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How many years ago was 1998?

1998 was 26 years ago.

26 years have passed between April 16th, 1998, and April 16th, 2024. It was 9,497 days ago.

How long ago was 1998?

To put into perspective how long ago 1998 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1998 are now 39–45 years old.
  • Two decades have passed since then.
  • There was no such thing as social media
  • People were still listening to music on portable cassette players called Walkmans.
  • Cellphones did not have cameras.
  • Although DVD players existed, most people were still buying VCRs.
  • CDs were relatively new at the time.
  • Same-sex marriage wasn't legal in the United States.
  • Motorists had to rely on printed maps and directions to get to places, as GPS navigation systems for vehicles did not become available until 2001.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 39 inches since 1998.
  • There have been roughly 1,352 weekends since then.
  • Names such as Eminem, Coldplay, Vladimir Putin, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Christina Aguilera, Linkin Park, Pink, and SpongeBob SquarePants were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Candle In The Wind 1997" by Elton John, "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden, "Together Again" by Janet Jackson, "Nice And Slow" by Usher, "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, and "Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It" by Will Smith.
  • Films such as "Titanic", "Lost in Space", "City of Angels", "Big Hit", "He Got Game", and "Deep Impact" were playing at movie theaters in 1998.
  • Bill Clinton was still the President of the United States.
  • The Earth has travelled 117 billion miles through space since 1998.
  • Wi-Fi wasn't a thing. Most people still had dial-up Internet access.
  • Floppy disks were still being used.
  • Wikipedia did not exist.
  • The Nokia 3210 was the most popular mobile phone on the market.
  • Video games such as "Half-Life", "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time", "StarCraft", "Metal Gear Solid", "Resident Evil 2", and "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six" were released that year.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 65 centimeters since 1998.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 52–78 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 104 seasons of weather.
  • Michael Jordan was still playing for the Chicago Bulls.
  • The WWE was known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
  • Computer mouses had trackballs. Optical mice were not popular.
  • USB flash drives didn't exist.
  • "That '70s Show", "Dawson's Creek", "The King of Queens", "Will & Grace", "Becker", and "Charmed" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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