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It was 20 Years Ago: What Life in 1998 Was Like

Written by Emily Rokke

Can you believe 1998 was already 20 years ago? What do you remember about 1998? Here’s a fun look back on the year.

Life in 1998: TV Shows


Two of a Kind

That 70’s Show


Dawson’s Creek

Will & Grace


The King of Queens



Sex and the City


 Life in 1998: Movies

Saving Private Ryan

The Truman Show


There’s Something About Mary

Deep Impact

The Faculty

American History X

The Parent Trap

You’ve Got Mail


The Waterboy

The Wedding Singer



 Life in 1998: People Born in 1998

Elle Fanning

Peyton List

Ariel Winter

Jaden Smith

Paris Jackson


 Life in 1998: Population

The US had 275.9 million people in it in 1998. The world? 6 billion.


 Life in 1998: World News

Terrorist bombing attacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam killed 250 people.

An earthquake in Afghanistan kills more than 5,000 people.

Google was founded in the US.

The Winter Olympics were held in Nagano, Japan.

There was a 66-day blackout in Auckland, New Zealand.

Hurricane Mitch hit Central America in late October, killing an estimated 18,000 people.


 Life in 1998: Fun Facts

The top song was Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.

People’s Magazine voted Harrison Ford the Sexiest Man Alive.

The price of Titleist golf balls was $20.00 for 48 golf balls.

A Panasonic Camcorder cost $489.00.

This was the year that Bill Clinton denied sexual allegations with Monica Lewinsky.

Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman were married for 9 days this year.

Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82.

Sonny Bono died at age 62.

MP3s were first created this year.

JetBlue Airways was founded.

Monster.com was founded.

Titanic won the Oscar for Best Film.

The Denver Broncos won the Superbowl and the New York Yankees were the world series champions.


It’s hard to believe the Bill Clinton scandal was 20 years ago already, that story was everywhere! And Titanic was voted the best movie? Yes! What was your favorite part of 1998?





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