Boy Color was the go-to handheld device for gamers. Popular games included Wario Land 3, Donkey Kong Country and the various Pokémon releases.
The Furby craze began when Tiger Electronics released its talking hamster-like robot. During the holiday season of 1998, 1.8 million units were sold, as the toy was considered a must-have for Christmas.
Hideo Kojima's stealth game "Metal Gear Solid" was released on the PS1 in September, 1998. The game received critical acclaim, with many reviewers considering it to be one of the best games ever made.
During this time, the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton was taking place. Clinton stood accused of lying under oath and obstruction of justice. The impeachment proceedings were initiated on October 8th, 1998. They formally began on December 19th, 1998. On February 12th, 1999, Clinton was acquitted on both counts.
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.
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.
"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion went on to win a Grammy for 1998's Record of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During this period, landline phones were still popular. However, they would soon start to decline due to the rise of mobile phones.
American model and television host Jenny McCarthy was listed as FHM's sexiest model 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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1998.
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.
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.
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 (PS1) was released in September of 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
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.
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.
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.
During the 1990s, an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" was in fashion.
Basic facts and information about this date.
Notable events that occurred around December 31st, 1998.
Zodiac & Birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching on this date.
TV show about a grumpy doctor called Dr. John Becker.
TV series about a group of sisters that are witches.
Will & Grace
The King of Queens
Comedy TV show starring Kevin James.
The Royle Family
British sitcom about a Manchester family called the Royles.
That '70s Show
Comedy TV show about a group of friends living in the 1970s.
Sex and the City
A group of friends "explore" Manhattan's dating scene.
Claymated stop-motion parody series that aired on MTV.
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
TV show about two graduate students called Berg and Pete.
American teen drama.
TV show about an attorney called Ally McBeal. Starring Calista Flockhart.
A military team of scientists and soldiers travel to different planets in the universe.
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.
Everybody Loves Raymond
TV show about a sports write called Raymond Barone.
Family drama series.
3rd Rock from the Sun
Show about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth.
TV series about the military's Judge Advocate General division.
Xena: Warrior Princess
TV series about a warrior princess who travels around fighting bad guys.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Star Trek: Voyager
Kathryn Janeway is the captain of a starship that is lost in space and must find its way back home.
Sitcom about a group of friends living in New York City.
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1998.
Bob the Builder
The Powerpuff Girls
Godzilla: The Series
The Wild Thornberrys
That '70s Show
Bear in the Big Blue House
Men in Black: The Series
Cow And Chicken
The Angry Beavers
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Kenan & Kel
In the House
Boy Meets World
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Beverly Hills, 90210
Round the Twist
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1998.
The Game Boy Color
Betty Spaghetty (doll)
Gogo's Crazy Bones
Spice Girls dolls
The Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Nintendo 64
The PlayStation (PS1)
Styrofoam plane gliders
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Littlest Pet Shop
Super Soaker (water gun)
Popular video games that people were playing on this date.
Fantasy role-playing video game.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Released for the Nintendo 64.
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
Released for the Sony PlayStation.
Sci-fi first person shooter game developed by Valve Corporation.
Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Third game in the Crash Bandicoot series.
Pokémon Red and Blue
Game Boy game.
Based on the 1996 film of the same name. Released for the Nintendo 64 and the PlayStation.
Spyro the Dragon
Platform video game.
Metal Gear Solid
Stealth game that was released on the PlayStation. Starring Solid Snake.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Tactical shooter game.
Fighting game that was released for the Sega Dreamcast.
Racing video game that was released for the Sony PlayStation.
World Cup 98
Soccer game developed by EA Sports.
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.
Diddy Kong Racing
Racing game that was released for the Nintendo 64.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Developed by Naughty Dog for the Sony PlayStation.
Age of Empires
History-based RTS game by Ensemble Studios.
PaRappa the Rapper
Rhythm game developed for the Sony PlayStation.
A nostalgic video that emulates what television was like back in 1998.
Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 31st.
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of December.
Historical weather information for December 31st, 1998.
Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on December 31st, 1998.
Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 1998.
Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
Conception estimates for this date.
Here are some fun statistics about December 31st, 1998.
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