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1998 Fun Facts and Trivia

Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

This article teaches you fun facts and trivia from the year 1998.

This article teaches you fun facts and trivia from the year 1998.

A Quick Look Back at 1998

What are some fun facts and trivia from the year 1998?

  1. President Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) into law, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was formed.
  2. John Glenn—at age 77—became “the oldest man to fly in space by serving as a payload specialist on STS-95 aboard the space shuttle Discovery.”
  3. The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states filed an antitrust case against Microsoft alleging that they had a monopoly on the software market.
  4. Mercedes-Benz bought Chrysler, Exxon bought Mobil, British Petroleum bought Amoco, and AOL acquired CompuServe.
  5. The Good Friday Agreement for Northern Ireland was signed by the British and Irish governments.
  6. Tony Blair became the first prime minister of the UK to address the Republic of Ireland's Parliament.
  7. The Internet properties DMOZ, ICANN, Lending Tree, Yahoo! Auctions, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Messenger, and Yahoo! Movies were all launched.
  8. In the year 1998, Internet blogs appeared for the first time, and popular tech terms were “AOL dial-up” and “reboot.”
  9. Google’s first “Google Doodle” appeared on their web page.
  10. The first MP3 player was released in Japan.
  11. Michael and Emily were popular baby names, flank steak and molten chocolate cake were crowd-pleasers, and bucket hats and blue eyeshadow were all the rage.
  12. The TV sitcom Sex and the City premiered, and the final two-part episode of Seinfeld aired to 76.3 million viewers. Rob Frydlewicz tells us that "This episode of Seinfeld delivered a 41.3 household rating/58 share, making it the second highest rated show of the season (behind the Super Bowl). A powerhouse performance for sure, but it was 9% below the last episode of Cheers five years earlier."
  13. Titanic won an Oscar for Best Picture, The Practice (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and Sunny Came Home won a Grammy for Record of the Year.
  14. The Broadway musical Grease closed after 1,503 performances.
  15. Back in the year 1998, the minimum wage was $5.15, the median household income was $38,568.00, and the retail price for a new car averaged $17,200.00.
  16. The average price for a gallon of gas was $1.06.
  17. A General Electric air conditioner cost $319.00, a GE dishwasher was $469.00, and a Whirlpool washing machine cost $249.00.
  18. A gallon of milk cost $3.16, a loaf of bread was $1.26, and a dozen eggs were 88 cents.
  19. The Denver Broncos were the Super Bowl champs, the New York Yankees won the World Series, and the Detroit Red Wings clinched the Stanley Cup.
  20. Baseball left fielder Rickey Henderson rejoined the Oakland Athletics for the fourth time.

Here are the five most popular TV shows from 1998-99:

  1. ER (NBC)
  2. Friends (NBC)
  3. Frasier (NBC)
  4. Monday Night Football (ABC)
  5. Veronica's Closet (NBC)

(These trivia facts from the American television industry have been made available courtesy of the Nielsen Norman Group.)

Here are ten cool food and beverage trends for the year:

  1. Cosmopolitan - Made popular by Sarah Jessica Parker and Sex and the City, a cosmopolitan is a cocktail that combines vodka, triple sec, cranberry, and lime juice.
  2. Crystal Pepsi
  3. Ellio’s Pizza
  4. Flank steak
  5. Garlic
  6. Jawbreakers
  7. Linden's Cookies
  8. Pillsbury Toaster Strudel
  9. Pineapple pizza
  10. Red Bull Energy Drink - A caffeinated soft drink that came to the USA from Europe in 1997.

This article teaches you fun facts and trivia from the year 1998. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, foods, sports facts, and other cool pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1990s-themed trivia quiz.

Here are three trivia facts from the 1998 grocery industry: Broccoli cost 99 cents for a large bunch, eggs were 99 cents a dozen, and Coca-Cola was 89 cents for a two-liter bottle.

Here are three trivia facts from the 1998 grocery industry: Broccoli cost 99 cents for a large bunch, eggs were 99 cents a dozen, and Coca-Cola was 89 cents for a two-liter bottle.

Table of Contents

For easier reading, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1998
  2. History Facts From the USA
  3. International News
  4. Sports Trivia
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Computer and Internet History
  7. Most Popular Websites
  8. Nobel Prize Winners
  9. Most Popular Television Shows From 1998-99
  10. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books
  11. Highest-Grossing Films
  12. Horror Movies From 1998
  13. 70th Annual Academy Awards
  14. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  15. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  16. Number One Music Hits for the Year
  17. 40th Annual Grammy Awards
  18. Popular Video Games
  19. Food and Beverage Trivia
  20. Weddings and Divorces
  21. Famous People Who Died in 1998
  22. America’s Largest Corporations
  23. Internet Companies Established
In 1998, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

In 1998, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1998

These grocery facts have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Arugula (fresh): 79 cents a package
  2. Beef (ground sirloin): $1.79 a pound
  3. Beef (sirloin steak, boneless): $2.89 a pound
  4. Broccoli: 99 cents for a large bunch
  5. Cantaloupe: 99 cents each
  6. Cheese (Alpine Lace): $4.99 a pound
  7. Chicken: $1.29 a pound
  8. Cucumbers (Jersey fresh): Four for 99 cents
  9. Eggplant (Jersey fresh): 99 cents a pound
  10. Eggs: 99 cents a dozen
  11. Fish (Tilapia filet, fresh): $6.99 a pound
  12. Ham steak: $2.59 a pound
  13. Mangoes: Two for 99 cents
  14. Milk (nonfat): $2.29 a gallon
  15. Nectarines: 79 cents a pound
  16. Peaches: 79 cents a pound
  17. Soda (Coca-Cola): 89 cents for a two-liter bottle
  18. Tomatoes (beefsteak): 99 cents a pound
In 1998, you could buy a large bunch of broccoli for 99 cents.

In 1998, you could buy a large bunch of broccoli for 99 cents.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 1998, Bill Clinton was President of the United States and Al Gore was Vice-President.
  2. Because of advancements in medicine, people born in 1998 have a better chance of living in three different centuries than any other group of humans in history.
  3. Unemployment averaged 4.5%. According to BLS.gov, “The national unemployment rate reached its lowest point since 1969, and 13 states posted their lowest annual average rates since the beginning of their series (usually the mid-1970s)--Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.” Conversely, the states with the highest unemployment rates were West Virginia (6.6%), Hawaii (6.2%), and New Mexico (6.2%).
  4. The rate of inflation was 1.56%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, “Purchasing power decreased by 1.56% in 1998 compared to the previous year, 1997. On average, you would have to spend 1.56% more money in 1998 than in 1997 for the same item. In other words, $1 in 1997 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.02 in 1998.”
  5. In 1998, a gallon of milk cost $3.16, a loaf of bread was $1.26, a dozen eggs were 88 cents, one pound of bacon was $2.53, and bananas were about 50 cents a pound.
  6. Here were the sticker prices for three best-selling 1998 cars: a Ford Taurus cost $15,988.00, a Honda Civic LX was $16,345.00, and a Toyota Camry LE cost $15,995.00.
  7. In 1998, the prime rate was 7.75%, one ounce of gold was $288.00, and the average price for a gallon of gas was $1.06.
  8. The federal minimum wage was $5.15, the median household income was $38,568.00, and the average price of a new car was $17,200.00.
  9. In January 1998, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $148,000 while the average price was $178,600. Comparatively, in January 2018, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $329,600 while the average price was $377,800.
  10. On January 1, California became the first state in the U.S. to ban indoor smoking in bars, restaurants, and casinos.
  11. On January 7, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky “signed an affidavit denying that she had an affair with President Bill Clinton.”
  12. On January 15, NASA announced that 76-year-old John Glenn might fly in space again.
  13. On February 6, Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.
  14. On February 10, AOL raised the monthly service charge for Internet access from $19.95 to $21.95.
  15. On May 7, Mercedes-Benz bought Chrysler for $40 billion and formed DaimlerChrysler. At the time, it was the largest industrial merger in history.
  16. On May 18, the United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states filed an antitrust case against Microsoft alleging that they had a monopoly on the software market.
  17. On June 5, a seven-week strike began at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan that quickly spread to five other assembly plants.
  18. On August 12, British Petroleum announced that it would purchase American oil giant Amoco for $48.2 billion in stock.
  19. On August 17, President Clinton admitted in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with Monica Lewinsky. He also admitted that he had misled the American people about the relationship.
  20. On October 29, John Glenn, at age 77, became “the oldest man to fly in space by serving as a payload specialist on STS-95 aboard the space shuttle Discovery.”
  21. On December 1, the world’s biggest oil company, ExxonMobil, was established after Exxon bought Mobil for $73.7 billion.
  22. In 1998, Walmart launched its Wal-Mart Television Network, “a vast, in-store advertising network showing commercials for products sold in the stores.”

3. International News

  1. On January 21, Pope John Paul II visited Cuba and condemned the U.S. embargo against the country.
  2. On January 25, Britain's Queen Elizabeth received an emergency hip replacement.
  3. On February 3, stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, went on sale in Great Britain.
  4. On February 4, Bill Gates was hit in the face with a cream pie while visiting Brussels, Belgium.
  5. On February 7, the 18th Winter Olympics opened in Nagano, Japan. According to the Japanese Olympic Committee, “A total of 2,176 athletes (1,389 men and 787 women) from 72 countries and regions took part in 68 events in seven sports, including, for the first time, snowboarding and curling.” The games closed on February 22.
  6. On February 24, singer, pianist, and composer Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  7. On April 10, the Good Friday or Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland was signed by the British and Irish governments. The Agreement brought an end to 30 years of “sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland” known as “The Troubles.” BBC.com confirms that the agreement “was ratified in a referendum on both sides of the Irish border in May 1998 and set up a power-sharing assembly to govern Northern Ireland by cross-community consent.”
  8. On July 6, Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok opened for business.
  9. On November 9, capital punishment in the UK--already abolished for murder--was completely abolished “for all remaining capital offences.”
  10. On November 26, Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the UK to address the Republic of Ireland's Parliament.
In 1998, “Washington was about to explode” over the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.

In 1998, “Washington was about to explode” over the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.

4. Sports Trivia

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us. Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia quiz.

  1. World Series Champions: New York Yankees
  2. Super Bowl Champs: Denver Broncos
  3. NBA Champions: Chicago Bulls
  4. Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
  5. NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
  6. NCAA Football Champs: Tennessee
  7. U.S. Open Golf: Lee Janzen
  8. U.S. Tennis (men/women): Patrick Rafter/Lindsay Davenport
  9. Wimbledon (men/women): Pete Sampras/Jana Novotna
  10. Kentucky Derby: Real Quiet
  11. World Cup (soccer): France

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

PBS.org explains that pop culture is that loose blend of books, music, fashion and other daily ephemera that contributes to the identity of a society at a particular point in time. In the 1990s, radio, film, television, books, and the internet defined the essence of American pop culture.

  1. In 1998, popular baby names were Jacob, Michael, Matthew, Joshua, Emily, Hannah, Samantha, and Ashley.
  2. The average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 76.58 years.
  3. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $1,292,000.
  4. Fashion trends for women in 1998 included bucket hats, chokers, wedge sandals, and blue eyeshadow. For men, black shirts, black ties, black suits, black leather reefer jackets, and trenchcoats were all the rage.
  5. Back in 1998, a General Electric air conditioner cost $319.00, a GE dishwasher was $469.00, and a GE refrigerator cost $319.00. A Whirlpool washing machine cost $249.00, a Hoover upright vacuum was $69.99, and a Kitchenaid gas range cost $399.00.
  6. A portable CD player cost $34.99, a Panasonic camcorder was $489.00, and a Panasonic 27” television cost $329.00. Four dozen Titleist golf balls were $20.00, a 20-piece bucket of sidewalk chalk cost $1.77, and a Fuji 35mm camera was $27.99.
  7. On January 14, the 100th episode of the TV series Ellen aired.
  8. On January 22, baseball left fielder Rickey Henderson rejoined the Oakland Athletics for the fourth time.
  9. On January 25, the Broadway musical Grease closed after 1,503 performances.
  10. On February 11, the lyrics to Elton John’s Candle in the Wind 1997 were auctioned for $442,500. The proceeds went to charity.
  11. On February 27, General Hospital was named the “Favorite Show” at the 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards.
  12. On February 23, the Howard Stern Radio Show premiered in Charleston, South Carolina.
  13. On April 22, Disney's Animal Kingdom, a “zoological theme park,” opened at Walt Disney World in Florida. Covering 580 acres, it is the largest theme park in the world.
  14. On May 14, the final two-part episode of Seinfeld aired to 76.3 million viewers. Rob Frydlewicz tells us that "This episode of Seinfeld telecast delivered a 41.3 household rating/58 share, making it the second highest rated show of the season (behind the Super Bowl). A powerhouse performance for sure, but it was 9% below the last episode of Cheers five years earlier."
  15. On June 6, the TV sitcom Sex and the City premiered on HBO. The show starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon. History.com explains that "The show’s creator, Darren Star, was best known at the time for producing the long-running Fox TV series Beverly Hills, 90210, and its spin-off, Melrose Place. For Sex and the City, Star switched coasts, loosely adapting a book by the same name by Candace Bushnell, compiled from a number of her columns for The New York Observer."
  16. On July 24, the movie Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, and Matt Damon, was released. The film later won five Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing.
  17. On September 13, the 50th Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The Practice (ABC) was named Outstanding Drama Series, Frasier (NBC) was named Outstanding Comedy Series, and the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) was named Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series.
  18. On November 3, the movie Shakespeare in Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, premiered in New York. The film later won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.
In 1998, the final two-part episode of “Seinfeld” aired to 76.3 million viewers.

In 1998, the final two-part episode of “Seinfeld” aired to 76.3 million viewers.

6. Computer and Internet History

These fun facts and trivia from 1998 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In 1998, there was no Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. By the same token, there was no Reddit, Tumblr, WhatsApp, Quora, or LinkedIn. Although Google was founded in 1998, there were no Google Maps, Google Books, or Google Goggles. Likewise, iPhones, camera phones, iPods, Blu-ray discs, Amazon Kindle, Skype, Gmail, Wikipedia, and iTunes did not exist yet.
  2. Here is a partial list of Internet properties that were established in 1998: The Daily Howler, ClickBank, DMOZ, eBid, Google, HowStuffWorks, Imagine Radio, Legacy.com, the LendingTree, News24, PayPal, Pets.com, Shopping.com, Speedy Click, Traffic.com, WebMoney, Yahoo! Auctions, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Messenger, and Yahoo! Movies.
  3. In 1998, Internet blogging became more accessible to the average netizen. TheMeIsle.com tells us that many of the earlier blogs “were created by programmers and focused on highly technical subjects, but in 1998 Jonathan Dube became the first journalist to blog an event. His blog chronicled Hurricane Bonnie for The Charlotte Observer.” They add that “1998 also saw the creation of Open Diary, a blogging platform that allowed members of the community to comment on each other’s writing. This was the first of many tools that made blogging accessible to regular people, regardless of their programming experience.”
  4. Internet acronyms included A/S/L (age/sex/location), DOS (disk-operating system), ICQ (“I seek you.”), IRC (Internet relay chat), and TTFN (ta-ta for now).
  5. Popular tech terms were AOL dial-up, defragging, information superhighway, netizen, palmtop, publify, reboot, and screensaver.
  6. Back in 1998, Microsoft released Windows 98, FrontPage 98, and the 6.0 version of Visual Basic. Microsoft also announced that “future releases of Windows NT would no longer have the initials of NT and that the next edition would be Windows 2000.”
  7. In 1998, Sony released the high-capacity floppy disk.
  8. In the spring of 1998, MPMan, the first MP3 player, was released in Japan.
  9. In May, Adobe Photoshop 5.0 was released.
  10. On May 18, the United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states filed an antitrust case against Microsoft alleging that they had a monopoly on the software market.
  11. On July 14, ComputerHope.com went online.
  12. In August, Apple introduced the iMac.
  13. On August 20, the first “Google Doodle” appeared on their web page to celebrate “burning man.” ComputerHope.com explains that a Google Doodle “refers to an artistic expression of Google's logo on its search engine homepage. Google often creates a Google Doodle to commemorate a noteworthy figure's birthday, a holiday, an anniversary, or another significant event. A Google Doodle is often comprised of a conglomeration of pictures, animation, and the Google logo. Some Google Doodles are even interactive and contain videos.”
  14. In September, Internet Explorer surpassed Netscape in Internet browser market share for the first time.
  15. In September, PayPal, one of the most widely used payment services in the world, was launched. The company was founded by Max Levchin, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, and Ken Howery. Max Levchin described PayPal as “a security focused company which allowed users to store encrypted information on Palm Pilots and other PDA devices, enabling their handheld devices to become digital wallets.” In October 1999, PayPal was launched to the public, allowing anyone with a valid email address to send or receive money.
  16. On September 4, Google filed for incorporation in California. Shortly after, its founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin set up corporate headquarters in Susan Wojcicki's garage in Menlo Park, California. Wired.com tells us that “Google's search engine was already getting 10,000 queries a day while still in beta. The following year, Google moved into a real office in Palo Alto, saw its staff explode to eight employees, and by late 1999 was answering 500,000 queries per day. That arc has pretty much continued to this day.”
  17. On September 18, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was formed. According to their website, ICANN “is a global multi-stakeholder organization that was created by the U.S. government and its Department of Commerce. It coordinates the Internet DNS, IP addresses and autonomous system numbers, which involves a continued management of these evolving systems and the protocols that underlie them.”
  18. On September 30, Amazon.com went offline for ten hours for routine maintenance.
  19. On October 19, Ask.com went online. BusinessIdeasLab.com explains that "Ask.com was launched as 'Ask Jeeves,' a partnership between entrepreneur David Warthen and venture capitalist Garrett Gruener. The idea was to form a search engine that spurred the users on to ask questions in their natural language rather than keywords. The character of Jeeves was a butler who was based on the popular character from the Jeeves & Wooster books. In 2006 the character was ‘retired’ and the website became known as Ask.com."
  20. On October 28, President Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) into law. According to Margaret Rouse, “The intent behind [the] DMCA was to create an updated version of copyright laws to deal with the special challenges of regulating digital material.”

    Copyrighted.com adds that "The most common challenge many creators face these days is a copyright issue. Back in the previous non-Internet century artists didn’t face copyright issues as frequently as it wasn't so easy to steal and spread around someone else's work. But with the boom of the internet and digital world, there is a surge in copyright issues faced by artists, writers, authors and photographers who publish their work online and then find it on non-authorized websites."

7. Most Popular Websites

These Internet history facts have been made available courtesy of TheMarySue.com.

  1. AOL.com
  2. Yahoo.com
  3. GeoCities.com
  4. MSN.com
  5. Netscape.com
  6. Excite.com
  7. Lycos.com
  8. Microsoft.com
  9. BlueMountainArts.com
  10. InfoSeek.com
In 1998, the film “Titanic” won an Oscar for Best Picture.

In 1998, the film “Titanic” won an Oscar for Best Picture.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

This Nobel Prize news has been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  1. Peace: John Hume and David Trimble (both from Northern Ireland), whose efforts made Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace accord possible in 1998 and which have led to political progress in a deep-rooted conflict. InfoPlease.com tells us that “Hume is the leader of the Catholic Social Democratic and Labor Party, and Trimble heads the predominant Protestant Ulster Unionist Party.”
  2. Literature: José Saramago (Portugal), who, “with parables sustained by imagination, compassion, and irony, continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality.”
  3. Physics: Robert B. Laughlin (U.S.), Horst L. Störmer (Germany), and Daniel C. Tsui (U.S.), “for their discovery of a new form of quantum fluid with fractionally charged excitations.”
  4. Chemistry: Walter Kohn (U.S.) and John A. Pople (U.K.), “for their developments in the study of the properties of molecules and the chemical processes in which they are involved.
  5. Medicine: Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro, and Ferid Murad (all from the U.S.), “for discovering that nitric oxide acts as a signal in the cardiovascular system.”
  6. Economics: Amartya Sen (India), “for his contributions to welfare economics.”

9. Most Popular Television Shows From 1998-99

This TV trivia from 1998-99 has been made available courtesy of FBibler.Chez.com. Please note that the rankings are from adults 18-49.

  1. ER (NBC)
  2. Friends (NBC)
  3. Frasier (NBC)
  4. Monday Night Football (ABC)
  5. Veronica's Closet (NBC)
  6. Jesse (NBC)
  7. 60 Minutes (CBS)
  8. Touched by an Angel (CBS)
  9. CBS Sunday Night Movie (CBS)
  10. Home Improvement (ABC)

10. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books

These facts have been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

  1. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
  2. Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
  3. Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  4. A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
  5. Mirror Image by Danielle Steel
  6. The Long Road Home by Danielle Steel
  7. The Klone and I by Danielle Steel
  8. Point of Origin by Patricia Cornwell
  9. Paradise by Toni Morrison
  10. All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark

Nonfiction:

  1. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman
  2. The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
  3. Sugar Busters! by H. Leighton Steward, Morrison C. Bethea, Sam S. Andrews and Luis A. Balart
  4. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  5. Guinness Book of World Records 1999
  6. Talking to Heaven by James Van Praagh
  7. Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self by Sarah Ban Breathnach
  8. In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant
  9. A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett
  10. If Life Is a Game These Are the Rules by Cherie Carter-Scott
In 1998, the TV sitcom "Sex and the City" premiered.

In 1998, the TV sitcom "Sex and the City" premiered.

11. Highest-Grossing Films

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. The Big Lebowski
  2. Saving Private Ryan
  3. The Parent Trap
  4. American History X
  5. The Truman Show
  6. Armageddon
  7. Wild Things
  8. The Thin Red Line
  9. Hope Floats
  10. Mulan

12. Horror Movies From 1998

Horror films from 1998 included Apt Pupil, Bride of Chucky, Carnival of Souls, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, The Clown at Midnight, Club Vampire, Deep Rising, Die Hard Dracula, Dream House, The Faculty, Fantom Killer, Frankenstein Reborn!, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Hollywood Mortuary, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, I've Been Waiting for You, The Killer Eye, Knocking on Death's Door, and The Last Broadcast.

In 1998, flank steak was a real crowd-pleaser.

In 1998, flank steak was a real crowd-pleaser.

13. 70th Annual Academy Awards

These film facts have been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Best Picture: Titanic
  2. Best Director: James Cameron (Titanic)
  3. Best Actor: Jack Nicholson (As Good as It Gets)
  4. Best Actress: Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets)
  5. Best Supporting Actor: Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting)
  6. Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential)
  7. Best Original Screenplay: Good Will Hunting
  8. Best Adapted Screenplay: L.A. Confidential
  9. Best Editing: Titanic
  10. Best Cinematography: Titanic
  11. Best Art Direction: Titanic
  12. Best Costume Design: Titanic
  13. Best Makeup: Men in Black
  14. Best Visual Effects: Titanic
  15. Best Sound: Titanic
  16. Best Sound Effects Editing: Titanic
  17. Best Original Dramatic Score: Titanic
  18. Best Original Musical or Comedy Score: The Full Monty
  19. Best Original Song: My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
  20. Best Live Action Short Film: Visas and Virtue
  21. Best Foreign Language Picture: Karakter (Netherlands)
  22. Best Documentary Feature: The Long Way Home
  23. Best Documentary Short Subject: A Story of Healing
  24. Best Animated Short Film: Geri’s Game

14. Entries Into the National Film Registry

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of the Library of Congress.

  1. 42nd Street (1933)
  2. Dead Birds (1964)
  3. Don’t Look Back (1967)
  4. Easy Rider (1969)
  5. From the Manger to the Cross (1912)
  6. Gun Crazy aka Deadly Is the Female (1949)
  7. Little Miss Marker (1934)
  8. Modesta (1956)
  9. Pass the Gravy (1928)
  10. Powers of Ten (1978)
  11. Sky High (1922)
  12. Steamboat Willie (1928)
  13. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940)
  14. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  15. The City (1939)
  16. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
  17. The Immigrant (1917)
  18. The Last Picture Show (1971)
  19. The Lost World (1925)
  20. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
  21. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  22. The Public Enemy (1931)
  23. Tootsie (1982)
  24. Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
  25. Westinghouse Works (1904)

15. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 1998 have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Aaliyah, Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Blackstreet, Brandy, Brian McKnight, Celine Dion, Destiny's Child, Dixie Chicks, Goo Goo Dolls, Janet Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Lauryn Hill, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Matchbox Twenty, Montell Jordan, Next, Puff Daddy, R. Kelly, Redman, Savage Garden, Shania Twain, Spice Girls, Usher, and Will Smith.

16. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This information has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com. Generally suitable for all age groups, music trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  • October 11, 1997 - January 16, 1998: Elton John, Candle in the Wind '97
  • January 17 - January 30: Savage Garden, Truly Madly Deeply
  • January 31 - February 13: Janet Jackson, Together Again
  • February 14 - February 27: Usher, Nice And Slow
  • February 28 - March 13: Céline Dion, My Heart Will Go On
  • March 14 - April 3: Will Smith, Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
  • April 4 - April 24: K-Ci & JoJo, All My Life
  • April 25 - May 22: Next, Too Close
  • May 23 - June 5: Mariah Carey, My All
  • June 6 - September 4: Brandy & Monica, The Boy Is Mine
  • September 5 - October 2: Aerosmith, I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
  • October 3 - October 16: Monica, The First Night
  • October 17 - November 13: Barenaked Ladies, One Week
  • November 14 - November 27: Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop (That Thing)
  • November 28 - December 4: Divine, Lately
  • December 5, 1998 - January 15, 1999: R. Kelly & Céline Dion, I'm Your Angel
In 1998, the TV sitcom “Sex in the City” premiered on HBO.

In 1998, the TV sitcom “Sex in the City” premiered on HBO.

17. 40th Annual Grammy Awards

This music news from 1998 has been made available courtesy of Grammy.com.

  1. Record of the Year: Sunny Came Home
  2. Song of the Year: Sunny Came Home
  3. Album of the Year: Time Out of Mind
  4. Best New Artist: Paula Cole
  5. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Building A Mystery
  6. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Candle In The Wind 1997
  7. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Virtual Insanity
  8. Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: Don't Look Back
  9. Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Last Dance
  10. Best Dance Recording: Carry On
  11. Best Pop Album: Hourglass
  12. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance: Tony Bennett On Holiday
  13. Best Female Rock Vocal Performance: Criminal
  14. Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Cold Irons Bound
  15. Best Hard Rock Performance: The End Is The Beginning Is The End
  16. Best Metal Performance: Aenema
  17. Best Rock Song: One Headlight
  18. Best Rock Album: Blue Moon Swamp
  19. Best Alternative Music Performance: Ok Computer
  20. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: On & On
  21. Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: I Believe I Can Fly
  22. Best Rhythm & Blues Song: I Believe I Can Fly
  23. Best R&B Album: Baduizm
  24. Best Rap Solo Performance: Men In Black
  25. Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: I'll Be Missing You
  26. Best Rap Album: No Way Out
  27. Best Female Country Solo Performance: How Do I Live
  28. Best Male Country Solo Performance: Pretty Little Adriana
  29. Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Looking In The Eyes Of Love
  30. Best Country Song: Butterfly Kisses
  31. Best Country Album: Unchained
  32. Best Bluegrass Album: So Long So Wrong
  33. Best New Age Album: Oracle
  34. Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: Into The Sun
  35. Best Jazz Vocal Performance: Dear Ella
  36. Best Jazz Instrumental Solo: Stardust
  37. Best Latin Jazz Performance: Habana
  38. Best Latin Pop Performance: Romances
  39. Best Traditional Blues Album: Don’t Look Back
  40. Best World Music Album: Nascimento
  41. Best Polka Album: Living On Polka Time
  42. Best Musical Album for Children: All Aboard!
  43. Best Spoken Word Album for Children: Winnie-The-Pooh
  44. Best Spoken Word Album: Charles Kuralt's Spring
  45. Best Spoken Comedy Album: Roll With The New
  46. Best Musical Show Album: Chicago - The Musical
  47. Best Instrumental Composition: Aung San Suu Kyi
  48. Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television: The English Patient
  49. Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television: I Believe I Can Fly (From Space Jam)
  50. Best Instrumental Arrangement: Straight, No Chaser

18. Popular Video Games

Favorite video games in 1998 included A Bug’s Life, Metal Gear Solid, Mission: Impossible, Rainbow Six, Resident Evil 2, Small Soldiers, Small Soldiers: Squad Commander, Sonic Adventure, South Park, StarCraft, The Fifth Element, Apocalypse, Baldur’s Gate, Banjo-Kazooie, Blasto, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Dune 2000, Fallout 2: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game, Grim Fandango, Half-Life, and Jurassic Park: Trespasser.

In 1998, a cosmopolitan or cosmo was a favorite cocktail from New York to San Francisco.

In 1998, a cosmopolitan or cosmo was a favorite cocktail from New York to San Francisco.

19. Food and Beverage Trivia

Here are some foods and beverages that were popular in 1998:

  1. Betty Crocker Dunk-a-roos (snack food)
  2. Betty Crocker Scooby Doo Snacks
  3. Cosmopolitan - Made popular by Sarah Jessica Parker and Sex and the City, a cosmopolitan is a cocktail that combines vodka, triple sec, cranberry, and lime juice.
  4. Creme brûlée
  5. Crystal Pepsi
  6. Doritos’ casseroles
  7. Ellio’s Pizza
  8. Fla-Vor-Ice (A freezie that was “sold in and eaten out of a plastic tube.”)
  9. Flank steak
  10. Funfetti
  11. Garlic
  12. Garlic soup
  13. General Mills Dippin' Dots Cereal
  14. General Mills French Toast Crunch Cereal
  15. Gushers (fruit candy snacks)
  16. Heinz E-Zee Squirt Green Ketchup.
  17. Jawbreakers
  18. Jell-O Pudding Bites
  19. Jell-O cakes
  20. Keebler Fudge Stripes
  21. Linden's Cookies
  22. Lunchables
  23. Molten chocolate cake - Paula Kashtan tells us that “Known for its warm, runny center, this dessert started popping up on restaurant menus all over the country throughout the '90s.”
  24. Nabisco Handi-Snacks
  25. Nestle Wonder Balls
  26. Ouch! Gum
  27. Pillsbury Toaster Strudel
  28. Pineapple pizza
  29. Pizza rolls
  30. Potato Stix
  31. Quaker Dinosaur Eggs Oatmeal
  32. Red Bull Energy Drink - A caffeinated soft drink that came to the USA from Europe in 1997.
  33. Rice Krispies Treats Cereal
  34. Skirt steak
  35. Smucker’s Uncrustables

20. Weddings and Divorces

This information has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On January 10, professional baseball outfielder Barry Bonds married Elizabeth Watson.
  2. On March 27, author Danielle Steel wed financier Thomas James Perkins.
  3. On May 1, Reality Bites actor Ethan Hawke married Pulp Fiction actress Uma Thurman.
  4. On May 1, cyclist Lance Armstrong wed Kristin Richard. (They were divorced in 2003.)
  5. On June 20, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt married Elizabeth Berrios.
  6. On June 21, Home Alone actor Macaulay Culkin wed Broadway actress Rachel Miner.
  7. On July 1, actress, singer, songwriter, and filmmaker Barbra Streisand married actor James Brolin.
  8. On September 4, Sex and The City actress Kim Cattrall wed audio designer Mark Levinson.
  9. On November 14, professional basketball player Dennis Rodman married Baywatch actress Carmen Electra.
  10. On November 28, actor Chuck Norris wed former model Gena O'Kelley.
  11. On December 30, German Chancellor Angela Merkel married quantum chemist Joachim Sauer.

Divorces:

  1. On January 8, actress Roseanne Barr filed for divorce from her third husband Ben Thomas.
  2. On March 5, singer Mariah Carey and music executive Tommy Mottola divorced after two years of marriage.
  3. On October 13, English professional golfer Nick Faldo divorced Gill Bennett after 12 years of marriage.
In 1998, Google’s first “Google Doodle” appeared on their web page.

In 1998, Google’s first “Google Doodle” appeared on their web page.

21. Famous People Who Died in 1998

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 1: Helen Wills Moody (American tennis player)
  2. March 8: Ray Nitschke (American football player)
  3. March 15: Benjamin Spock (American pediatrician and writer)
  4. April 6: Tammy Wynette (American country singer)
  5. April 17: Linda McCartney (American photographer and wife of Paul McCartney)
  6. May 14: Frank Sinatra (American singer and actor)
  7. September 13: George Wallace (American politician)
  8. September 29: Tom Bradley (Mayor of Los Angeles)
  9. October 28: Ted Hughes (poet and British Poet Laureate)
  10. December 24: Raemer Schreiber (American physicist)

22. America’s Largest Corporations

  1. General Motors
  2. Ford Motor
  3. Exxon Mobil
  4. Walmart
  5. General Electric
  6. IBM
  7. Chrysler
  8. Mobil
  9. Altria Group
  10. AT&T

23. Internet Companies Established

Startups included Adventure Gamers, Airlock Alpha, AllHipHop, AllMovie, AlterNet, Amazon China, Anime News Network, Atom.com, BarrysWorld, Blue Oval News, Brainbench, Break Media, Break.com, Cars.com, CNSNews.com, Computer Hope, The Daily Howler, Digital Journal, DMOZ, eBid, Érudit, Etree, Everything2, EWay, FanFiction.net, FilmWeb, Formsite, Go.com, Google, GovWorks, GreatSchools, HealthBoards, HistoryLink, HowStuffWorks, Imagine Radio, Intermix Media, LastMinute.com, Legacy.com, and LendingTree.

Other startups were Memepool, Moreover Technologies, MoveOn, MozillaZine, Music Online Records, News24, Omniglot, Oneview, Parents Television Council, Pets.com, Pixelon, Questia Online Library, SatireWire, Ship of Fools (website), Shopping.com, SpeedyClick.com, Sperling's BestPlaces, StartPage.com, TextFiles.com, Traffic.com, Tweakers, WebJet, WebMoney, Where's George?, World News Network, Yahoo! Auctions, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Messenger, and Yahoo! Movies.

In 1998, GeoCities was one of the most-visited websites.

In 1998, GeoCities was one of the most-visited websites.

References

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

Comments

Liz Westwood from UK on January 09, 2019:

No I don't remember the open directory. Elton John's knighthood rings a bell, but I had forgotten the hip replacement. Google and paypal seem to have been around forever.

Gregory DeVictor (author) from Pittsburgh, PA on January 09, 2019:

Hello Liz. Thank you for the comment. Like you, I do not know where all the years have gone. I didn’t realize that both Google and PayPal were launched back in 1998, or that the DMCA was passed and DMOZ was launched. Do you remember the DMOZ Open Directory? Oh yes, I did not know anything about Elton John being knighted either, or the queen mother’s emergency hip replacement. You probably remember all of this.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 09, 2019:

The sad thing for me is that 1998 does not seem very long ago! Where have 20 years gone? The Elton John song stayed top of the charts for months after he sang it at the Princess of Wales' funeral. Another outstanding compilation.

Gregory DeVictor (author) from Pittsburgh, PA on January 07, 2019:

Hello Mary. Thank you for the comment. What I found very interesting was the list of the 50 most popular websites in 1998. I had completely forgotten about GeoCities and AngelFire.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 07, 2019:

I love this capsule of 1998. It brings back memories. Most of the names that were popular then on the internet are no longer around. Change has been so fast since then.