1998 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

1998 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

Quick Facts from 1998:

  • World Changing Event: Google.com was founded in Menlo Park, California, by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
  • The Catchphrase: “Is that your final answer?” from Do You Want To Be A Millionaire.
  • The Top Song was Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
  • Influential Songs include: The Cup of Life by Ricky Martin, Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger, Are You That Somebody? by Aaliyah and Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day
  • The Movies to Watch include Saving Private Ryan, Wag the Dog, Les Misérables, Mighty Joe Young, The Prince of Egypt, Mulan and The Truman Show
  • People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive: Harrison Ford
  • In 1998’s Soldier, one of the weapons Kurt Russel’s character is listed as being proficient with is the “Illudium PU36 ESM” which refers to the Illudium PU36 Explosive Space Modulator from Looney Tunes Marvin the Martian
  • Notable books include: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling and Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  • Price of Titleist golf balls in 1998: $20.00/48
    Panasonic Camcorder: $489.00
  • The Razor Scooter was introduced at the NSGA World Sports Expo.
  • The Funny Guy was: Eddie Izzard
  • On April Fools Day in 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in USA Today introducing a Whopper designed especially for lefties. The new burger would contain the same ingredients as the original, but rotated 180°. Thousands of customers swarmed BK restaurants requesting the “lefty” Whopper.
  • The Communication: In 1998, Noel Godin, a Belgian anarchist, hit Bill Gates in the face with a cream pie.

Top Ten Baby Names of 1998:
Emily, Hannah, Samantha, Sarah, Ashley, Michael, Jacob, Matthew, Joshua, Chris, Topher

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Heidi Klum, Rebecca Romijn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Schiffer, Victoria Silvstedt, Niki Taylor

Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men:
David Beckham, Johnny Depp, George Clooney

“The Quotes:”
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman”
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”
– President Bill Clinton

“Think different”
-Apple Computer

“Think outside the bun”
– Taco Bell

Time Magazine’s Men of the Year:
Bill Clinton
Kenneth Starr

Miss America:
Kate Shindle (Evanston, IL)

Miss USA:
Shawnae Jebbia (Massachusetts)

The Scandals:
George Michael was arrested in 1998 for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public restroom in a Beverly Hills, CA park.

Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton. The news of this extra-marital affair and the resulting investigation eventually led to the impeachment hearing of Bill Clinton in 1998 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Quick Celebrity marriages in 1998:
Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman (9 days)
Catherine Oxenberg and Robert Evens (12 days)

Pop Vocalist Death:
Frank Sinatra, age 82

Country Legend Vocalist Death:
Tammy Wynette, age 55

Country Movie Legend Vocalist Death:
Roy Rogers, age 86

Pop Star Turned Congressman Death:
Sonny Bono, age 62

Television Star Death:
Phil Hartman, age 49

Pop Culture History:
MP3s were created for the first time.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin misspelled ‘googol’ when they started their little search engine experiment. A googol is a big number – a 1 followed by 100 zeros. A googolplex is 10 raised to the power of one googol. You should memorize that, because you never can tell when you might be called to name the biggest number you can. If somebody calls it before you, say the same thing ‘plus one.’

JetBlue Airways was founded.

Job seeker website Monster.com was founded.

Serena and Venus Williams said they could beat any man ranked 200 or worse in a game of tennis. Karsten Braasch, ranked 203, accepted the challenge and beat them both, at 6-1 and 6-2.

Jesse Ventura was elected Governer of Minnesota

Smartwater, vapor-distilled water was introduced. The next year, Fruitwater was available too.

When AOL 4.0 launched, they used all of the world’s CD production capacity for several weeks

The first W Hotel opened in New York on Lexington Ave and 49th Street.

Gillette introduced the Mach3 razor, the first triple-blade shaving tool.

Roy Berger did 3,416 push-ups in Ottawa, Canada on August 30.

One of the first recognized instances of internet democracy was seen when Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, a regular on Howard Stern, was voted #1 as a write in for People’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” He beat out Leonardo Dicaprio by over 215,000 votes.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1998: $1,300,000

Doomsday Clock:
9 minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
1998: “India and Pakistan stage nuclear weapons tests only three weeks apart. “The tests are a symptom of the failure of the international community to fully commit itself to control the spread of nuclear weapons–and to work toward substantial reductions in the numbers of these weapons,” a dismayed Bulletin reports. Russia and the United States continue to serve as poor examples to the rest of the world. Together, they still maintain 7,000 warheads ready to fire at each other within 15 minutes.”

The Habit:
Reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

1st appearances & 1998’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Furby, Barbie and Ken as the Munsters Giftset, Betty Spaghetti

Popular and Notable Books From 1998:
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse by Anne Carson
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
The Klone and I by Danielle Steel
The Little Sisters of Eluria by Stephen King
The Long Road Home by Danielle Steel
Mirror Image by Danielle Steel
“N” is for Noose by Sur Grafton
Paradise by Toni Morrison
The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan
Point of Origin by Patricia Cornwell
Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Widow for One Year by John Irving
You Belong To Me by Mary Higgins Clark

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Titanic (presented in 1998)

1998 Entries to The National Film Registry:
42nd Street (released in 1933)
The Bride of Frankenstein (released in 1935)
The City (released in 1939)
Dead Birds (released in 1964)
Don’t Look Back (released in 1967)
Easy Rider (released in 1969)
From the Manger to the Cross (released in 1912)
Gun Crazy aka Deadly Is the Female (released in 1949)
The Hitch-Hiker (released in 1953)
The Immigrant (released in 1917)
The Last Picture Show (released in 1971)
Little Miss Marker (released in 1934)
The Lost World (released in 1925)
Modesta (released in 1956)
The Ox-Bow Incident (released in 1943)
Pass the Gravy (released in 1928)
The Phantom of the Opera (released in 1925)
Powers of Ten (released in 1978)
The Public Enemy (released in 1931)
Sky High (released in 1922)
Steamboat Willie (released in 1928)
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (released in 1940)
Tootsie (released in 1982)
Twelve O’Clock High (released in 1949)
Westinghouse Works (released in 1904)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Saving Private Ryan
2. Armageddon
3. There’s Something About Mary
4. A Bug’s Life
5. The Waterboy
6. Doctor Dolittle
7. Rush Hour
8. Deep Impact
9. Godzilla
10. Patch Adams

1998 Most Popular TV shows:
1. E.R. (NBC)
2. Friends (NBC)
3. Frasier (NBC)
4. Veronica’s Closet (NBC)
5. Jesse (NBC)
6. 60 Minutes (CBS)
7. Touched By An Angel (CBS)
8. Home Improvement (ABC)
9. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
10. NYPD Blue (ABC)’

1998 Billboard Number One Songs:
October 11, 1997 – January 16, 1998:
Candle In The Wind 1997 – Elton John

January 17 – January 30:
Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

January 31 – February 13:
Together Again – Janet Jackson

February 14 – February 27:
Nice & Slow – Usher

February 28 – March 13:
My Heart Will Go On – Céline Dion

March 14 – April 3:
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It – Will Smith

April 4 – April 24:
All My Life – K-Ci and JoJo

April 25 – May 29:
Too Close – Next

May 30 – June 5:
My All – Mariah Carey

June 6 – September 4:
The Boy Is Mine – Brandy & Monica

September 5 – October 2:
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

October 3 – November 6:
The First Night – Monica

November 7 – November 13:
One Week – Barenaked Ladies

November 14 – November 27:
Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

November 28- December 4:
Lately – Divine

December 5 – January 15:
I’m Your Angel R. Kelly & Céline Dion

World Series Champions: New York Yankees
Superbowl XXXII Champions: Denver Broncos
NBA Champions: Chicago Bulls
Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf Lee Janzen
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Patrick Rafter/Lindsay Davenport
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Pete Sampras/Jana Novotna
NCAA Football Champions: Tennessee
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Real Quiet
World Cup (Soccer): France

Sports Highlights:
Mark McGuire hit 70 Home Runs